The missionary Christians were both fascinated by these festivals and pragmatic enough to know that they were of great importance to the people they wanted to convert and so they decided to incorporate elements of those celebrations into their own religious observance of the birth of Christ.
It is no wonder that the Western World, with our overwhelmingly Christian heritage, should celebrate Christmas as our main solstice holiday.
Each Roman community selected a victim whom they forced to indulge in food and other physical pleasures throughout the week.
At the festivals conclusion, December 25The ancient Greek writer poet and historian Lucian (in his dialogue entitled Saturnalia) describes the festivals observance in his time.
Top 10 Winter Holidays that Christmas Copied As with Easter, Christmas is one of the key celebrations in the Christian Calendar.
In the lead up to December 25 Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, a divine savior born from a human mother.
Christmas today is a worldwide celebration among Christians.
The "reason of the season" is a combination of different traditions.
It includes sun worship and pagan nature religions who have venerated the natural cycle for many thousands of years.
In combination with these religious sources is a heavy dose of commercialism - many "traditions" are in fact invented by commercial companies trying to find nifty ways of selling goods.
A sensible and modern refrain is that Christmas is simply a secular midwinter holiday season; it is important to all families as one of the three holiday seasons in between children's school terms.