- Holidays and Celebrations
Events That Changed History on Christmas Day
December 25th...a day that we will have in our memories forever. We wonder why they chose this day and how we became involved in the traditional festivity.
When we are kids we don't have too many choices, you just follow your parents wherever they decide to go. If you go to a Synagogue since birth, then you were born Jew. If you still celebrate Christmas on January the 6th, most likely you are from Armenian Ancestry.
Way back on the First and second Century, Calendars were not as today; so the date of Christ real date of Birth was lost in 'Biblical times'. Most Scholars agree that could've happened between 2 B.C. and 5 A.D.
Now just think about it, humanly speaking we cannot live over 90 or a hundred years. Bishops and the Scriptures did give us the average count of events. Browsing through the Holly Book and some mentioning from the Apostles gives us a shady idea about God's son Birthday.
DECEMBER 25TH 336 A.D.
Emperor Justinian declares the date as a Celebration for the Son of God's Birthday. Why? Winter Solstice would fall on December 21, and Pagans were already used to take those days as Holidays. Consequently, to make things clear, Theologians merged the celebration of 'Solis Invictus' or unconquered Sun with "The Unique and only Creator of the Sun and this world." This way Norse and Yule and Saturnine Celebrations will merge as one.
DECEMBER 25TH 800 A.D.
You are a Pope and want to make sure that whatever you do, will be remembered in the annals of History. Charlemagne is invading your Land, Italy. Seeing that instead of going against the Franks and trying to save "The holly Roman Church"... You suggest to this King from Gaulle or 'Rex Francorum' to be crowned Imperator Augustus, on this date. Your name? Leo III. Adding Germania and central Europe to Charlemagne's Kingdom was a good move for Christendom too. Now... to this day, you can see traces of This holly roman Empire: From Romania way into Ireland..when Roman troops docked into Britannia on 43 A.D.
William the Conqueror
DECEMBER 25TH 1066
You have come from Normandy on September 1066 and don't even speak a word of 'old English.' The good thing is that Monks and Erudite studied the language from Britain around that time; you have defeated the last English Monarch Harold Godwinson at Hastings. You think you have the right to claim this Isles as yours... Being already the Duke of Normandy, gives you the rights to that claim. In old French you are known as 'Guillaume le Conquerant' and for the Western World you are known as William the Conqueror. Once again, Church is involved and decides to crown you on Christmas day. Now to make things clearer, you will be known and William the First. Anglo-Saxons have to obey your rules and Language changes forever. You know you have come with Flemings, Britons and Norman Invaders...you need to pay them back, we didn't have tax money... so we suggest you to tax people creating the Doomsday Book.
DECEMBER 25, 1642
You are a premature baby not being born until that day. The place is a Hamlet in today's Lincoln shire at Woolsthorpe, England. Of course, your father was an average Yeoman and a prosperous farmer..but oh God! He, your dad, happens to die 3 months before your birthday...maybe that's why you were born premature or perhaps to show the world that you didn't come in vain. Now, the advantage of coming early was the notion of adapting and survival right? Do we make sense? When you were born, your mom Hannah could make you fit in a shoe box. Now back in 1642, England has not adopted yet the Gregorian Calendar, so for the rest of the Western world, you arrived on the day after Epiphany. Good Grief Isaac Newton!
Yeah! I know..I know, you were mad at your mom for marrying another man when you were just 4, and that put your mind to work to the point of become what you were: a genius. By being born on that day you became very religious, but you concealed your beliefs within yourself. But oh! God...The story of that Apple... Did you invent it Sir Isaac Newton? Or maybe you were reading the story of William Tell, huh?
DECEMBER 25, 1776
Can you believe that certain events marked the success of Washington cross over the Delaware river in this day. A week before Thomas Paine published his Hub of the day, called 'the common sense' and his new Pamphlet titled..,you might remember it from grammar school, 'the American crisis', where 'the more harder the conflict, the more glorious the Triumph.'
Washington was pushed by the British Army into Pennsylvania with low morale and already facing desertion from his militia. On December 20, reinforcements from Philadelphia arrived with the so needed blankets. On December 23, recruits from local areas surrounded New Brunswick and Trenton, joined the Continental Army. The garrison from the British side at Trenton, were defended by Hessians, who didn't expect any attack until the end of that year.
We know that Washington was the right and bright Commander for the almost disbanded army of that Winter. Another lucky situation was that the boats, Durham boats to be precise, were operated by experienced watermen from New Jersey and Seamen from Marblehead Massachusetts. This was meant to be and the New nation of freedom was going underway with the help of anonymous heroes and the well known Prince Whipple, one of the First African slaves that joined the cause with his 'owner' at that time.