The real story of Christmas: From sun-worship to Sinterklaas
The first Christians wouldn't recognize today's Santa-centric holiday, let alone figure out what that tree is doing in the living room.
History doesn’t record when the first Christmas was celebrated, but it was probably sometime in the fourth century CE, in the Roman Empire. What's sure is that the first historic record of the holiday is a calendar dating from 354 CE, belonging to a rich Roman Christian named Philocalus.
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