The countdown on the advent calendar begins...only twenty four more days! In honor of that and along with my 2009 Holiday Reading Challenge I thought I would share some fun facts about this jolly holly season with ya'll from the book The Christmas Almanack by Gerard & Patricia Del Re.
Why do we celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December? Because of Mithra, a figure spoken about in the Zend-Avesta, from sacred Zoroastrian scriptures. He was born out of a rock on this date. And since the Romans ruled at the time they also enjoyed celebrating the festival of Dies Invicti Solis or the Day of the Invincible Sun on this same day the 25th of December. So possibly emperor Constantine combined the two Mithraism and Christianity into the new celebration of Christ Mass. The Invincible Sun god became the new Sun of Righteousness.