Santa Claus is, perhaps unfortunately, the most recognizable character during the Christmas season. But did you know that for all that he commercially represents, Santa Claus is surprisingly rooted in ancient Christianity?
There are 12 days separating December 25 and January 6—the original Twelve Days of Christmas. Why are there two separate dates to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ?
My new column on the Deseret News, “The real 12 days of Christmas and why April 6 is a religiously significant date.“
An insightful article on Biblical Archaeology about the dating of Christmas and other Christian holidays. Some argue that Jesus was conceived on April 6, born on January 6, and crucified on April 6. Cyclical views of time where significant events fall on certain, specific, special days (perhaps borrowing from Judaism) may be more informative to the development of these dating traditions rather than linear notions of time, which are quite western.
I rather like the idea of celebrating the real 12 days of Christmas, starting on December 25 and ending on January 6. What is there not to like about 12 days of holidays?