Christmas is believed to have pagan roots and began almost 2000 years back. One of the most popular cultural festivals celebrated all across the globe, Christmas rejoices the birth of Lord Jesus to Mary and Joseph in a manger.
The birth of Jesus is narrated through various carols that talk of how angel Gabriel had told Mary that she will be bearing the Lord. Joseph and Mary had reached Bethlehem, Mary traveling on the "little donkey". Unable to find a room in the inn, Mary and Joseph took shelter in the manger where baby Jesus was born. It is believed that a mysterious star spread the news to the Jews and also guided the three Magi who came to shower gifts on baby Jesus.
Often the origin of Christmas is said to have stemmed from pagan festivals like the popular Roman Saturnalia, which was celebrated during the Winter Solstice. The day of Christ’s birth is conceived by the Christians to be the most sacred day of the year. It is only the New Testament, which gives an account of the story of the birth of Christ. In 336 AD Emperor Constantine converted this pagan tradition to the ‘Christian’ holiday of Christmas.