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The feast regained prominence after 800, when Charlemagne was crowned emperor on Christmas Day.Associating it with drunkenness and other misbehavior, the Puritans banned Christmas in the 17th century.Further, others say that He was born on the 24th or 25th of Pharmuthi [April 20 or 21].Various factors contributed to the selection of December 25 as a date of celebration: it was the date of the winter solstice on the Roman calendar; it was about nine months after March 25, the date of the vernal equinox and a date linked to the conception of Jesus.Christmas played a role in the Arian controversy of the fourth century.In the early Middle Ages, it was overshadowed by Epiphany.He, therefore, who bent low and lifted us up chose the shortest day, yet the one whence light begins to increase." Linking Jesus to the Sun was supported by various Biblical passages.
Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, Christmas music and caroling, lighting a Christingle, viewing a Nativity play, an exchange of Christmas cards, church services, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly.All the major events of Christ's life, especially the passion, were celebrated on this date.In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul mentions Passover, presumably celebrated according to the local calendar in Corinth.When Joseph and Mary arrived in the city, the inn had no room and so they were offered a stable where the Christ Child was soon born, with angels proclaiming this news to shepherds who then further disseminated the information.Today, most Christians celebrate on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, which has been adopted almost universally in the civil calendars used in countries throughout the world.
December 25 was the date of the winter solstice on the Roman calendar.