It’s easy to get lost in the presents and eggnog and endless mind-numbing Christmas carols. But the truth is, Christmas has only recently become the massive, consumer holiday it is today.
Modern Christmas traditions evolved over centuries, slowly taking hold in both Christian and secular homes around the globe. But there was a time when early Christians didn’t celebrate birthdays at all, let alone Christ’s, believing birth celebrations to be little more than “pagan” practices. Clearly, there’s a lot we don’t really know, or have forgotten, about how the modern Christmas came to be.
Scroll down to learn seven surprising facts about Christmas history and traditions: