The birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ

As early as the year 300, the memorial day for the birth of Christ had been fixed to December 25th in the Roman calendar. From Rome, the tradition for the celebration was spread throughout the world and by year 400 this day was also celebrated in the eastern church.

Fresco by Sandra Botticelli 1476, Santa Maria Novella in Florence

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