|Diary Doodle - Wilma Simmons 2017|
The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336 AD, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th December. For at least three hundred years, birthdays were obviously not days of celebration and the Church calendar concentrated on the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ as the important dates of the year. It was not until 596 AD that Christmas was first celebrated in England.