Neither a Christmas tree nor the Christmas shopping season is in the season of Christmas with where, and has a romantic and gay mood.
Then, where is Christmas really coming from about what time?
The beginning of the history of Christmas goes back to the Jesus Christ era.
it is one of the religion events of Christianity to call it Christmas -- Jesus Christ's birth -- it is said that it will be a memorial day which congratulates Christ on his birth as a festival if it says simply
Christ = since it is God, it will be called the public holiday which celebrates the day when God was born in Christianity.
It is said that this event was produced around A.D. 345 at least.
Then, it is although it will be by missionary Francis Xavier's propagation activities in 1549 that the Christmas which is a religion event of Christianity came on to Japan why, or Christianity went into Japan for the first time,
Missionary Xavier and a friend the event in which the first Christmas in Japan is celebrated, in the three years in 1552 in the late Muromachi period
It is said that having gathered Japanese Christians and having performed the Mass is considered as beginning.
Although subsequent Japan changed from the Muromachi period to the Age of Civil Wars and had the time when looks, such as Christmas which is related to Christianity except for a secret Christian under the influence to which Christianity suppression became strong, were not carried out, either,
It becomes Meiji Era after that, the national isolation policy [ exclusive ] by the Edo period is lost, and westernization visits from the opening of a country at a stretch,
In response to the flow with which the trend which takes in foreign culture again became strong, Christmas will revive again even in Japan at these days.
but -- from ancient times -- or -- the Japanese in which a Christian is very slight was not necessarily celebrating the Christ birth purely
It seems that it carried out by spreading at a stretch since the Christmas shopping season started around in 1900 against the background of the stylish trend of Meiji Era suddenly in the Tokyo Ginza.
That is, Christmas which is seen by the Christian country is not the custom of passing together with a family, either,
In the case of Japan which entered from the Christmas shopping season, they are rather a present, and a sweetheart and a date,
I feel that it is the mood which hooked on trade and was made.
It is said that Japan's trend to pass Christmas and Christmas Eve with a sweetheart incidentally is in use.
The countries of the Christian who celebrates Christmas as a day of the Christ birth from the first rather think a mental thing as important,
In the case of Japan, the difference in the tendency to ask for the material thing which stemmed from commercialism with the family, or brightness to aiming at passing calmly
I think that it can be said that it has come out in such forms.