Christmas is the day Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is also the name of the 12-day long season in the Liturgical calendar. The Christmas season begins on Christmas Day, December 25, and lasts until the 5th of January. The name Christmas comes from the “Mass of Christ,” or “Christ’s Mass,” in English. 

Unlike many Christian holy days, Christmas was not traditionally celebrated in the earliest days of the Church. 

Objective: In this course, students will learn about the history of Christmas and why we celebrate it the way we do today. Students will also learn about the history of Advent and why it is also important. 

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    The History of Christmas - Lesson 1 - The History of Advent

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The History of Christmas - Lesson 1 - The History of Advent - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The History of Christmas - Lesson 1 - The History of Advent - VIDEO

    • The History of Christmas - Lesson 1 - The History of Advent - QUIZ

  • 02

    The History of Christmas - Lesson 2 - The History of Christmas

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The History of Christmas - Lesson 2 - The History of Christmas - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The History of Christmas - Lesson 2 - The History of Christmas - VIDEO

    • The History of Christmas - Lesson 2 - The History of Christmas - QUIZ

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Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Professor Marshall Connolly has spent his life in service to God and the Church as an educator and writer. He is a graduate of the California State University system and has earned bachelor's degrees in English and History, as well as a teaching credential. He has completed additional studies at Whitman College, and the University of San Diego. His interests include science and apologetics and he writes on both subjects for Catholic Online (catholic.org), the World's Catholic Library.

He serves as the first Director of Education for Catholic Online School.

Professor Marshall Connolly

Director of Education