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Why is 25th of December chosen to be the birth day of Jesus? From what I know, there are no reliable sources on which day Jesus is born. Why then is the particular date chosen?
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Probably because it’s close to the Winter Solstice, which was already widely celebrated by various Pagan groups at the time.
Because the Church was always trying to help converts to celebrate something lawful when the old pagans holidays came around.
It was chosen because of the pagan holidays that go on that time. It was meant as a replacement for them. A lot of the Christmas traditions span from the pagan winter and solstice holidays.
He was more likely born in the spring as we know it but they used the pagan holiday to, in a way, one-up them
cuse that’s the birth dates of all the prophets before him. on the 25th of december the 3 stars on Orion’s belt( otherwise known as the three kings) aligns with the star in the east. or its just a random date, he never existed, so i wouldnt worry about it
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Because in the early Greek periods, December was the month of orgies and feasts and festivals to the gods. It was the time of the feast of Saturnalia. The winter was coming, and they wanted to appease the gods, that they would survive the winter and they would see the spring and all of this. So these tremendous pagan festivals to Saturnalia and to many other deities were held in December. Now, the Constantine Roman Empire that came about in about 300 or so, after that they wanted to sort of Christianize everything, and so in approximately 450 AD the bishop of Rome decided that it would be really good if they could Christianize the festivals of December. So he determined in some kind of conjunction with the Bishop of Jerusalem that they would spot December 25 as the birth of Christ. And if they could pick December 25th as the birth of Christ, that might sanctify all of this, even though it’s highly unlikely that He was born then. They were really trying to overpower the paganism. But instead, they got a mishmash. Now, that is not say we have to abandon all meaningful things. I mean, just because the world wants to mess up and confuse the issue, doesn’t mean I have to be confused about it. I could celebrate Christmas today if I wanted to, and I could celebrate it any day I want. And I can be grateful the Lord was born, or the Lord was risen from the dead, or whatever. That’s my prerogative as long as I understand the distinction.
Actually, the answers below are all sorta right. Christianity was not a very popular religion right after Christ’s death and resurrection. To “promote” christianity to pagans, early church members did alot of things to help them with the transition. Naming Christmas as December 25th was one of them, having easter eggs as part of Easter was another.So the short answer is this: To help the pagans convert to Christianity because they already had rituals for the winter solstice.
becasue that is when the winter solstice was, and the christians waned to replace it.that is why there are a lo of pagan traditions at christman (tree, mistletoe, etc.)
The New Catholic Encyclopedia acknowledges: “The date of Christ’s birth is not known. The Gospels indicate neither the day nor the month . . . According to the hypothesis suggested by H. Usener . . . and accepted by most scholars today, the birth of Christ was assigned the date of the winter solstice (December 25 in the Julian calendar, January 6 in the Egyptian), because on this day, as the sun began its return to northern skies, the pagan devotees of Mithra celebrated the dies natalis Solis Invicti (birthday of the invincible sun). On Dec. 25, 274, Aurelian had proclaimed the sun-god principal patron of the empire and dedicated a temple to him in the Campus Martius. Christmas originated at a time when the cult of the sun was particularly strong at Rome.”—(1967), Vol. III, p. 656.
The Solstice is perhaps one reason.Another may have been the fact that it was the “birthdate” of several other gods, such as Mithras, who was associated with Sol Invictus (the unconquerable sun).
The origin of Christmas is pagan, not Christian.The New Catholic Encyclopedia acknowledges: “The date of Christ’s birth is not known. The gospels indicate neither the day nor the month . . . According to the hypothesis suggested by H. Usener . . . and accepted by most scholars today, the birth of Christ was assigned the date of the winter solstice (December 25 in the Julian Calendar, January 6 in the Egyptian), because on this day, as the sun began its return to northern skies, the pagan devotees of Mithra celebrated the dies natalis Solis Invicti (birthday of the invincible sun). On Dec. 25, 274, Aurelian had proclaimed the sun-god principal patron of the empire and dedicated a temple to him in the Campus Martius. Christmas originated at a time when the cult of the sun was particularly strong at Rome.”M’Clintock and Strong’s Cyclopœdia says: “The observance of Christmas is not of divine appointment, nor is it of N[ew] T[estament] origin. The day of Christ’s birth cannot be ascertained from the N[ew] T[estament], or, indeed, from any other source.”
STOLEN HOLIDAYS, GODS AND IDEAS: As Christianity advanced, it took over many of the pagan/Heathens’ holidays both religiously and socially. The similarities are still there for us to see today. Some of the Christian Sects even admit this and refuse to take part in these celebrations (The Jehovah’s Witnesses and The Worldwide Church of God are two such groups).This replacement of true Ritual and Holiday times with the spiritually neutered versions were two fold in their purpose. The Christian Churches could try to overshadow the true Holiday to further their own control over the people and still give the human party-animals a celebration to keep them pacified. This was clearly a case of “getting more flies with honey than with vinegar”. .Christmas is another of the “borrowed” holidays. This time of year is Yule; the time that the Sun would shine upon the Earth would be longer and longer each day for the next six months. This is also the start of the New Year as the cycle started all over again. This is a symbolic rebirth of the SUN (not the SON of some Christian god). The Yule celebration included the use of Evergreen Trees for decoration since they were the only trees to “live” through the winter, and atop the tree they would place a symbol of The North Star which guided them on their Sea Journeys (not the “Christmas Star” which guided the “Wise men” to a god-baby). It is interesting also that the Old Testament commands you NOT to participate in the use of what Christians call a “Christmas Tree” in Jeremiah 10:2-4#! The Eagle, one of the decorations for the Yule tree is one of the shapes symbolizing ODIN, not a “dove of Peace” or representation of a or “the” “Holy Spirit” is in many Xmas trees. The three “Wise men” visiting the “Baby Jesus” (Joshua Ben Joseph) and his Mother is really The Three Wanderers, ODIN, THOR and LOKI visiting FRIGGA, the Mother of the Gods and the newborn God of the New Year (or the three NORNS depending upon which source you have for the story. In the Bible there is no mention as to the number of “Wise men” that visited the Nazarene, the number THREE is only found in the Germanic stories of the Norse Gods. Even Santa Claus watching to see who “is naughty and who is nice”, is a rip off of the German tribes believing that “ODIN”, or “WOTAN” in Germany, would fly over the land and see who is mistreating their families and livestock. There are also tails of ODIN visiting Midgard during the Yule season and sitting near the fire to listen to any complaints that Humans had in order to correct them. He often carried a bag of bread to feed the poor. Other stories are of the sleigh with Santa which is actually THOR with his chariot pulled by Goats, with THOR dressed in red which is his color. THOR was always a jolly (to humans anyway) protector of mankind from the evil giants etc, and he stayed someplace in the north where he went to fight the giants (hmmmmm. reference to the modern Santa and the “North Pole”.“Santa” was also made up of several other folk stories from many civilizations, not just the stories of the Old Gods of the Northern Folk, but I will leave those stories for those people to write.All of these stolen practices were used in order to sway the remaining Heathens from the worship of the Old Gods after the Clergy and Wise Elders of the Heathens were murdered by “Good Christians” such as Charlemagne, “Saint” Olaf Haroldsson and Olaf Tryggvason. Without that leadership, the general populous weren’t too much more informed about spiritual things than is the general public today, and very soon lost the Old Religion.