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Was Jesus Christ really born on December 25?

Was Jesus Christ really born on December 25?

Not Exactly.

It is generally accepted that Jesus was not born on December 25th.

Despite the fact that millions now celebrate Christmas on December 25 assuming that Jesus Christ was born on this very day.

However, facts do not corroborate either the date or the tradition of celebration by olden christians..

The date was likely chosen to correspond with pre-existing Roman and Pagan celebrations of the winter solstice, which is the shortest day of the year.

This would have allowed for the adoption of existing traditions and celebrations into the new Christian holiday. Additionally, the Bible does not mention the exact date of Jesus’ birth, so the date of December 25th is most likely an arbitrary choice.

It is also true that Christmas has been strongly influenced by pre-Christian, pagan traditions and customs.

Ancient pagan celebrations of the winter solstice have formed the basis of many of the traditions that are observed during the Christmas season, such as the decorating of homes with lights and greenery, gift giving, and feasting.

Similarly, Christianity has borrowed from pagan beliefs and rituals, including the celebration of Easter and other festivals, and the use of symbols like crosses and candles.

In fact, the Christian holiday of Christmas was likely based on an earlier pagan holiday, the Roman festival of Saturnalia.

In the early days of the Christian church, Christmas Day was not celebrated on December 25th.

In fact, early Christians were opposed to the holiday, as it was closely associated with pagan festivals and customs.

However, by the 4th century, the church had adopted the holiday and declared December 25th as the official date of Christmas.

The Christian Church did absorb several pagan customs and festivals during the Middle Ages, even while it was suppressing pagan beliefs and practices.

For example, the celebration of Christmas on December 25th was based on the pre-Christian Roman festival of Saturnalia, and Easter was based on the pagan festival of Ostara.

The Church adapted these customs and festivals in order to make it easier for people to transition to Christianity.

In the Middle Ages, the Christian Church destroyed many pagan communities and beliefs throughout Europe.

They targeted particularly strong pagan communities in Germany, France, and the British Isles. In these areas, the Church pursued a policy of forced conversion and persecution, destroying pagan temples and artifacts and replacing them with Christian churches and symbols.

The Church also sought to outlaw pagan practices and beliefs, such as witchcraft and astrology, and any individuals who continued to practice these activities were harshly punished.

Similarly, the myth of Santa Claus too likely owes its origin to pagan culture and traditions that the christians later snatched and digested.

Santa Claus is a mythical figure who is closely associated with Christmas, and although he is not mentioned in the Bible, he does have some ties to pagan traditions.

The earliest known reference to Santa Claus is a Dutch figure known as Sinterklaas, who was based on Saint Nicholas, a fourth-century Christian bishop.

Sinterklaas was then adapted by the English to become the modern day Santa Claus. While the figure of Santa Claus is not necessarily pagan, some of the customs and traditions associated with him, such as gift-giving and the use of magical reindeer, are rooted in pre-Christian European traditions.

Christmas is often seen as an imitation of the pre-Christian European festival of Yule, which was celebrated around the winter solstice.

Yule was a midwinter festival that included feasting, gift-giving, and a variety of rituals and activities.

In many ways, Christmas has retained many of the same traditions as Yule, such as trees, gift-giving, and feasting.

However, there are also several minor differences between the two holidays. For example, Christmas is closely associated with the Christian religion, whereas Yule was a pagan festival.

Christmas is celebrated on December 25th, whereas Yule was celebrated around the winter solstice, which usually falls between December 21st and December 23rd.

However, the similarities are too striking to make us wonder about how similarly close these two are.

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Santa Claus. How pagan is the folk lore? (Pic source: Wikipedia)
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