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why is dec 25th christmas?

i know to celebrate jesus' birthday altho he wasnt born then but what is the reason behind it?

im not posting anon altho i may sound stupid but was wondering thats all


Asked by san78 at 3:34 PM on Nov. 9, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • My brother don't do x-mas. He said it a man made holiday
    No offense meant, but does that mean he doesn't do ANY of the holidays? They are all man-made.

    Very short version -- Around 600 CE, one of the Popes decided that December 25th was going to be the day to celebrate the birth of Christ because it was close to the Pagan holidays and would help (he hoped) convert them to Christianity.

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 8:33 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • The eventual choice of December 25, made perhaps as early as 273, reflects a convergence of Origen's concern about pagan gods and the church's identification of God's son with the celestial sun. December 25 already hosted two other related festivals: natalis solis invicti (the Roman "birth of the unconquered sun"), and the birthday of Mithras, the Iranian "Sun of Righteousness" whose worship was popular with Roman soldiers. The winter solstice, another celebration of the sun, fell just a few days earlier. Seeing that pagans were already exalting deities with some parallels to the true deity, church leaders decided to commandeer the date and introduce a new festival.


    Answer by tryin2BGOOD at 3:41 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • December 25th was chosen for Christmas because it coincided with the Roman holiday of Saturnalia, which was the most popular holiday for the Romans. Since conversion implied giving up all those holidays, it wasn't very popular at first, so early Christians began the practice of "Christianizing" Pagan holidays and places to make conversion easier and/or more popular. Here in Mexico, for example, the earliest churches are built on top of the pyramids, so the indigenous population wouldn't feel a huge difference by converting- most actually didn't realize they had converted.


    Answer by momto2boys973 at 5:30 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • It has to due with the fact that christianity was fround upon. There was a pagen holiday then (i think) that way it looked like they were celebrating their holiday and not the birth of Jesus.

    Answer by BJN2in10 at 3:40 PM on Nov. 9, 2010


    This is where I found the above paragraph.

    Answer by tryin2BGOOD at 3:43 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • The original holidays were celebrated by Pagans. December 21st was celebrated as the winter solstice and Yule was celebrated from around that time to around the beginning of January (determined by lunar calendar). The holiday was celebrated with feasts, gift giving, yule logs, mistletoe & caroling...and let's not forget about the Solstice Evergreen - AKA - the "christmas tree".

    So, basically, everyone was pagans. Then christianity was invented. They didn't like the pagans and so they took over the holidays that pagans were celebrating as a way of saying "see? you can still have your fun! it's better this way - because if you don't convert we are just going to kill you."

    Ostara - a pagan holiday of fertility and "rebirth" becomes Easter - celebration of Jesus' "rebirth".
    Samhain - All Saints Day/All Hallows Eve (better known as halloween)

    Answer by gypsyjewels at 10:56 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • I was wondering that too. so thanks for the info. My brother don't do x-mas. He said it a man made holiday

    Answer by HomeAlone45 at 7:07 PM on Nov. 9, 2010