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Why do Christians celebrate Jesus's birthday on Dec. 25 when it isn't truly his birthday?

I have recently realized that the day that christians have chose is also a day for pagans to celebrate. We should be celebrating it in Sept. not Dec!

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:13 PM on Nov. 29, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Why do people celebrate Thanksgiving when that is not the day or even the month that the Pilgrims celebrated?

    Answer by EireLass at 8:17 PM on Nov. 29, 2008

  • There is something about Christmas being a pagan thing posted earlier today...

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 8:54 PM on Nov. 29, 2008

  • ReneeK3

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 8:57 PM on Nov. 29, 2008

  • Actually the decision to celebrate on Dec. 25th was made by the pope. Can't remeber the exact year it was made, but that's why.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 8:57 PM on Nov. 29, 2008

  • Mostly because it was a widely celebrated holiday anyway, and they wanted to move the concept away from the pagan's holiday, and into more of a christian holiday. Sadly they should of celebrated it in the spring (the time of birth in pagan religions), or on his real birthday.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 9:41 PM on Nov. 29, 2008

  • It's easier for a new faith/idea to integrate themselves into the collective by adapting existing traditions, rituals, holidays, etc. By taking those things and slightly changing them to fit the new idea, people are better able to adapt, or even be part of a change and not even know it.

    Answer by saphire_eyes802 at 11:22 PM on Nov. 29, 2008

  • Christmas a pagen holiday?

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 2:03 AM on Nov. 30, 2008

  • Why do people celebrate any holiday, memorial bdays or etc on the wrong day? Why do people celebrate Christmas when there is no Santa Claus? Why does anyone celebrate any holiday?

    Because for whatever reason, they hold it as a special day to memorialize and/or celebrate something ... or as an excuse to take the day off, kick back and have fun. =) Live and let live ♥

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:08 AM on Nov. 30, 2008

  • Christmas is not actually the birth of Christ. I’m Christian and I do not celebrate Christmas because this is what you are actually celebrating (bellow is taken directly from the encyclopedia) and this is not part of the true Christian belief. If you read the bible you will find Christ was born in the spring. We go according to a different calendar today than they did then.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:18 PM on Nov. 30, 2008

  • Christmas (IPA: /krɪsmÉ™s/), also referred to as Christmas Day or Christmastide, is an annual holiday celebrated on December 25[2] that marks and honors the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.[3][4][5] His birth, which is the basis for the Anno Domini system of dating, has been determined by modern historians as having occurred between 7 and 2 BC. The date of celebration is not thought to be Jesus' actual date of birth, and may have been chosen to coincide with ancient Roman solar festivals that were held on December 25.[6]

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:18 PM on Nov. 30, 2008

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