Is December 25th a celebration of the birth of Jesus?
The Plain Truth about Christmas
The following is a quote from, “The Plain Truth About Christmas”: The New Shaff-Herzog Encylopedia of Religious knowledge explains it clearly, in its article “Christmas”: “How much the date of the festival depended upon the pagan Brumalia (December 25th) following the Saturnalia (Dec 17-24), and celebrating the shortest day of the year and the ‘new sun’ cannot be accurately determined. The pagan Saturnalia and
Brumalia were too deeply entrenched in popular custom to be set aside by Christian influence … The pagan festival with its riot and merrymaking was so popular that Christians were glad of an excuse to continue its celebration with little change in spirit and in manner. Christian preachers of the West and the Near East protested against the unseemly frivolity with which Christ’s birthday was celebrated, while Christians of Mesopotamia accused their Western brethren of idolatry and sun worship for adopting as Christian this pagan festival.
December 25th is a Roman Holiday
Remember, the Roman world had been pagan. Prior to the fourth century, Christians were few in number, though increasing, and were persecuted by the government and by pagans.
But remember, these people had grown up in pagan customs, chief of which was this idolatrous festival of December 25th. It was a festival of merrymaking, with its special spirit. They enjoyed it! They didn’t want to give it up! Now this same article in the New Shaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge explains how the recognition by Constantine of Sunday, which had been the day of pagan sun worship, and how the influence of the pagan Manichaeism, which identified the SON of God with the physical SUN, gave these pagans of the fourth century, now turning over wholesale to “Christianity,” their excuse for calling their pagan-festival date of December 25th (birthday of the SUN-god), the birthday of the SON of God.
And that’s how “Christmas” became fastened on our Western World! We may call it by another name, but it’s the same old pagan sun-worshiping festival still! The only change is in what we call it! You can call a rabbit a “lion,” but it’s still a rabbit, just the same.
Don’t Learn the Ways of the Heathen
The short answer is NO, Jesus was not born on December 25th. This custom predates his birth by thousands of years. It was grafted onto Catholicism to gain converts. Calling it his birthday does not make it a “holy” day in the eyes of God. God has commanded against following the ways of the heathen and taking part in their worship practices.