- Since no one knows the day of his birth, the Roman Catholic Church felt free to choose December 25.
On December 25, Christians worldwide celebrated the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. It is worth revisiting the history of Jesus being the most influential person who has ever lived. During Christmas festivities, families and individuals spend, feast, exchange gifts, dance and even drink to their fill.
Ironically, though the birthday and custom of exchanging gifts they purport to be celebrating have no solid truth, still it has biblical evidence or paganism. Jesus Himself never celebrated Christmas as His birthday while He was on earth and he never taught His disciples to remember it as he did on the question of the Sabbath.
Luke 1:26 records an angel appearing to Mary in the sixth month and nine months later when she was expected to deliver fell on a February; counting by the Jewish calendar that should be from mid-March to mid-April. December 25 is not relevant to Christ’s birth. Luke 2:8 explains that when Christ was born.
Although it is not impossible, it seems unlikely. The Bible does not specify that. One problem with December is that it would be unusual for shepherds to be “abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night” at this cold time of the year when fields were unproductive. Both Ezra 10:9-13 and the Song of Solomon 2:11 show that winter was the rainy season and shepherds could not stay in the cold and open fields at night.
The normal practice was to keep the flock in the fields from Spring to Autumn. Also, winter would likely be an especially difficult time for pregnant Mary to travel the long distance from Nazareth to Bethlehem (70 miles away). Christmas has its origin in the Book of Jeremiah 52:31. The Bible records the release of Jehoaichin, King of Judah, from prison on December 25 by the evil Merodach of Babylon. The original significance of December 25 is that it was a well-known festival day celebrating the annual return of the sun.
Since no one knows the day of his birth, the Roman Catholic Church felt free to choose December 25. The church replaced the pagan festival with a Christian holy day (holiday). Therefore, the December 25 celebrations began long before Jesus was born. In 336 AD, the Roman Emperor Constantine converted this pagan tradition into a holiday called Christmas; it entered every Christian home because Rome dominated most of the “Christian” world for centuries, the date became tradition throughout most of Christendom.
The psychology was that is easier to take away an unholy (but traditional) festival from the population, when you can replace it with a good one.
Otherwise, the church would have left a void where there was a long-standing tradition, and risked producing a discontented population and a rapid return to the old ways.
Oscar Plato Okwaro,