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Real History of Christmas - Why Christmas is Celebrated on 25th of December

Updated on September 12, 2013

When and Where Jesus born? -Story behind Birth of Jesus

Christmas comes on the 25th of December. This is the day when Jesus Christ is believed to be born. What year was Jesus born? This is really simple; just count back the calendar year that you are in. It is interesting to know that AD stands for Anno Domini or Anno Domini Nostri Lesu, which in Medieval Latin means, “In the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ". And B.C. obviously, stands for Before Christ.


Christians believe that mother Mary conceived Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. While she was still a virgin, she had the divine revelation from angel Gabriel, that she would conceive a son to be born the son of God. This revelation is also celebrated as the feast of Annunciation, which come on the 25th of March. Mother Mary was yet to be married to St Joseph. However when St Joseph found that Mother Mary was pregnant even before they came together, he decided to break the commitment quietly. However, an angel from God appeared to Joseph and informed him about the conception from Holy Spirit and that the one to be born was the Son of God.

During this time, Rome was a great empire ruled by Augustus Caesar and Israel was ruled King Herod. The Roman Empire commanded all to participate in the empire wide census; for which everyone had to travel to their respective ancestral land. As Joseph belonged to the house of David, he traveled from Nazareth to Judea with the pregnant Mary. While they were in Bethlehem, the time came for the child to be born. Since there were no rooms available for them, the son of God was born in a manger!

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Life of Jesus

Why Jesus Christ Send to Earth ?

The Christians believe that Jesus Christ, the son of God was sent to the earth to save the mankind from the clutches of sin. From the Old Testament in the Bible, we can see how God spoke to his people through prophets. However, from the New Testament we see that God sent his only son. Jesus showed us the importance of love for God, love for our brethren, righteousness and forgiveness.

Importance of 25th of December ?

However, there are many arguments that Jesus was not born precisely on the 25th of December ( Day of Jesus Christ Birth ). Isaac Newton claimed that Christmas began to be celebrated after winter solstice. Solstice astronomically marks a point when the sun is at its greatest angular distance. If you are in the Northern hemisphere, you’ll have the solstice in December.

Seasonally, this is the point when days start becoming longer than nights. There are also arguments that December 25th was the Roman Solar holiday. Another argument is that the date of 25th of December was arrived as exactly 9 months from the date of Annunciation.

  • The Christian community believes Jesus to be the son of God, who came to save mankind from the clutches of sin.
  • Muslims believe Jesus to be a god sent prophet.
  • Historians consider Jesus as a great philosopher.

However, it is undeniable that Jesus Christ was a great man who walked the face of the earth 2000 years ago.

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    • LensMan999 profile image

      LensMan999 4 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      Hi kittythedreamer,

      You have gone through the topic seriously. Thanks for your comment.

      Hi stans425,

      I agree with what you have said in your comments. Thanks for leaving such a useful comment.

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      stans5425 6 years ago

      Sorry. That was supposed to be "their assimilation was NOT what God wanted." My fault.

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      stans5425 6 years ago

      I wanted to clear up a couple of things. And, bear in mind, this is not meant to criticize nor demean, but the Bible does, in fact, give us a clear indication of Yeshua's birth. In the book of Luke, chapter 1, we first read in verse 5 that Zacharias was a priest of the order of Abia, and in verse 8, that his time had to come to serve in the temple, "fulfilling his duties as cohen (priest) during his division's period of service before Adonai." Note also that his wife, Elisabeth, was a decendant of Aaron (v5.)

      Now, and bear with me here, we refer back to 1 Chr. 24. Here, we see that David, with the priest Tsadok (Zadok in KJV), and Achimelekh arranged the priests into divisions in order for service in the temple. In verse 10, we see that Abia was of the eighth division. This puts those of Abia's division serving in the eighth week, starting in the month of Nisan, which was according to the Hebrew calendar. Nisan falls within the months of March or April on the Gregorian calendar. Within his time of service, there were two Feasts of the Lord, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, in the month of Nisan, and Pentecost (the giving of the Torah to Moses), in the month of Sivan. Every priest was required to serve during the feasts, so that sets Abia's division back two weeks. So, according to Luke, Zacharias would have served in the 10th week. After his time in service, Yochanon, or John, is conceived (Lk. 1:23,24). Now, in verse 26, we read that Yeshua was conceived "in the six month." But, to what is this referring? Sixth month of the year? No, the sixth month of Elisabeth's pregnancy, as verse 24 speaks of her being "five months in seclusion"- this is a continuation of her pregnancy. In the sixth month that would put us at Chisleu, if Elisabeth did not conceive until AFTER Zacharias' time of service. This would make Chisleu, which is Nov/Dec., the time of Yeshua's CONCEPTION, and thus He would have been born in Tishri, which also coincides with the Feast of Sukkot, or Tabernacles, for Yeshua is the Spirit that dwells within us, the tabernacles!

      @ Kittythedreamer "The date was chosen to aid in conversion of the pagans when Christianity was just taking hold of Europe." Absolutely. But the scriptures clearly tell us to flee from idolatry. Their assimilation was what God wanted, and now we have to come out of Egypt, after being raised to believe one thing.

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

      Agreed. Nice hub but Jesus was not actually born on December 25th. The date was chosen to aid in conversion of the pagans when Christianity was just taking hold of Europe.

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      ladyjojo 7 years ago

      Nice hub you got there interesting! keep up the great work

      but truly how could Christ have been born december 25th, that time of the year israel esperience snow and it was said that the shepherds was feeding their flocks. How on earth would they be feeding them in the snow? also Lambs are said to be born around april time :)Jesus was a lamb to take away the sins of the world. BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD

      I believe fully well it's a Roman Propaganda that almost the whole world swallowed december 25th

      history tells us it was the sun God Baal day of worship.

      The Romans killed Christ so how come they are the ones to initiate all his dates and they are deemed the most spiritual church of all? so pathetic.

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      Tricia Mason 7 years ago from The English Midlands

      The winter solstice has been celebrated and revered for hundreds and hundreds of years and this special time of year - midwinter - has been named and honoured according to the various cultures which celebrate at that time of year ~ Yule, Saturnalia, Christmas, etc.

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      Rebecca 7 years ago from Duluth Minnesota

      Nowhere in the Gospels does it say that Jesus (actually his name was Y'shua, Jesus is a messy English translation from the Latin that was translated from the Hebrew. The name Y'shua means God is Saviour) was born on December 25. According to the Gospel of Luke there were shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night. If it was the middle of winter they would not have had their flocks out in the fields so it had to be either sometime in the Spring or Summer.

      The Gospels does not say exactly when He was born because that is not important. The important question is "Why was He born? Why the incarnation? When Mary and Joseph brought infant Y'shua to the temple to do for him what was the custom for every Jewish boy born after the 8th day i.e. to be circumsized the aged priest Simion took him in his arms and said, "Lord, now let they servant depart in peace for my eyes have seen thine salvation, a light to the Gentiles and glory onto Israel.".

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      LensMan999 8 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      Ya..You are correct ..There are lots of stories regarding real life of Jesus .

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      cashmere 8 years ago from India

      I've even read that Jesus was not born on 25th dec and that it was the pagan holiday of the solstice that was brought into play when Christianity was being propagated by the Roman Catholic Church.

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      LensMan999 8 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      thanks for sharing your comments

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      This is a very interesting Hub. Thank you for publishing it.


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