Who picked December 25 as the date that Christ was born? Contrary to what many Christians believe, the date for Christmas is not in the Bible. In fact, Christmas is not described anywhere in the Bible as a holy day that should be celebrated.
The nativity is described in just two of the four gospels: Matthew and Luke. The two accounts not identical. For instance, the angel declaring Jesus' upcoming birth appears to Mary in the book of Luke; it appears to Joseph in the book of Matthew.
Christmas was not an annual Christian celebration until a couple of hundred years after the birth of Christ.
Some claim that the date was chosen because it is nine months after March 25th, the vernal equinox, which many Christians and Jews believed marked the beginning of the world. Others point to pagan celebrations, such as the Roman celebration of the "unconquered son" which worshiped Apollo on December 25. In fact, an early depiction of Jesus that is held by the Vatican is remarkably similar to Apollo.
Most Christians think the date itself is not important.
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