Should Christians Celebrate Christmas on December 25?
This question has gathered momentum over recent years and is the source of considerable confusion and misinformation. It is a question that Anazao answers each year from well-meaning clients who are confused about whether they should celebrate Christmas on December 25 if it has pagan origins. The reasoning behind this thinking is that the early Church chose December 25th as a replacement for an existing Pagan festival. In particular, the three Pagan festivals; Saturnalia, Sol Invictus and Mithras.
December 25th was mentioned as the day of Jesus’ birth by Hyppolytus c 204 AD, 70 years before Aurelian instituted Sol Invictus as an annual worship day and 150 years before Sol Invictus is first recorded anywhere! Sol Invictus and Mithras are the same festival under different names. Saturnalia was never celebrated on Dec 25. It was Dec 17.
Calculating Dec 25 independent of any pagan celebration can be easily shown through John the Baptist’s birthday. John’s birthday is celebrated in the Roman Catholic, Coptic and Orthodox churches on the same date: June 25 and has been since the third century AD. Because Mary conceived Jesus when Elizabeth was six months pregnant with John (Luke 1:26), that makes the conception of Jesus March 25, three months before John was born. Add 9 months and you get Dec 25.
There is no logical reason why Christians would want to replace a pagan celebration with a Christian celebration. In fact, the opposite was true. Christians refused to honour the Emperor as God and celebrate pagan festivals which is why they were persecuted and killed in the arena. The last thing the early Church would do is purposefully choose a Christian celebration to replace a pagan one. That would create the very confusion the early Church gave their lives to avoid.
Just three of seven reasons we list in our article of the same name. In addition we look at whether Dec 25 is the actual birthday and whether the origin of the Christmas tree is pagan. A FREE DOWNLOAD from our Online Store on our website www.anazao.com.au
Wishing everyone blessings for the season of Christmas. It never ceases to fill me with awe that God, the creator of everything, would become man and dwell among us.
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