“‘8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.10And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.'”
honoring the sun god Mithras on December 25th because the return of longer days after the winter solstice.
336 AD, during his reign, Christmas was formally celebrated on December 25th
in an attempt to weaken pagan celebrations.
Look at the story of John the Baptist for answers!
In the book of Luke we read that the father of John the Baptist was Zacharias, and he was a priest who served at the temple in Jerusalem. He was “of the course of Abia” (Luke 1:5). While serving at the temple, he was informed by an angel that his wife was to have a son, who was to be named “John.” After this, Zacharias finished “the days of his ministration,” and “departed to his own house” (v.23). “And after those days, his wife Elizabeth conceived…” (v. 24).
The course of Abia would have been the 8th of those mentioned in 1 Chronicles 24:1-19. It would have only happened twice a year. The particular course he was in was delayed by Pentecost by a week, so he ended up leaving the week after Pentecost to go home.
He would have gotten home and she would have conceived sometime in June. Add 9 months… John the Baptist was born in Mid-March before the Passover.
Jesus was conceived six months later after John (Luke 1:24-31). So he was conceived in December, making his birth the month of September.
This being said, Early Christians that were followers of “The Way” didn’t even celebrate the birth of Christ because it was considered a pagan tradition to celebrate birthdays.
little better than paganism.
It was flashy back then as well, so the Puritans despised it.
Under Oliver Cromwell, it was banned in England.
He lived in what is now modern-day Turkey in the 3rd or 4th century.
Devout Christian who served and helped poor people.
Saint Nicholas was actually Bishop Nicholas.
He had a friend that had 3 daughters that could not get married because they had no dowry money. He secretly threw 3 bags of gold into their living room, which some landed in socks that were drying by the fireplace.
Later he was declared a Saint by the Catholic church.
I don’t know if this lines up with the Christian Persecution, but that part of his story goes like this:
He was Archbishop when a violent Christian persecution began
he was probably imprisoned and tortured like, most were.
This was under the reign of Roman Emperor Diocletian and carried on by his successor, Galerius, for eight years.
Any leaders that endured all of this gained extreme admiration and respect.
from even pagans!
There are many stories of his faith, generosity, and even miracles.
His death on December 6th, gave way to a new tradition… gift giving
New Year’s Day
Queen Victoria began giving gifts on Christmas Eve in the Mid-1800s.
“A Visit from St. Nicholas” in the 1800s was the first attribution to the modern Santa Claus.
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