How December 25 Became Christmas

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    From Biblical Archeelogical Review

    http://www.bib-arch.org/e-features/christmas.asp#location1

    "...So, almost 300 years after Jesus was born, we finally find people observing his birth in midwinter. But how had they settled on the dates December 25 and January 6?

    "There are two theories today: one extremely popular, the other less often heard outside scholarly circles (though far more ancient)

    "The most loudly touted theory about the origins of the Christmas date(s) is that it was borrowed from pagan celebrations....
     
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    Carl Sommer — USA (12/20/2009 10:52:50 PM)

    Excellent article. The author lacks one piece of information; Hippolytus of Rome (ca. 170-235) also calculated that Jesus was born on December 25, using the same reasoning as this author. The belief of some Christians that Jesus was born on December 25 clearly predates the feast of Sol Invictus.
     

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