origin of Christmas day 25 December

Hundreds of years after the death of Jesus, December 25 was chosen as the date of his birth.

The Encyclopædia Britannica states: "A widespread explanation of the origin of this date is that Deus Solis Invicti Nati was Christianized on 25 December.

The Encyclopedia Americana informs us: "The reason why December 25 was established as Christmas is somewhat obscure.

It is generally believed that the day was chosen to correspond with pagan festivals.

Which used to happen around the time of the winter solstice, when the days begin.

The Roman Saturnalia (a festival dedicated to Saturn, the god of agriculture, and the renewed power of the Sun) also took place at this time.

tall, to celebrate the 'rebirth of the Sun'

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