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Christmas on the 25th of December

Updated: Jan 4, 2023

A few years ago arguing about the date of Christmas was common in Christian circles. There was a belief that the date 25th came from the birthdate of the pagan god mithras since the 25th of December is suppose to be an important date to those who worshipped him. To me this is absurd. Besides the fact that there is no god mithras, since there is only one true God the God of Israel it would make more since if the date related to an event in the Jewish calendar. A date like the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar. This date is important because it begins the celebration of Chanukah. The Hebrew calendar follows the cycles of the moon where as the western or Gregorian calendar is by the Sun. This means that Jewish Holidays are never always on the same day on the Gregorian calendar. Which is why Chanukah is celebrated on a different day every year if we are using the cycle of the sun. However the 25th of Kislev is the same date on the Hebrew calendar every year. Some years the 25th of December and the 25th of Kislev overlap. We know that all the first Christians were Jews, as well as all the apostles and Jesus Himself. They would have been celebrating the Jewish feasts according to the Jewish calendar which uses the moon. I am proposing that the early church celebrated the birth of Jesus on the first day of Chanukah which is the 25th of Kislev and as the church changed demographically and became less culturally Jewish and they began to use a different calendar that followed the cycle of the sun they kept the date (25th) and had to pick a different month so they chose December. So really it is a mute argument, what is important is that we celebrate Jesus birth!! Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!!

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Michael O'Connor
Michael O'Connor
Dec 16, 2022

A true shame some enterprising soul wasn't there with a Polaroid and some recording equipment. That would have made this entire post MOOT. Still, an interesting reflection.

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