Why Is Christmas on December 25th?

New evidence suggests Christmas was not put on December 25th because of Roman festivals.

Ever wonder by Christmas is on December 25th? I bet you learned it was due to a Roman pagan festival like Saturnalia or Sol Invictus.

That's a widespread belief, but archeological evidence suggests Christians had already started listing Jesus's birthday on December 25th and the Roman placement of Sol Invictus might have been a response to the Christians instead of the other way around.

I have a new podcast up explaining the early church's reasons, and it has everything to do with their quest to find out what day Jesus died, not what day he was born.

You can listen to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and more. Follow the links or text SHOW to 444999.

Excellent podcast. Great point about Abraham and the "cutting a covenant" ceremony.

The course of Abia or Abijah for Zachariah would have been in June. The Christmas story in Luke gives us all the hints of when Christ was Conceived and Born. It would have been highly unlikely for them to announce a tax in the middle of winter. Many would have to travel treacherous mountain roads. A very harsh condition for a pregnant Mary. Also, Luke 2:8 says the Shepherd's were in the field. This would not happen in the winter. Six months from the end of Zachariah's course would have been around December 25th. The date that Jesus would have been conceived. 9 months later would bring us to September 29th, the beginning of the Feast of Tabernacles. This would coincide with Luke and make much more sense. http://www.therain.org/appendixes/app179.html

P.S. Also, it would have been more likely to order the tax at or right after harvest time.