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Why is Christmas on December 25th?

Why was December 25th chosen as the day to celebrate Jesus' birth?
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On which date was Christ born? [closed]

Most Christians celebrate the birth of Christ (Christmas) on December 25. But was this really the day of Christ's birth? What was the actual date of Christ's birth?
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How could Jesus be born during the reign of Herod, and when Quirinius was governor of Syria, if those periods were not contemporary?

In Matthew 2, it makes it clear that Jesus was conceived during the reign of Herod and was a young child when Herod died. After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in ...
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In which year was Christ born?

This question is a spin-off from On which date was Christ born? There are differing views on the birth year of Christ, which also affect the dating of the resurrection (as we know Jesus's age on ...
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What is the basis for the belief that the wise men did not arrive in Bethlehem until several months after the birth of Jesus?

Many depictions of the nativity have both the shepherds and the wise men at the stable on the night of Jesus' birth. However, it is commonly held that the wise men did not arrive until several months ...
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What denominations, besides JWs, hold that the Star of Bethlehem was sent by Satan?

I looked up information about the Star of Bethlehem on Jehovah's Witnesses website and it looks like their point on it was that it was actually created by Satan in an attempt to kill Jesus. Now of ...
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Origin of La Madonna Del Gatto

Someone purchased a copy of "The Christmas Cat" by MaryAnn MacDonald for my children. At the end of this fictional book depicting a cat which soothes a colicky baby Jesus and helps Jesus (and his ...
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What was the Star of Bethlehem?

I'm surprised this question hasn't been asked already. Matthew 2:1-2 (NIV) 2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2&...
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What is the origin of the idea that the baby Jesus did not cry?

"...the cattle are lowing. The baby awakes. But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes." ~ 2nd verse to Away In A Manger Did this idea originate from historical Christian doctrine? Where did this ...
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From where does the tradition come that Mary rode on a donkey to Bethlehem prior to the birth of Jesus?

It seems that most every movie or depiction of Mary and Joseph on the way to Bethlehem depicts Mary as riding on a donkey. However, I don't recall any place in Scripture from which this idea could be ...
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Why does the Battle Hymn of the Republic say Jesus was born “in the beauty of the lillies”?

A seldom-quoted stanza of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" says In the beauty of the lillies Christ was born across the sea with a beauty in his bosom that transfigures you and me. As he died ...
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According to Catholicism, why did the Blessed Mother stay a virgin during her pregnancy with Jesus?

Why was Jesus born of a Virgin instead of just being conceived of a Virgin? I know the Bible teaches the virgin birth, but why did the Blessed Mother refrain from sex during her pregnancy with Jesus (...
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Is there any tradition that informs us of how old Mary was when she gave birth to Jesus?

I have heard that the legal age of marriage was quite young in Jewish culture at the time of Christ. I believe young girls at the age of twelve could marry. However, I find it difficult to imagine ...
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Was the virgin conception of Jesus known to the people at the time?

In the Bible, it seems that Mary consulted with Elizabeth after the Annunciation but from the people's reaction to Jesus at ministry, it occurs to me that they are not aware of the surrounding story ...
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When is earliest mention of the Church tradition that Jesus was born in a cave?

The birth of Jesus as recounted by Luke says that: 7 And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in ...
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What did “Teaching of the Twelve Apostles” say about the Epiphany?

I was reading the "Teaching of the Twelve Apostles" to answer another question on this site and chanced upon a strange tidbit that I don't understand the meaning of: The apostles further appointed: ...