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Do Mormons celebrate Christmas on/or around the 25th of December?

Yes, Mormons generally celebrate the birth of Christ on the traditional day of Christmas, December 25. They never said there was scriptural basis for this date; the specific day of the year is not ...
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When was Sunday first called the Sabbath?

The first writer to clearly make this connection appears to be Petrus Alphonsi in the 12th century. This is argued by 17th century historian Peter Heylyn, who writes: The first who ever used [the ...
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Why is the date of the 2016 Passover a month late when compared to Easter?

Jehovah's Witnesses time their Memorial based on the current apparent movements of the actual physical moon and sun, as observable from Jerusalem. This, they say, is what happened in first century ...
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Do Mormons celebrate Christmas on/or around the 25th of December?

As an addition to Matt's correct answer, to see how LDS Church leaders talk about Christmas one can visit "Christmas" under the Gospel Topics on www.lds.org. The current Church President, Thomas S. ...
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Was there a special Sabbath in addition to Passover when Jesus was crucified?

We in the western world have been raised in a culture dominated by a post-Constantinian Christian worldview of time, rather than one that is biblically Hebrew. Our days begin and end at midnight, ...
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Did the Catholic Church make a conscious effort in re-naming the seven days of the week?

Did the Catholic Church make a conscious effort in re-naming the seven days of the week? The short answer is no as she had her own historical way of doing so though the liturgy. Nevertheless, St. ...
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What is the significance of the Julian calendar for the Orthodox church?

Today, many Orthodox churches use a Revised Julian Calendar, which largely corresponds to the Gregorian calendar used throughout the rest of Christendom, with the exception of the date of Easter. The ...
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Could December 25 as the birthday of Jesus have come from Pagan influences?

From the Bible, we can be pretty sure that Jesus was not born on December 25. Late September or early October, perhaps even on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, is the most likely time. ...
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Could December 25 as the birthday of Jesus have come from Pagan influences?

The Bible gives no information on the birth date of Jesus. So we do not know if Jesus' birth date was December 25 and any date is speculation. However, the Bible is clear that Jesus was born and so it ...
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Is it allowed to deviate from the Catholic Liturgical Calendar during a pilgrimage?

Under certain conditions, the clergy may employ a votive mass on days where it is permitted in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially on Saturdays. Traditionally, Saturdays are dedicated to Mary....
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Why was Thanksgiving in the US traditionally the last Thursday before Advent?

Why was Thanksgiving in the US traditionally the last Thursday before Advent? The Short answer is: There seems to be no connection between Thanksgiving Day and the First Sunday of Advent. However, ...
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What date was the second Easter?

OP: When did the early Christians celebrate the second Easter? Did it fall on the same day as the Jewish Pasch (Sabbath day / Saturday) or on the next day (Sunday)? In common across the Christian ...
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Why was Thanksgiving in the US traditionally the last Thursday before Advent?

Ken Graham has answered your question, but it appears that the first Thanksgiving took place in Virginia on 4 December 1619. These quotes come from a Catholic source: Is Thanksgiving was a civil ...
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Was there a special Sabbath in addition to Passover when Jesus was crucified?

The answer is yes; the high Sabbath was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread on the 15th Nisan. I've written a 92,000 word manuscript looking for a publisher on the days/dates of Christ's ...
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What liturgical calendar does the Anglican Ordinariate follow?

The Anglican Ordinariate follows the calendar of the Ordinary Form of the Mass (Novus Ordo), but does have elements of the Extraordinary Form (Tridentine) calendar incorporated into it. For the ...
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Why is Christmas on December 25th?

There's a number of reasons to understand that Christ was conceived about 12/25 and was born at Tabernacles in the Fall. Some believe that Nisan was the first month of the year. True enough at the ...
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When is the end of the Christmas season for Latin Rite Catholics?

The Christmas Season starts with Midnight Mass or the Christmas vigil (according to the new rite) and continues with a holy joy until the 2nd Vespers of the feast of the presentation of the Lord (...
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Why does the Eastern Orthodox Church call the 49 days following Easter, Pentecost, and the Western Church does not?

The time between Easter and Pentecost is called Eastertide (or Season of Easter) in most Western churches. Western churches also refer to the Season of Pentecost to mean the time after Pentecost.
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Why does the Eastern Orthodox Church call the 49 days following Easter, Pentecost, and the Western Church does not?

Why does the Eastern Orthodox Church call the 49 days following Easter, Pentecost and the Western Church does not? To put it in a nutshell: It is their tradition to do so. The Eastern Orthodox Church ...
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Which regional rules of lent fasting or holy days of obligation should a Catholic follow?

The rule for fasting is "when in Rome, do as the Romans do." This is exactly the case where that saying derives. Where you are on the particular day determines whether you must abstain or ...
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Why is the Jewish Passover on 28 March 2021 but Good Friday is on 2 April 2021?

Why is the Jewish Passover on 28 March 2021 but Good Friday is on 2 April 2021? Actually everything is in its’ proper place. Easter is a “movable feast” and does not have a fixed date. However, it is ...
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What is an overview of Jesus' ministry during Holy Week?

This comes from the Douay-Rheims Holy Bible p. 967, "An Historical and Chronological Table of the New Testament":(with minor updating of scriptural reference style and proper name spellings) ...
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Why is the date of the 2016 Passover a month late when compared to Easter?

The Christian method for calculating Easter is not the same as the Jewish for calculating Passover. This was settled in the fourth century in Council of Nicea. Christians use the Sunday after the ...
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Is it allowed to deviate from the Catholic Liturgical Calendar during a pilgrimage?

I would say so, as long as no specific Feast Day that might occur during the period (e.g. Christmas) is not observed. The Code of Canon Law, number 1247, states that the obligation of the faithful is ...
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Could December 25 as the birthday of Jesus have come from Pagan influences?

More than likely the answer to the OP is yes; the choice of 12/25 as Christ's birth came out from the Roman festival of Brumalia. Brumalia evidently means shortest or briefest, which corresponds to ...
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Could December 25 as the birthday of Jesus have come from Pagan influences?

Could December 25 as the birthday of Jesus have come from Pagan influences? Doubtful seeing that Tertullian calculated that Jesus was conceived on March 25th, thus making December 25th the date of his ...
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When was the festival of the see of Peter in the 6th Century?

When was the festival of the See of Peter in the 6th Century? It would seem that the festival in question would be the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. But the date of this feast was January 18 and ...
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Why was Thanksgiving in the US traditionally the last Thursday before Advent?

Consider this answer an extended comment, subject to deletion or removal to History. The short answer to the main question is no, as far as we know there was never any consideration of synchronizing ...
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