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What is the earliest historical testimony of the celebration of the nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ?

Attitudes on birthdays In the early church, birthdays (in general) were not seen as something to celebrate. For example, in Origen's 8th homily on Leviticus he writes: But the saints not only do not ...
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Are the Sorrowful Mysteries recited when Christmas is on a Friday?

Keep in mind that there is no “official” or “correct” way to pray the Rosary. The Rosary is just a devotion, and if someone prays it, he should do so in the way that is most helpful to him. However, ...
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What is the Mass obligation for Catholics when Christmas is on a Monday?

What is the Mass obligation for Catholics when Christmas is on a Monday? The short answer: 2 obligations = 2 Masses. No two for one with this scenario! Catholics are obligated to go to mass twice: ...
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Given many questions as to whether Jesus was born on 25 December or not, I ask if the ambiguity in scripture is meant to teach us something?

Does the ambiguity in the NT regarding the date of Jesus's birth and the lack of explicit command to celebrate it every year (compared to explicit instruction to memorialize the Lord's supper) in ...
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What is the Mass obligation for Catholics when Christmas is on a Monday?

This year, the last Sunday of Advent is a Sunday. All Sundays are holy days of obligation. Monday, December 25, 2023, is another holy day of obligation where a different Mass is said (that of ...
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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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Given many questions as to whether Jesus was born on 25 December or not, I ask if the ambiguity in scripture is meant to teach us something?

The feasts (Yom Kippur, tabernacles etc) are all well documented as to month and day. If the birth of Jesus Christ were to be so memorialised, it would be so documented : and it is not. What is to be ...
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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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Did Charles Dickens play any role in renewing the spirit of Christmas in modern times?

Christmas was still an issue in 19th c. England, but it had come a long way from Cromwell's day, when gift-giving on Christmas was punished by a stiff fine, equivalent to $8000 in today's money. In ...
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What is the origin of the Christmas tree and is it accepted in all Christian traditions?

The History of Christmas Trees The first documented use of a tree at Christmas and New Year celebrations is argued between the cities of Tallinn in Estonia and Riga in Latvia! Both claim that they ...
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What is the biblical basis for commemorating the birth of Jesus?

John's Gospel Chapter 1 tells us that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (v1) and that this Word became flesh and dwelt among us (v14). So Christians ...
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Feast of the Holy Innocents traditions?

Religious Customs in the Family: The Radiation of the Liturgy into Catholic Homes by Fr. Francis X. Weiser, S.J., mentions this regarding the Feast of the Holy Innocents (a.k.a "Childermas day"): ...
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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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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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Why don't priests give Holy Communion to everyone at Mass?

Why don't priests give bread to everyone at mass? Priests are normally on their toes at all Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The reason is quite simply. Many non-Catholics show up and many ...
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Did Oliver Cromwell ban Christmas or is this an unfounded rumour?

According to the Oliver Cromwell Society, he personally didn't ban Christmas: There is no sign that Cromwell personally played a particularly large or prominent role in formulating or advancing the ...
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Did Oliver Cromwell ban Christmas or is this an unfounded rumour?

Did Oliver Cromwell ban Christmas or is this an unfounded rumour? The short answer is very possibly. He seemed to have a finger in the mix. After all he was the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of ...
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Given many questions as to whether Jesus was born on 25 December or not, I ask if the ambiguity in scripture is meant to teach us something?

A "Why didn't God include a certain piece of information in Scripture?" question is most likely to generate only speculation (which is fine as long as it is identified as such). Here is ...
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Is celebrating Christmas required of Catholics?

Christmas is a Holy Day of Obligation. As such, Catholics are expected to attend Mass on that day. (The vigil mass on Christmas Eve counts). but are they obligated to celebrate Christmas in the ...
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Is celebrating Christmas required of Catholics?

As a Catholic, you are required to celebrate the "holy-day" of Christmas, as you mentioned, by going to Mass, receiving the Eucharist, giving honor and glory to God and celebrating Jesus' birth. ...
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What is the biblical basis for commemorating the birth of Jesus?

The biblical basis is that the angel told the shepherds to celebrate the first Christmas, and the angels themselves were celebrating it: But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I ...
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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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What is the biblical basis for commemorating the birth of Jesus?

Let's start with what Scripture says about days: Who are you to judge the servant of another? . . . One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be ...
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Was Christmas a replacement of the feast of Hanukkah or of the 'Invincible Sun'?

The accusation that Christmas was usurped from Sol Invictus is probably a result of works of the puritans of the 17th Century England. It makes no logical sense whatsoever. If we look at the outlook ...
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Why don't Mormons sing the second verse of, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"?

They don’t sing the second verse because the second verse confesses that Jesus is God. “Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail the incarnate deity”
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Is there a particular order in lighting candles on an advent wreath?

Is there a particular order in lighting candles on an advent wreath in the Catholic Church? The short answer is no. There does not appear to be any prescribed order, either officially or even ...
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What is the origin of the Christmas tree and is it accepted in all Christian traditions?

As covered in Ken Graham's answer, the Christmas tree tradition can be traced back to the Baltic states. However, the trees in, for example, Riga were put up by the "Brotherhood of Blackheads" which ...
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In which year was Christ born?

The estimation of the year of Jesus' birth depends on the estimation of the year of Herod's death. The information to date the latter event is provided by Flavius Josephus in his Antiquities of the ...
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