The Origins of Christmas Tradition

The season of Christmas is a time that is celebrated by both secular and spiritual people for different reasons. Some see it as a great time of business driven by giving of gifts. Some others consider it as the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Then there are some who take that season as a time off from work and spend as holiday. The word “Christmas” comes from two Old English words Cristes maesse, which means The Mass of Christ. This comes from the Catholic Mass, the practice where the priest re-offers the sacrifice of Christ on the cross during the time of Communion. On the basis of current Christmas celebrations, one might assume that Jesus was born on the night of December 24/25 in 1 AD. What is the New Testament evidence for the date of Jesus’ birth?

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