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So Your Search Has Brought You Here: Finding the Truth About Christmas

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If you are reading this article, it may be because you searched for something like "when was Jesus born?” or “Is December 25th Christ’s birthday?” At this time of year people ask these questions a lot. They go online and search, and a lot of them wind up at our site. We have a lot of material to answer those questions. The answer to the first is, “We don’t know the exact day, but it was not in December; most likely it was in the autumn months.” The answer to the second is a flat “No.”

The key to taking this big step is to find joy in God’s truth, and allow it to replace your emotional connections to Christmas.

Information about the origin of Christmas is readily available online. You can find that Dec. 25 was originally a date to celebrate the sun god in Roman times. End-of-the-year festivities were a big highlight for the Romans. Then as Christianity developed, it adopted this date as a compromise to make the church more palatable for the pagan population under its control. Adopting Dec. 25 as a date to celebrate Christ’s birth, when the Bible gives no date nor command to do so, was also part of a larger move away from the biblical festivals observed by the first-century Church—no one wanted to appear Jewish by keeping those festivals. So out with what the Bible said, in with what the people wanted. And people wanted what was familiar and what everyone else was doing. So the Saturnalia festival became Christmas.

Most people know this already. My colleagues and I talk about it on Beyond Today TV and in articles we write. We realize we are telling people nothing new by crying aloud, “Christmas is pagan!” People today do not care that Christmas is pagan. In many ways we are in a neo-pagan society. Religion is marginalized in popular culture and much of the media. Many desire to be “spiritual” rather than biblical. Believe me: There is a vast difference. What this means for many is that Christmas is not a religious holiday—it is a secular festival; a big, year-end party.

But for someone who is sincere, who desires to worship God in truth, there often arise questions like the ones I started with. What happens when you find the answer?

That's when you have to do something. You have to make a choice. You either make a change, or you ignore the answer and continue with the same lifestyle. Let’s face it. Giving up Christmas today is difficult. It's when your family gathers. Your children love it—you don’t want to take Christmas away from your children. You have the office party and the gift exchanges. How do you pull away from all of that?

How do you be “different?"

I admit it is difficult. I have not kept Christmas since I was 12 years old. I remember my mother making the decision to no longer observe the day. It was hard to explain to friends at school why I wasn't giving or getting gifts. It was hard to skip out on the class Christmas parties. But I did, and life went on. I adjusted.

The adjustment was easier for me because my mom also began to observe the biblical festivals. She was smart in doing this. You cannot create a vacuum in life just by not doing something. You have to do something else. With religious worship, you stop doing the wrong things and begin to do the right things. What I found was that the right things—God’s Holy Days—were better than Christmas, Easter and all the other holidays we observed before. It took some time to adjust, but I found that there is a lot more meaning in God’s truth than in the pagan festivals. But you have to keep God's holy days before you can fully appreciate what they offer, and that's why people often cannot take that big step across the wide chasm from error to truth.

The key to taking this big step is to find joy in God’s truth, and allow it to replace your emotional connections to Christmas. I know the emotional attachment is strong. I know it is difficult. But I also know what satisfying joy comes from worshiping God in spirit and in truth.

If you have read this far I can only say, you have a choice to make. This year why not make the choice to be honest—to be honest with God, to be honest with yourself. Make the choice to turn away from empty worship rooted in false teaching. Turn to God in truth and obey His teachings.

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  • Peter. Gillard

    I love most of the articles in Beyond Today, l have learned so much.
    But upon reading the Christmas stories I felt a little letdown and sadness even a little angry, because l love Christmas and have so for the past 30 years since I became a Christian.
    Being totally aware that it was not Christ's birthday or in days of old a pagan feast, it was the one day that I was able to promote Jesus as my Lord and Saviour to my non Christian friends and family and a day where they would actually take time to stop and consider the birth of Christ. For some it was the only day of the year they would go to Church. I found it the perfect evangelising tool. They weren't really fussed about the ancient feast or the exact birth date.
    I can't do much about the ancient feast, but as for the birthday there are others we don't celebrate on the exact day, ie the queen. I'm sure Jesus would be delighted that we totally dedicate the whole day to him even if it's not his exact birthday.
    Upon reading this article I felt threatened at the arrogant insistence that I cease Christmas immediately and erase this date from my calendar and nobody can give me a date to replace it. In Love.

  • Lena VanAusdle

    Hi Peter! I have a couple of questions for you; first, I'm sorry you feel threatened. I do understand your attachment to Christmas, but what is more important? A sentimental attachment to a pagan celebration, or pleasing God? God tells us exactly how to worship, and exactly how not to worship Him (Deuteronomy 12:31). He's pretty specific. You say you want a day to replace Christmas, God and Jesus Christ never told us to celebrate His birth, but They gave specific instructions on how to worship Them, and when. You should check out the study aid offered on this website titled "Holidays or Holy Days: Does it Matter Which Days We Observe" (

  • Twila Reynolds

    The article is very direct in challenging a person to take action on what they know. Stepping away from Christmas is difficult. In high school I belonged to Latin Club. We studied not only language but Roman culture celebrated by our annual, December Saturnalia party. This was great fun until my junior year when I began to wake up to the meaning of decorated tree, gifts, wreaths and mistletoe of Saturnalia and began to understand how wrong it was for a Christian to be involved in those anti-Christian, Roman practices. The next year was difficult, explaining why I was not going to participate as I had all the previous years. The decision to take action and make a change in what I had been doing was pivotal in my Christian growth. I hope that those reading “So Your Search Has Brought You Here” will take Mr. McNeely’s words to heart and take action on what they now know.

  • blondy

    It is in the bible about when Jesus was born. The angel came to Mary in the 6th month. The Jews had two new years. One is in the spring (holy day calendar) and one in the fall (secular calendar). Use holy day one. It starts after pass over, around April, would have been around end of October that the angel came to Mary, go nine months and you get August for when he was born. A woman can go two weeks after due date.

  • marilynbsl

    Luke 1:26 refers to the 6th month of Elizabeth's pregnancy not the 6th month of the year. See Luke 1: 24 and Luke 1: 36.

  • breitkingdom

    Mitchell your reasoning sounds sound, but since John the Baptist is the cousin of Jesus, and was born 6 months before Jesus, Jesus' birth would have been born in late September or early October. I believe Jesus' birth was on the Feast of Trumpets. This is my own belief on the subject so let me know if my reasoning is sound.

  • Olumide Oyetoke

    Luke 1:26 was referring to the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy

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