What is the exact date of Christ's Birth?
December 9, 2008 2:30am CST
Christmas is approching and people are preparing to celebrate December 25 as the birth of Christ. I got the feeling that sometimes the real celebtration of the birth of Christ is the New year's day. Do you have the same feeling as I do? When is really the birth of Christ? Share to me friends...
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9 Dec 08
Im sorry felher I don't feel the way you do. For me Christ's birthday is on December 25 and no other dates could fill in.
• Cambridge, England
9 Dec 08
25 December is certainly the date that we celebrate the birth of Jesus but it is very unlikely that He was born then. For one thing, it is said that the angels appeared to the shepherds as they were watching their flocks on the hillsides, which they would only have done in the spring or summer. Whether 25 December is the historical date or not doesn't really matter, of course. It's the fact that we celebrate it that counts and if it was convenient to the early church to align the celebration with similar pagan midwinter celebrations of the rebirth of the Sun and the new (solar) year, then that, no doubt, made it easier to convert people to Christianity by replacing old festivals with new ones.
10 Dec 08
You might be surprised to know that the Catholic Church lists New Year's Day as the Feast of the Solemnity of the Virgin Mary. Some people theorize that Christ was actually born in March.
10 Dec 08
Thanks Seishirox for your response. Owlwings is right that we traditionally celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25. Yes, I know you are right that New Year's day is what the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Virgin Mary. Well, let us celebrate those significant days for we are God's people that we should be thankful for the news of Salvation. Happy mylotting!