So where do we get December 25th from? Well, it was NOT from the early Christians. In fact, they did not celebrate December 25th for the first 300 years of the Church.
December 25th was actually a pagan holiday that had been celebrated as the birthday for a whole host of pagan sun gods long before Christians ever celebrated it. You can read much more about the history of Christmas in an article we did for our sister site: "December 25th Was Baal’s Birthday Before It Was Celebrated As Christmas".
When the Catholic religion was legalized in the 4th century, they adopted the pagan holiday held on December 25th and they continued to practice the same pagan traditions associated with that holiday. But they felt it was okay now because it was suddenly "all about Jesus".
So when was Jesus actually born?
Well, using the chronology in the gospel of Luke, it seems quite clear that He was born during the Feast of Tabernacles. In the four short videos below, Pastor Mark Biltz examines the Scriptures surrounding the birth of the Messiah and explains why it is almost certain that it was during this festival when Jesus was born.....