Post Author: Bill Pratt
The usual story about why Jesus’ birthday is celebrated on Dec. 25 is that Christians were trying to convert a Roman pagan festival into a Christian festival. But it seems this theory may not be true.
Andrew McGowan, professor of early Christian history, has written a fascinating article which links the death and conception of Jesus to his birthday. It seems that ancient Christians tended to believe that the death of Jesus occurred on the same day as his conception in Mary’s womb, March 25. So, to arrive at his birthdate, they added nine months to March 25, which yields Dec. 25.
If you are interested in early Christian history and the roots of Jesus’ birthdate on Dec. 25, you won’t want to miss reading this article.