We provide you, dear readers, with some interesting information that you might enjoy sharing with friends and family during this holiday season. There are a couple of misconceptions about why most of the world celebrates Christmas on December 25.
One, told only among the few who are even aware of it, is that the “Old Calendar” Orthodox celebrate on January 6, based on the Julian Calendar which, when converted to the Gregorian Calendar (now used throughout the world) that becomes December 25.
That sounds plausible, except when doing the math. As it turns out, the 13-day difference between the two calendars means that Christmas Day, 13 days prior to January 6, would fall on December 24th, not the 25th. To put it another way, if we proceed 13 days forward from December 25th, we arrive at January 7th, not 6th.
December 25 was the Feast Day of Brumalia, a holiday celebrating pagan gods, including Ancient Greek deities Kronos and Demeter. The other misconception, which many deridingly repeat, is that Christianity is a “made-up” fairytale that claims Christ was born on December 25th, when it is really just an offshoot of a pagan holiday.
Not true. The Church never claimed that Christ was born on December 25. Rather it chose that day on purpose, so as to usher in Christmas and kick Brumalia to the curb, rather than to give people the opportunity to celebrate both. We encourage you to continue reading and learning about the history of the Early Christian Church. Merry Christmas!