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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus wasn't born on December 25 yet celebrate Christmas?

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Bible scholars of many religions recognise that Jesus was not

born on December 25, not just Jehovah's Witnesses. The fact is, the

Bible does not tell us when he was born.

Commenting on this, McClintock and Strong's Cyclopedia says:

'The observance of Christmas is not of divine appointment, nor

is it of N[ew] T[estament] origin. The day of Christ's birth cannot

be ascertained from the N[ew] T[estament], or, indeed, from any

other source." In other words, there is no way to figure out

the exact date of Jesus birth.

Luke 2:8-11 shows that shepherds were in the fields at night at

the time of Jesus' birth. The book Daily Life in the Time of Jesus

states: 'The flocks . . . passed the winter under cover; and from

this alone it may be seen that the traditional date for Christmas,

in the winter, is unlikely to be right, since the Gospel says that

the shepherds were in the fields.'

So why was December 25 chosen by the early Catholic church as

the date to celebrate the birth of Jesus? The New Catholic

Encyclopedia states: 'The date of Christ's birth is not known.

The Gospels indicate neither the day nor the month . . . According

to the hypothesis suggested by H. Usener . . . and accepted by most

scholars today, the birth of Christ was assigned the date of the

winter solstice' (December 25 in the Julian calendar, January 6

in the Egyptian), because on this day, as the sun began its return

to northern skies, the pagan devotees of Mithra celebrated the dies

natalis Solis Invicti (birthday of the invincible sun). On Dec. 25,

274, Aurelian had proclaimed the sun-god principal patron of the

empire and dedicated a temple to him in the Campus Martius.

Christmas originated at a time when the cult of the sun was

particularly strong at Rome. (1967), Vol. III, p. 656. The church

decided to use the Pagan holiday of the Saturnalia, which was a

celebration to the sun god as the date for Christmas. Many of the

customs of Christmas were actually carried over from the Saturnalia

celebration, and other customs were added later from other Pagan


The Encyclopedia Americana states: 'During the Saturnalia . . .

feasting prevailed, and gifts were exchanged.' (1977, Vol. 24, p.

299) Most of the customs associated with Christmas are not of

Christain origin, but can be traced back to Pagan rituals and


Is there any objection to sharing in celebrations that may

have unchristian roots as long as it is not done for religious

reasons? What does the Bible say?

Eph. 5:10, 11 says: 'Keep on making sure of what is

acceptable to the Lord; and quit sharing with them in the

unfruitful works that belong to the darkness, but, rather, even be

reproving them.'

2 Cor. 6:14-18: 'What fellowship do righteousness and

lawlessness have? Or what sharing does light have with darkness?

Further, what harmony is there between Christ and Be′lial? Or what

portion does a faithful person have with an unbeliever? And what

agreement does God's temple have with idols? . . . ''Therefore get

out from among them, and separate yourselves,' says Jehovah, 'and

quit touching the unclean thing''; ''and I will take you in, . . .

and you will be sons and daughters to me,' says Jehovah the


Illustration: Suppose a crowd come to a gentleman's home saying

they are there to celebrate his birthday. He does not favor the

celebration of birthdays. He does not like to see people overeat or

get drunk or engage in loose conduct. But some of them do all those

things, and they bring presents for everyone there except him! On

top of all that, they pick the birthday of one of the man's enemies

as the date for the celebration. How would the man feel? Would you

want to be a party to it? This is exactly what is being done by

Christmas celebrations.

Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas. We do not feel

that it is a Christian holiday. We do not believe that it honors

Jesus, who is a mighty king, now ruling in heaven, and not a

helpless baby in a manger. While we make this choice ourselves, we

respect other people's right of other religions to choose

otherwise. ANSWERI don't think they do celebrate Christmas. I

know several people who are Jehovahs witnesses that don't

celebrate. She actually isn't at school on the last few days of

term before Christmas to avoid getting involved.

Jehovah's witnesses don't celebrate Christmas for the reasons

given above and also because Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth, not

Bethlehem, so why wasnt Jesus born there? The taxes were due to be

paid to Ceaser and they had to travel to do so. It would not have

been expected for them to make this journey in the dead of winter,

more like early autum. Im not a religious person myself but I can

see the logic in the Witnesses reasoning behind not celebrating

Christmas, what would be the point if Jesus wasnt born then?

Although, my understanding is, that even if he was, they still

wouldn't celebrate as they don't celebrate birthdays either. There

are two birthdays mentioned in the bible and both resulted in

murder. If the person who asked this question knows Jehovah's

Witnesses who do celebrate Christmas, then they not really

Witnesses as its not somthing they can pick and choose, and why

bother being in a religion if you don't follow it properly? Surely

if they believe in God then they believe He can see them pulling

their crackers!

Also an answer:

Answer 2: The exact date of Christ's birth is not known, "says

the Encyclopedia of Early Christianity. Still, millions of

professed Christians around the globe celebrate the birth of Jesus

on December 25. Although the Bible does not give a specific date

for Jesus' birth, it does provide evidence that he was not born in

December. Significantly, most historians and Bible scholars reject

December 25 as Jesus' date of birth. No doubt you will find such

information in an encyclopedia to which you have access. Our Sunday

Visitors Catholic Encyclopedia states: There is a general agreement

that Jesus was not born on December 25. Hundreds of years after

Jesus' death, December 25 was chosen as the date of his birth.

Encyclopedia Britannica states: One widespread explanation of the

origin of this date is that December 25 was the Christianizing of

the dies solis invicti nati (day of the birth of the unconquered

sun a popular holiday in the Roman Empire that celebrated the

winter solstice as a symbol of the resurgence of the sun, the

casting away of winter and the heralding of the rebirth of spring

and summer. (See Jehovah's Witnesses official website for further


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