The debate has been raging on these pages recently about Christmas and "Happy Holidays." I thought I might shed some historical light on where Christmas comes from, and examine if it is something that Christians really ought to do.
No one knows what day Jesus Christ was born on. From the biblical description, most historians believe that his birth probably occurred in September, about six months after Passover. One thing they agree on is that it is very unlikely that Jesus was born in December, since the Bible records shepherds tending their sheep in the fields on that night. This is quite unlikely to have happened during a cold Judean winter. So why do we celebrate Christ's birthday as Christmas on Dec. 25?
The answer lies in the pagan origins of Christmas. In ancient Babylon, the feast of the Son of Isis (Goddess of Nature) was celebrated on Dec. 25. Raucous partying, gluttonous eating and drinking, and gift-giving were traditions of this feast.