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THE 25 th OF DECEMBER: JESUS CHRIST'S BIRTHDAY ?

birthday was celebrated in the Roman religion to comme_
morate a founding date or birth. Temples all had their 
birthdays which  were,if the temple was of particular importan_
ce,even mentioned  in the footnotes of calenders. Rome itself 
celebrated its birthday on the 21st of April. One's birthday was 
always celebrated by making a sacrifice to one's genius;in 
imperial times,the emperor's birthday was a public holiday.
The birthday of some divinities whose "birth" was significant,
such as those of the Sun Undefeated and of Mithras,was also 
celebrated.
The latter god's birthday was celebrated on the 25th of 
December and represented an important solstitial occasion,
subsequently inherited as the birthday of Christ.
Christmas was celebrated from the 4th century onwards ...
 
 
A statement taken from 
volume XIII of the "Grande Enciclopedia" published by
the Istituto Geografico De Agostini of Novara in 1974