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No Christian text does not specify what day of the year was born Jesus Christ. Christmas is not part of the celebrations followed by the early Christians and is not included in the lists published by Irenaeus and Tertullian. Given that, according to biblical accounts of Christmas, the herds are out with their shepherds, so we can deduce that Jesus’ birth was certainly not located in the winter. In the fourth century, the date of December 25 was chosen as the date for the Christmas party, mainly to replace the pagan holidays that were in use at the time, as the feast of the rebirth of the Undefeated Sun (”Sol Invictus”), the winter solstice and the Roman Saturnalia, which had all held in the period from December 25.

Sfetcu, Nicolae, “Origins of Christmas”, Telework (January 28, 2022), URL = https://www.telework.ro/en/e-books/origins-of-christmas/

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Sfetcu, Nicolae, “Christmas Holidays“, pg. 6-9, MultiMedia Publishing (2016), ISBN 978-606-9041-40-6, URL = https://www.telework.ro/en/e-books/christmas-holidays/

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