Why We Celebrate on December 25

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I thought you might enjoy this historical perspective on our celebration of Christmas, offered by Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.Fr. Friedman from Franciscan Communications explains that in 330 AD, the Catholic Church in Rome picked December for the celebration of Christmas. Some – but not many – scholars claimed that December 25 was indeed the day on which Christ was born. More likely the intention was to replace a pagan festival held in December, with a Christian feast.

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