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  December 26 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
December 26 is the 360th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, 361st in leap years.
December 26 is a public holiday in most Christian countries, a notable exception being the United States (unless Christmas Day falls on a Sunday like it did in 2005 and will again in 2011, in which it is the observed federal holiday).
This page was last modified 09:53, 25 April 2006.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/December_26   (1449 words)

 Why December 25?
December 25 was observed as "the birthday of the sun." Because the sun god was identifed with Mithra, a very popular god at the time, pagan celebrations occurred throughout the empire (see Clement A. Miles, Christmas, New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1912, 23).
Though there no direct evidence that proves that the Church of Rome deliberately chose December 25 so that Christ's birth would replace "the birthday of the sun," we do have sermons from fathers of the church who soon after this used this line of reasoning.
December 25 was chosen not because it had somehow been proven from extra-biblical sources that Christ was definitely born on December 25.
www.orlutheran.com /chrorig.html   (482 words)

 December 25 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
December 25 is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 6 days remaining.
2003 - The ill-fated Beagle 2 probe which was released from the Mars Express Spacecraft on December 19, disappears shortly before its scheduled landing.
This page was last modified 02:47, 27 April 2006.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/December_25   (1392 words)

 Why December 25? - Christian History
The eventual choice of December 25, made perhaps as early as 273, reflects a convergence of Origen's concern about pagan gods and the church's identification of God's son with the celestial sun.
December 25 already hosted two other related festivals: natalis solis invicti (the Roman "birth of the unconquered sun"), and the birthday of Mithras, the Iranian "Sun of Righteousness" whose worship was popular with Roman soldiers.
Most easterners eventually adopted December 25, celebrating Christ's birth on the earlier date and his baptism on the latter, but the Armenian church celebrates his birth on January 6.
www.christianitytoday.com /history/newsletter/2000/dec08.html   (814 words)

 Touchstone Archives: Calculating Christmas
But it is perhaps interesting to know that the choice of December 25th is the result of attempts among the earliest Christians to figure out the date of Jesus’; birth based on calendrical calculations that had nothing to do with pagan festivals.
Rather, the pagan festival of the “Birth of the Unconquered Son” instituted by the Roman Emperor Aurelian on 25 December 274, was almost certainly an attempt to create a pagan alternative to a date that was already of some significance to Roman Christians.
The evidence indicates, in fact, that the attribution of the date of December 25th was a by-product of attempts to determine when to celebrate his death and resurrection.
touchstonemag.com /archives/article.php?id=16-10-012-v   (1700 words)

 Was Jesus Born on December 25
It wasn't until A.D. 440 that the church officially proclaimed December 25 as the birth of Christ.
December 25 was used as a celebration of the birthday of the sun god.
Other evidence that December 25 is the wrong date for the birth of Jesus comes from early writings.
www.allaboutjesuschrist.org /was-jesus-born-on-december-25-faq.htm   (492 words)

 Christmas Symbols Unit Study - December 25
Most scholars agree that Christ was born in Autumn, not December (John the Baptist was born at Passover [Spring] and Jesus was born 6 months later).
The Encyclopedia Romana tells us that "at the time of the winter solstice (December 25 in the Julian calendar), Saturnus, the god of seed and sowing, was honored with a festival...
December 25th was the date of the winter solstice on the Julian calendar.
www.athomeschool.com /unitstudy/christmas_symbols_04.htm   (551 words)

 December 25: Encyclopedia topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Dec. 25 was formerly Natalis Solis Invicti (Natalis Solis Invicti: more facts about this subject), the Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun -- see Christmas (Christmas: A Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland).
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www.absoluteastronomy.com /reference/december_25   (3081 words)

 CADRE Comments: December 25 and the myth of the pagan Christmas
Starting with these two dates of April 6 and March 25 and adding nine months, the dates of birth for Jesus (assuming the "integral age" teaching as true) would be either January 6 or December 25.
While December 25 is readily recognizable, January 6 is certainly recognizable to Christians who come from a more liturgical background -- it is Epiphany.
He reports that the date of December 25 was being celebrated by Christians first, and gives the reason.
christiancadre.blogspot.com /2005/12/december-25-and-myth-of-pagan.html   (2650 words)

There was some dispute about the proper date of the birth of Christ and not everyone agrees even to this day.
December 25 was a festival long before the conversion of the Germanic peoples to Christianity, it seemed fitting that the time of their winter festival would also be the time to celebrate the birth of Christ.
The Puritans and other Protestant groups were right when they said that Christmas observations in December had their origins in pagan festivals of the winter solstice, and that no one knew in what season Christ was born.
www.serve.com /shea/germusa/xmasintr.htm   (1636 words)

 The Battle of Kelja, 25 - 27 December 1939
Later on 25 Dec, a new attack was launched that was to pass the Kekinniemi fort from the west, but this attempt was repulsed.
The casualties of the II/JR 30, on 25 Dec, was 8 killed and 28 wounded.
In other parts of the Taipale area, two attacks were made on 25 Dec, the first one with 5 lone tanks in Kirvesmäki, and the second one with 1,5 companies supported by 6 tanks in Terenttilä.
www.winterwar.com /Battles/Kelja.htm   (5224 words)

 December 25 Wasn't the First Choice
While there is one record of Christmas being celebrated in Antioch (Turkey) on December 25 in the middle of the second century, there is no record of its being observed on that date in Rome until the year 336 AD.
To some the December date may seem completely arbitrary, but in fact it was a calculated choice that reflected the importance of winter solstice festivals for the cultures of pre-Christian Europe and Asia.
Mithra, the god of light and wisdom, was said to have been born from a rock on December 25.
www.lnstar.com /mall/main-areas/xmas-not-first-choice.htm   (3336 words)

 Was Jesus born on December 25?
Ironically, December 25th was a celebration of the birthday of the sun god.
The early church, in an attempt to get rid of the pagan holiday, declared December 25th to be the birthday of the Son of God.
Rather than disputing December 25th as the day of Jesus' birth, we should be grateful that an increasingly non-Christian society even celebrates His birth at all.
www.gotquestions.org /December-25.html   (240 words)

 December 25, 1998   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In ALJ Levine's December 4, 1998, Initial Decision on Remand, the ALJ reduced his original civil monetary penalty assessment by 25 percent from $1.77 million to approximately $1.33 million based on the scope of Staryk's violations, and reinstated the sanctions of a registration revocation, a permanent trading ban, and a cease and desist order.
The provisions of the Commission's Order are effective on December 23, 1998, the date on which it was issued, and remain in effect unless and until the Order is revoked in accordance with section 8e(b)(3)(B) of the Act.
Upon careful consideration of the record made by the parties, it was concluded that although complainant had succeeded in proving violations by respondents, the complaint was dismissed for failure of the complainant to connect his damages to the violations.
www.cftc.gov /opa/adv98/opawa54-98.htm   (4000 words)

 Prabhupada Letters :: 1968   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
I thank you for your letter of December 17, 1968, I am always so glad to be hearing from you.
Regarding Rukmini, I think that if she is desiring to marry Upendra then that idea is very nice and approved by me. If she will rather wait for awhile that is all right but in either case Upendra should be informed of her plans.
I have received your letter of December 15, 1968 and have noted the contents with much satisfaction and encouragement.
sangalog4.blogspot.com /2004_12_19_sangalog4_archive.html   (5713 words)

 Why December 25?
But this view is apparently a historical myth—like the stories of a church council debating how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, or that medieval folks believed the earth is flat—often repeated, even in classrooms, but not true.
So if Christ was conceived on March 25, nine months later, he would have been born on Dec. 25.
I was taught that they used this same formula to decide the day that Shakespeare was born, since the only historical records they have for him are his death date and his baptism date.
cranach.worldmagblog.com /cranach/archives/2005/12/why_december_25.html   (1739 words)

 Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: December 25, 2005 - December 31, 2005 Archives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
December 25, 2005 - December 31, 2005
He has been one of a handful of retired CIA officers who've stood up publicly over the last couple years to take on those in and out of the administration who say that outing Valerie Plame was no big deal.
His "torture memo" is inarguably a horrific piece of legal reasoning, which uses lawyerly cleverness to evade the plain sense of words and endorse the policies his superiors wanted endorsed.
www.talkingpointsmemo.com /archives/week_2005_12_25.php   (4882 words)

 Update: Influenza Activity --- United States, December 25--31, 2005
During December 25--31, World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating laboratories and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) laboratories in the United States reported testing 1,677 specimens for influenza viruses, of which 169 (10.1%) were positive.
From December 2003 through January 10, 2006, a total of 147 laboratory-confirmed human cases of avian influenza A (H5N1) infections were reported to WHO.*** Of these, 78 (53%) were fatal (Table).
Since December 30, four new cases and two deaths in Turkey and one new case and two deaths in China were reported.
www.cdc.gov /mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5501a4.htm   (1008 words)

 December 21 - 25
Thursday, December 28, 2000 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 302 Fifth St. S.E., with the Rev. David Kucera officiating.
Gail was born July 25, 1906, in Britton, S. the daughter of John and Clarissa (Howe) Jones.
Doug was united in marriage with Wuaneta Wilson on Aug. 25, 1981 in Las Vegas, Nev. He worked as a Safety Director for Morgan Drive Away and previously as an independent owner/operator truck driver.
www.pafways.org /obituaries/mcgg/2000/dec5.htm   (6563 words)

 The Straight Dope: Why do we celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
One theory holds that this is the right date, postulating that Zachary was high priest and that the Day of Atonement fell on September 24, ergo, John the Baptist was born on June 24 and Christ dropped in exactly six months later on December 25.
Another guess works backward from the supposed date of the crucifixion (March 25), figuring that Christ was conceived exactly 33 years before he died, True Believers having no use for fractional numbers.
According to the most tenable hypothesis, Christ's birthday was assigned to the winter solstice (December 25 in the Julian calendar, January 6 in the Egyptian) because the date had a ready-made pagan holiday, the "Birthday of the Invincible Sun" (or "ancient Saturnalia debauch," as you put it).
www.straightdope.com /classics/a1_034b.html   (342 words)

 Why December 25? Don't Believe What You've Heard
Posted: Monday, December 12, 2005 at 1:54 am ET Gene Edward Veith, World Magazine's indispensable culture editor, sets the record straight on December 25 in the magazine's December 10 issue.
But this view is apparently a historical myth--like the stories of a church council debating how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, or that medieval folks believed the earth is flat--often repeated, even in classrooms, but not true.
In "Calculating Christmas," Tighe argued that "December 25th as the date of the Christ's birth appears to owe nothing whatsoever to pagan influences upon the practice of the Church during or after Constantine's time.
www.albertmohler.com /blog_read.php?id=407   (267 words)

 Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: December 19, 2004 - December 25, 2004 Archives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
December 19, 2004 - December 25, 2004
Not only is Rep. Harold Ford now a self-declared member of the Fainthearted Faction, but he told that panel discussion that he believes the Faction contains between between 50 and 60 members, or roughly a quarter of the Democratic caucus.
Finally, Congressman Adam Smith of Washington, from what we can glean from TPM constituent-readers who've contacted his office and this article he wrote on December 17th, is very much keeping his options open on private accounts.
www.talkingpointsmemo.com /archives/week_2004_12_19.php   (7478 words)

 *Ø*  Wilson's Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 25 | Christmas truce Yule folklore origins ...
Christmas, ironically, antedates the Nativity of Christ, and December 25 is a fudge.
In her later years, she taught ceramics and served as a technical consultant to a 1955 movie about the White shooting, The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing, in which she was portrayed by Joan Collins.
October 25, 1910 - 2002), a noted aviator who sometimes appeared in Hollywood films; the identity of his father remains in doubt.
www.wilsonsalmanac.com /book/dec25.html   (2677 words)

 (DV) Leupp: Celebrating the True Meaning of December 25
If it occurred as the Gospel of Luke tells us, as shepherds were watching over their fields by night, it probably wouldn’t have taken place in December.
That falls this year on December 21 but the Romans celebrated the birth feast of Mithras on December 25, ordered to do so by Emperor Aurelian in 274 CE.
But Christmas celebrated on December 25 is a completely non-biblical tradition, and realizing that, various Christians over the centuries have actively opposed its observance.
www.dissidentvoice.org /Dec05/Leupp1225.htm   (1683 words)

 Look, See: December 19, 2004 - December 25, 2004 Archives
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December 26, 2004 - January 01, 2005 »;
Happily, she was able to work for a long time, and I believe her example and body of work is very important to any kind of artist.
www.chrisashley.net /weblog/archives/week_2004_12_19.html   (3040 words)

 December 25 - New York Times
We want to feel safe, loving and well loved, well fed, openhanded, and able to be moved by the powerful but very humble stories that gather in this season.
We would like to feel that there is a kind of innocence, not in our hearts, since our hearts are such complicated places, but in the very gestures and rituals of late December.
We would like to feel that we are returning to something unchanged, some still spot in a spinning world.
www.nytimes.com /2005/12/25/opinion/25sun1.html?ex=1293166800&en=12cbb8020fa3b940&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss   (438 words)

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