Next week, on December 25th, billions of people will celebrate Christmas and in doing so will acknowledge the birth of Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah of the God of Israel. In the process, many will attend midnight church services, some will light religious candles, and countless will worship in song, Gifts will be given, food will be consumed, and beverages will flow. Some family gatherings will be awesome, some intolerable. All of these activities will top off a shopping spree wherein gifts will be given to friends and loved one on Christmas Day.
I should also mention that all of this will foreshadow mall madness which will occur the following day, as gifts are returned and retail prices are slashed.
But how much of this massive celebration actually has Biblical roots? Seriously, I don’t mean to be a downer, but given all of the anxiety and expense associated with preparing for Christmas, how much of this holiday can be authenticated in the Bible?
In this special holiday edition of Hidden Headlines you’ll discover answers to these questions:
– Was Jesus really born on December 25th?
– Was Jesus’ birth important to his first generation of followers?
– Is Christmas in the Bible?
– When did Christmas become a significant holiday?
– Was Christmas originally connected to pagan holidays?
– Christmas or Easter–which is more significant?
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