Contrary to popular belief, the Father of Christmas was a pagan. This ancient bronze coin commemorates Aurelian, the man who determined the date of Christmas:
While it would avoid a lot of confusion if Jesus had been born in the year 1 AD, the truth is, no one knows when the First Noel actually happened. The consensus among historians is 3 BCE, which means that Christ was actually born three years Before Christ.
If we don’t know the year, we certainly don’t know the day. If the Gospels are to be believed, Jesus was probably a spring baby, as shepherds don’t keep watch over their flocks in the winter. And yet Christmas has been celebrated on December 25 for almost 18 centuries. How was that date decided on? Continue reading