There are all kinds of excuses put forward why an early pope chose a pagan holiday to celebrate His birth. Many try to deny the fact altogether. Still, we don’t know anything about the timing except that winter was the LEAST likely time of year for the event. My own belief is that it was somewhere near Passover, making that time doubly holy, but that’s only my opinion.
I used to wonder why the Bible wasn’t more specific on the the matter, but old age has given me an idea on the reason. Even though Christians have corrupted Resurrection Day by calling it “Easter” and flaunting pagan fertility symbols like ducklings, chicks and bunnies, we’ve never turned it into a wholesale commercialized spendfest like we have Christmas. Perhaps that’s because it’s a bit hard to feel all happy and giddy about holy days that remember the death of a kingdom’s firstborn and the torture, death and burial of the Son of God.
While we should celebrate Christ’s birth each day in our hearts and daily hold Passover and Resurrection Day in our thankful minds, we gain nothing spiritually by spending money and throwing parties. Maybe God simply wanted no part in encouraging what would happen to the celebration of Christ’s birth by giving us a solid date on which to celebrate it. I don’t pretend to truly know His reason, It’s actually just a guess. Copyright 12/25/2021