The purpose of this site is to set forth the case, based upon Scripture and sacred history, of Christ’s birth, Dec. 25, 2 B.C.
We believe the Dec. 25, 2 B.C., birth of our Lord is adequately demonstrated by competent Biblical evidence. However, the method of proof by which to substantiate that claim has largely been lost to history. This has left Christmas open to the charge that the date was derived from the pagan winter soltice, or other serreptious means. However, other than the mere coincidence of sharing the common date of Dec. 25th, there has never been any evidence in support of these claims. To the contraary, evidence that Jesus was born Dec. 25th is quite substantial, such that we have every reason to receive it as the actual date of Christ's birth.
With you, we hold the celebration of Christmas dear and believe few dates in the calendar have brought men and nations the joy that has traditionally surrounded the Savior’s birth. We are happy to be able to share the evidence with you here.
The Origins of Christmas
“Unto You Is Born This Day"
The Biblical Case for the December 25th Birth of Christ
We often hear it said that
Jesus was not “really” born December 25th;
that this date is a mere fiction, surreptitiously
appropriated by church authorities in an attempt to
off-set and Christianize the pagan solstice; that, in
fact, Jesus was probably born in September, 6 or 7 B.C.
However, such charges
are relatively recent.
For most of church
history, December 25th
was received as the actual date of Christ’s birth,
handed down from earliest times.
Christmas were first raised during the Reformation by
Puritans and Scottish Presbyterians, who attempted to
outlaw its celebration in
The Priestly Courses Testify to Jesus' Dec. 25th birth
Zechariah the father of John the Baptist was serving in the course of his priestly ministration when told his wife would conceive a son. John was six months older than our Lord. By identifying when Zechariah was serving and when John was conceived, we can determine when Jesus would have been born 15 months later.
Early Witness of the Christmas Date
Gregory Thaumaturgus (A.D. 205-265) was
born to pagan parents, and was a native of Neo-Caesarea, the
first city of Pontus. He became a student of Origen in
Palestinian Caesarea, where he was instructed in logic,
geometry, physics, philosophy, and ancient literature. Under
Origen’s influence, Gregory soon converted to the faith. After
about five years of remaining with Origen, Gregory returned to
his native Neo-Caesarea, where he became bishop and served with
great distinction. The passage in question has to do with the
annunciation and conception, which Gregory places at Passover,
which occurs at the full moon in the month of Nisan (Abib).
Since Gregory almost certainly equated Passover the year Christ
was conceived with March 25th, the nativity nine
months later would have been December 25th, making
this one of the earliest evidences of the traditional date of
Matthew Chapter Two
Bethlehem in December
Would Shepherds be watching their
flocks by night Dec. 25th in Bethlehem?
We often hear in objection to the Dec. 25th birth of Christ, that shepherds would not have been watching their flocks by night in the fields near Bethlehem as reported by Luke (Lk. 2:8). This is probably true of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where snow and bitter cold drive men indoors (picture below), but in Bethlehem, Judea, the story is very differnt indeed. Scripture tells us that the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob lived in tents year-round. Read >>>
Christmas day, 1890
The Calendar, The Nativity, and
In this article, we investigate many interesting facts from scripture relative to dating time, and look at the religious and civil facets of the calendar, and its testimony to the nativity, kingdom and coming of Christ.
Puritan England 1641-1660
A Vindication of Christmas Day
or the Solemnity of the Nativity of
Star of Bethlehem or Nazareth?
In this article we look at attempts to identify the star seen by the Magi in the east, and show that the star led them, not to Bethlehem, but to Nazareth forty-odd days after Christ’s birth.
Attempts to identify the “star of Bethlehem” have come and gone down through the ages. Various phenomena and astrological occurrences have been proposed and served to corroborate the date of Christ’s birth. Among the earliest and longest standing attempts was that made by Johannes Kepler (1571-1630). Read »
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In the first ages
Epiphany...was of old promiscuously used either for the feast of Christ’s Nativity, or for that we now properly call by that name: afterwards the titles became distinct; that of Christ’s Birth (or as we call it Christmas -day) was called the Nativity, and Theophania, the appearances of God in the flesh, two names importing the same thing as Nazianzen notes. For the antiquity of it, the first footsteps I find of it are in the Second Century, though I doubt not that it might be celebrated before, mentioned by Theophilus Bishop of Caesarea, about the time of the Emperor Commodus: but if any credit might be given to the Decretal Epistles, it was somewhat elder than that, Pope Telesphorus, who lived under Antonius Pius, ordaining divine Service to be celebrated, and an angelical Hymn to be sung the night before the Nativity of our Saviour.
However, that it was kept before the times of
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The Nativity Poem
Simple chronology places the nativity of Christ in the closing weeks of the Julian year
Did Mary travail, was our Lord born,
While yet it was night, before it was morn?
Whilst shepherds flocks watched, but other men slept,
This day that men long centuries have kept?
Do we well the Lord’s birth to remember,
Year by year the twenty-fifth of December?
Fear not, good Christian men, be not afraid,
It was surely this night when it was said,
“Unto the sons of earth is born this day,
He whom prophets foretold and saints did pray.
And, lo, this a sign unto you shall be,
The babe in a manger in David’s city.”
English Christmas Pudding
English Christmas Pudding
One of the great joys of Christmas is the wonderful
traditions which have so many fond memories and tender
associations. One of our family's favorites is Old English
Christmas pudding. This is a simple "fail safe"
recipe for this exquisit, traditional desert.
One of the great joys of Christmas is the wonderful traditions which have so many fond memories and tender associations. One of our family's favorites is Old English Christmas pudding. This is a simple "fail safe" recipe for this exquisit, traditional desert.
10 slices white bread
¼ cup butter
1 cup scalded milk
3 tablespoons brandy
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
4 eggs, separated
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/3 cups raisins lightly floured
¼ teaspoon cloves
½ cut finely chopped dried figs
¼ teaspoon mace
3 tablespoons finely chopped candied citrus rind
1 teaspoon salt
Butter and flour a 2-quart steam pudding mold. Heat water in a pot large enough to hold the mold. Crump the bread, and soak it in the hot milk. Cool and add the sugar, the well-beaten egg yolks, raisins, figs, and citrus rinds, and butter. Add to the crumb mixture, then stir in the brandy, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, mace, and salt. Beat until well blended. Beat the egg white until they are stiff but not dry. Stir a third of the whites into the pudding mixture, then gently fold in the remaining whites. Spoon the mixture into the mold and cover. Put in the large pot and steam for six hours. Remove and let cool for 10 minuets before unmolding. Serve warm with Hard Sauce.
Hard Sauce: There are different flavored sauces. Our favorite is lemon/brandy. 5 tablespoons butter - 1 cup confectioners sugar - 1 tablespoon lemon - 1 tablespoon brandy - Cream the butter, then slowly add the sugar, beating well with an electric beater or by hand until creamy and pale yellow. Add the lemon and brandy. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
Homemade Candied Rind: We recommend homemade rinds, rather than the ghastly store-bought kind used in fruitcakes. Once you uses these, you will never go back. Blanch 1 part orange to 2 parts lemon rinds in boiling water. Remove. Let cool, and finely dice. Add 2 cups of sugar to 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Add rinds. Remove from heat; let sit overnight. Repeat once or twice more until rinds obtain desired degree of candying. Store in sugar surup in refridgerator.