We look forward to Christmastime all year. For most people it is their favorite holiday. As Christians, it is yet another time to honor the miraculous birth of our Lord and Savior. Most of us understand that December 25th was most likely not the actual birthday of Jesus. December is not the time of year when shepherds were usually “abiding in the field.” During this cold time of year, the fields were unproductive and the normal practice of the time was to keep the flocks in the fields from Spring to Autumn. Also, winter would likely be an especially difficult time for pregnant Mary to travel the long distance from Nazareth to Bethlehem (70 miles). The more likely time for such travels would have been late September, during the time of the annual Feast of Tabernacles, when such travel was common.
As such, it is most commonly believed that (though not certain) that Jesus’s birth was around the last of September. The conception of Christ, however, may have taken place in late December of the previous year. Our Christmas celebration may well be recognized as an honored observation of the incarnation of ‘the Word made flesh’ (John 1:4).” So it might well be that when we today, celebrate Christ’s birth at the time of year we call Christmas, we are actually celebrating the miraculous conception of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. The time when our Heavenly Father sent His Son into the world, in the virgin’s womb. “The darkest time of the year-the time of the pagan Saturnalia, and the time when the sun (the physical ‘light of the world’) is at its greatest distance from the Holy Land-would surely be an appropriate time for God to send the spiritual ‘light of the world’ into the world as the ‘Savior, which is Christ the Lord’ (Luke 2:11) ~Dr. Henry M. Morris notes for Luke 2:8,13
So why December 25th? The date was chosen by the Roman Catholic Church. Because Rome dominated most of the “Christian” world for centuries, the date became tradition throughout most of Christendom. The original significance of December 25 is that it was a well-known festival day celebrating the annual return of the sun. December 21 is the winter solstice (shortest day of the year and thus a key date on the calendar), and December 25 is the first day that ancients could clearly note that the days were definitely getting longer and the sunlight was returning.
So, why was December 25 chosen to remember Jesus Christ’s birth with a mass (or Communion supper)? “Since no one knows the day of his birth, the Roman Catholic Church felt free to chose this date. The Church wished to replace the pagan festival with a Christian holy day (holiday). The psychology was that is easier to take away an unholy (but traditional) festival from the population, when you can replace it with a good one. Otherwise, the Church would have left a void where there was a long-standing tradition, and risked producing a discontented population and a rapid return to the old ways.” ~Christian Answers
Celebrating His miraculous conception gives me chills and is even more marvelous than mere words can express! As a mama, I am overcome when thinking of Mary being given the honor of pressing her motherly lips to the forehead of her baby, our King, Love Come Down. There is nothing like holding a newborn in your arms. Their sweet newborn scent. Their musical newborn sounds. Being the first to look into their newly opened eyes. Mary, looking into the eyes of Love. I am overcome. Our Savior, born of a virgin, placed in the womb of Mary by our Heavenly Father. Our Savior, conceived in Mary, not by man, but by the Holy Spirit of God. Our Jesus, born in the city of Bethlehem exactly as prophesied many years before.
Our Savior, who existed before the Creation of the world (John 1). Our Savior, a part of the Holy Trinity of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Our Savior, the Son of God who came to us in human form for a purpose, to die as a willing sacrifice in payment for the sins of mankind to provide us with the eternal gift of salvation to all who seek, acknowledge and follow Him.
~So Very Thankful for our Savior, Jesus~