You realize, of course, that the early Christians absorbed the pagan solstice celebration as a convenient way to set up an official birthday for Jesus.
No one knows when Jesus was born, but we do know that nothing could stop the pagans from reveling at the sun's anticipated return to its summertime arc in the sky. So the early Christians gave in and said, "OK, OK, keep your holly and tree, just put this star on top of it now."
When you pretend that Christmas is actually the historical birthday of Christ, you lose credibility.
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