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You don't even know the year to better than 10 years (because of the conflict between the year Herod died and the year the census was held). Clearly, when things are written a century later, it's hard to be precise. If the year is not known, do you think the date is? The origin of the myth of the December date is that it is 9 months after the Passover crucifixion. Ancients liked the coincidence of birth (or conception) and death dates. So since Jesus died in March, they wanted him to be conceived also in March, and counted 9 months from March till December for his supposed birth. Happily for them, that coincided with pagan holidays such as Saturnalia. If you calculate 9 months from the exact date of Passover the year Jesus died, you get December 25 to within a couple of days!
That's true...Christmas day (Dec 25) is the day Christians chose in the 16th century i believe to celebrate the birth of Jesus, studies have shown that he was probably actually born in late summer, ie August-September
Christmas means, "the Feast of the Messiah." As the Messiah had not yet come, there was no feast to celebrate him. We do not know his birthdate, so we chose a date based on the New Year, Winter Solstice, and other holidays to celebrate it to associate the Feast of the Messiah with new birth.
If Jesus actually existed, we don't know when he was born. But going by what is in the Bible, December 25 is very unlikely. The Bible mentions that an angel announced Jesus' birth to shepherds who were out in the fields at night, guarding their flocks of sheep. Shepherds only stay all night with their flocks when lambs are getting born. This happens in the Spring. So going by Bible testimony, we should be celebrating Christmas at about the same time of year as Easter.