My mother forwarded this book/pamphlet that Phillip Kayser wrote on why he celebrates Christmas. Whether or not you agree with his premise or not, I thought some of you might enjoy reading it. It's roughly 40-some pages long, in an easy to read style. I found it highly fascinating and at this point cannot disagree with his arguments...it might be an interesting subject to dig further into (some day).
But in case you do not want to take the time to read it, I will attempt to give you a rough idea of what he says. He believes Christ was born on, wait for it...Decemeber 25. Astounding, isn't it? :) He uses both the Bible and extra-biblical evidences to draw that conclusion. They are too numerous to list here, but one of the most striking to me was the parallels (if he is correct) with the building/dedication of the original tabernacle (the one Moses erected) and the birth/dedication of Jesus Christ (*bounces up and down* remember the Hebrews 9 correlation betwixt tabernacle and Christ??) Combine Mr. Kayser's theory with Mr. Larson's theory on the Star of Bethleham (you will find that they disagree on birth date and year) and I think one has something of a very, very awe-inspring glimpse at the incalculable wonder of our God and Savior.
You are perfectly free to disagree with me, for really, I, as Mr. Kayser does, see this as a liberty of conscious issue.
Still, for all that, I shall wish each and everyone of my beloved brethern a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Please receive it in the joy it is given...Christ was born into our world, lived our righteousnesss, and died our death, rising again on the third day, bringing hope and salvation to His people!!