Christmas is a nice time of the year, and I love Christmas. But one thing confuses me about it, why does the christian churches insist on preaching to us about Christmas being a a celebration of the birth of Jesus.
For Christians, Christmas isn't really an important religious festival, It was made up in the times of the early church to have a christian alternative to the winter solstice celebrations that the pagans did, It is unlikely that Jesus was born anywhere near December, and it is most likely he was born in April or May (If he was born). Only one of the gospels mentions the birth of Jesus, and after reading that it seams like it was mostly made up to confirm the Jewish prophecies of the birth of the Messiah. By contrast all of them go into a lot of detail about the events of Easter and the time before that, and Easter is the most important christian festival.
I can see the reason why the church chose December as the time of the birth of Jesus, as most countries Christianity was spreading to had very harsh winters, and the pagans used to have a feast to celebrate the days getting longer and to give themselves a break from winter in the middle of it. I assume those pagans they converted to Christianity converted back a lot at the end of December because all the pagans where having feasts and they weren't. So the church created a feast as a christian alternative to the winter solstice celebrations. Now Christmas is largely secular and not really tied to any religion, the church can afford to stop celebrating Christmas religiously and stop banging on about how Jesus was born on the 25th of December when he clearly wasn't.