First December 25th Christmas tied to pagan shrine

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Written by Kelly  
Sunday, 23 December 2007 11:07

The church where the tradition of celebrating Christmas on December 25th may have begun was built near a pagan shrine as part of an effort to spread Christianity, a leading Italian scholar says.

Jeremiah 10:2-5
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

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