There are so things that we know about the birth of Jesus; there are also some things that we definitely do not know. All we really know for sure is what we find in the Bible. We know, for example, that Jesus was born of the virgin, Mary. (Matthew 1:22-23; Luke 1:34-35) But we know nothing of the Immaculate Conception, Perpetual Virginity, Assumption or Veneration of the virgin Mary. The Bible says nothing about these; they are all human traditions with no basis in fact.
We know that Jesus was born in the reign of Caesar Augustus. (Luke 2:1ff) But we do not know the date of His birth. December 25 is merely a human tradition and not found in the Bible. Nor do we know of any special day for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. No such holy day can be found in the Bible.
While it is fine to enjoy a festive season, we should not be misled into thinking that God authorized a certain day for a special celebration of the birth of Christ.
It’s that time of year – the time when people ask us about the celebration of Christmas. Since we do not have any special religious celebration of the birth of Christ on December 25th, people often ask why? It’s an appropriate question. So, how are we to answer?
The short answer is this: Christmas is never mentioned in the Bible.
There are some things, some very important things that we do know about the birth of Jesus – things revealed in the Bible. We know that Jesus was born of a virgin, born to be our Savior and born in fulfillment of prophecy. (Matthew 1:18-23) Also we know the place of His birth – Bethlehem. (Matthew 2:5-6) And, too, we know that angels announced His birth. (Luke 2:8-12)
There are, however, some things that definitely are not in the Bible; for example, the actual date of Jesus’ birth. Nobody knows the date – December 25th is merely an invention of man. Furthermore, if God had wanted us to know, He could have told us. Also, the Bible makes no provision for a special celebration of the birth of Jesus. Again, if God had intended such, He could have told us.