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The economic impact of Christmas has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.The canonical gospels of Luke and Matthew both describe Jesus as being born in Bethlehem in Judea, to a virgin mother.However, some Eastern Christian Churches celebrate Christmas on December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which currently corresponds to January 7 in the Gregorian calendar, the day after the Western Christian Church celebrates the Epiphany.This is not a disagreement over the date of Christmas as such, but rather a preference of which calendar should be used to determine the day that is December 25.Further, others say that He was born on the 24th or 25th of Pharmuthi [April 20 or 21].Various factors contributed to the selection of December 25 as a date of celebration: it was the date of the winter solstice on the Roman calendar; it was about nine months after March 25, the date of the vernal equinox and a date linked to the conception of Jesus.In the Matthew account, magi follow a star to Bethlehem to bring gifts to Jesus, born the king of the Jews.

The traditional Christmas narrative, the Nativity of Jesus, delineated in the New Testament says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in accordance with messianic prophecies.

Charles Dickens and other writers reinvented the holiday by emphasizing Christmas as a time for family, religion, gift-giving, and social reconciliation as opposed to the revelry that had been common historically.

There are those who have determined not only the year of our Lord's birth, but also the day; and they say that it took place in the 28th year of Augustus, and in the 25th day of [the Egyptian month] Pachon [May 20] …

All the major events of Christ's life, especially the passion, were celebrated on this date.

In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul mentions Passover, presumably celebrated according to the local calendar in Corinth.

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