Care to elucidate on the traditions that were "stolen" and explain the alleged religious significance of said traditions?If it wasn't stolen, why did it jack dozens of Pagan rituals? The accepted argument is that the RCC trying to get the hordes of Pagans after the fall of Rome to convert took the holiday along with the rituals as their own to further the conversion into Catholicism.
WHat are we celebrating on December 25? The birth of the Son of God. The traditional date for that celebration is exactly nine months after the Annunciation to Mary. Hint - It is generally held that a woman's normal term is about nine months."It's a Christian Holiday and always was never mind that we celebrate it on the day and time that Pagans had their own for thousands of years before the Israelite and we celebrate in Pagan ways!"
I could say the same of you.You're going to have to do better then that.
So? Average high temperature in Jerusalem in December is the upper 50s. Not cold. If it wasn't winter, why was field labor suspended?Read about what the Shepards were wearing.
Why do I care what a bunch of bigoted, intolerant Puritans did?The Puritans banned the holiday. What does that tell you about the purpose?