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Advent 4

Why Christmas is Celebrated on Dec 25 Part 2

Now, the second theory as to why Christmas is celebrated on Dec 25th. May I warn you; it seems very tenuous to us moderns.

In the ancient world few people knew the day they were born, but the day of their death was recorded. As early as the third century, many Christians communities thought March 25 was the day Christ was crucified. This is the day of the spring equinox. March 25 was also considered by many to be the first day of the New Year. For many it was also the day they believed the creation of the world began.

The ancient mind, therefore, creation and redemption were united. The next logical step, for an ancient, was to suggest that Christ died on the day He was conceived, because in this culture, where birthdays were not known, the day of death was always celebrated. In their mind, there was a link between the day of death with the day a person entered the world through conception. To them it seemed natural the day you left the world was the day you entered it. Good Friday, the Annunciation (the day Angel Gabriel announced Jesus conception to Mary), & Christmas therefore all belong together. This combined Jesus incarnation, birth & atonement. Thus, Christmas falls on December 25, nine months after His conception & crucifixion.

Whether this date is true or not, didn’t really matter to the early Christians. What mattered was the truth behind this practice. The incarnation (God becoming a human), and the atonement, (Jesus death for us), belong together. Christmas & Easter are two sides of the same coin. Jesus was born to die. That’s what the Church Year is all about That’s’ what Christmas, Easter & the Annunciation are all about.

Adapted from - Arthur Just: Heaven on Earth; The gift of Christ in the Divine Service, p. 136

Mark Hampel

About the author


Mark Hampel is an enthusiastic communicator of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was ordained in 1988 and has served in churches and schools in 3 states. He currently lives in Chinchilla, Qld. His passion is building up the faith of God’s people and working with them so that all will come to know Christ as their joy and salvation.

Mark is happily married to Veronica and they have 4 children and 4 grandsons. He is also a farmer of sorts, having spent the last decade establishing a date plantation in Western Queensland. Other hobbies include Australian history, travel, film & literature and of course, family.

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Downfall Creek

St John’s

St John’s Downfall Creek, has been a centre of Christian faith and life in the area for over 100 years. They operated a Christian school for twenty-two years (1940 – 62).

This faith community is a warm-hearted bunch, who love to share their hospitality with the district. They enjoy many a pot luck dinner and host ‘Easter Dawn Service & Breakfast’, ‘Christmas Eve’ & ‘Advent Tea’’ and ‘Games Nights’ for the community.

Home Groups are an important part of life in the Downfall. Discussion and exploration of the faith are encouraged.

Religious Education at the nearby Guluguba Primary School is provided by St John’s.

Downfall Creek



Redeemer Miles, is a dedicated group who know the love of Christ and are keen to share it. They meet regularly in various homes throughout the district for intergenerational worship and home groups.  

Religious Education at nearby Drillham State Primary School is provided by Redeemer.



The Charleville faith community meet for worship once a month, then go out for a fellowship meal together. A Home Group is planned to begin soon.

They host the annual ‘Western Muster’, an ecumenical Bible teaching gathering, held on the first weekend after Easter.


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