The Christians didn't celebrate the birth of Jesus, and didn't even agree about when it had occurred, for several centuries. The Mithraic day of the Birth of the Unconquered Sun on 25 December was transformed into Christmas by the Western church only in the fourth century. The baby, the virgin mother, the stable, the crib, the animals, the star, the visitors, the presents, the lights, the fire, the tree, the plants, the food - all come from pre-Christian customs.
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