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Question from Joe on 12/31/2013:

In the biblical accounts of Christ's birth, the time of year is not recorded. It is my understanding that Dec. 25 was chosen to "offset" the pagan festival of the winter solstice (Dec. 21 in northern hemisphere). After Dec. 21, the days become longer (more light) due to the position of the sun, earth's axis, etc. Christians celebrate the fact that the SON is the light of our lives. Keep in mind that the southern hemisphere also celebrates Christmas on Dec. 25 which is during their summer.

Answer by Richard Geraghty on 1/11/2014:

Dear Joe,

You are quite right. Thanks for your note,

Dr. Geraghty

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