In a post a couple days back I indicated that Dec. 25 was (properly) picked to compete with pagan festivals. Tekton reader (and darned good apologist in his own right) Kabane has pointed me to an interesting article, with some fairly good documentation, that disputes that notion, and I thought it deserved a look. See link below.
If nothing else, you can use it to irritate pagan copycat theorists!
The Forge is "one up" on posts right now, so it'll take tomorrow off and return...next year! Have a happy one!