UK's Daily Mail subtle anti-Catholic swipe
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I thought that we had December 25th because as the Church spread west, they decided to replace the solistice with Christmas for evanglization reasons.  I've always been satisfied with this answer as it speaks to the Church's charity when dealing with infidels.  Is there a widespread school of thought that believes Christ's date of birth was actually December 25th?  If so, was the date of the annunciation (historically) March 25th?  If so, our Lord was right on time! 

How could that be established, since they used a different calendar?
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#12
I don't know about the different calendars, but that is a good question.

I looked ahead to the book in which the Annunciation is explained.  Regarding the date, it reads:
"A tradition, which has come down from the apostolic ages, tells us that the great mystery of the Incarnation was achieved on the twenty-fifth day of March."  The note for this section refers to St. Augustine's De Trinitate  Book 4, chapter 5.  I found it on the New Advent site (I'll paste the whole chapter, because it's interesting.  Chapter 4 explains the reference to the number 6):

Quote:Chapter 5.— The Number Six is Also Commended in the Building Up of the Body of Christ and of the Temple at Jerusalem.

9. And not without reason is the number six understood to be put for a year in the building up of the body of the Lord, as a figure of which He said that He would raise up in three days the temple destroyed by the Jews. For they said, Forty and six years was this temple in building. And six times forty-six makes two hundred and seventy-six. And this number of days completes nine months and six days, which are reckoned, as it were, ten months for the travail of women; not because all come to the sixth day after the ninth month, but because the perfection itself of the body of the Lord is found to have been brought in so many days to the birth, as the authority of the church maintains upon the tradition of the elders. For He is believed to have been conceived on the 25th of March, upon which day also He suffered; so the womb of the Virgin, in which He was conceived, where no one of mortals was begotten, corresponds to the new grave in which He was buried, wherein was never man laid, neither before nor since. But He was born, according to tradition, upon December the 25th. If, then you reckon from that day to this you find two hundred and seventy-six days which is forty-six times six. And in this number of years the temple was built, because in that number of sixes the body of the Lord was perfected; which being destroyed by the suffering of death, He raised again on the third day. For He spoke this of the temple of His body, as is declared by the most clear and solid testimony of the Gospel; where He said, For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
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#13
According to St. Jerome and Tertullian, Christmas was celebrated on December 25 about 100 years before the reign of Constantine the Great, in areas of the Roman Empire that had never celebrated Saturnalia or Sol Invictus, places such as Palestine and North Africa.

This guy is just regurgitating oft repeated myths, along the lines of the Columbus sailed into the Atlantic to prove the world was round. Reminds me of what they broadcast on the History Channel. 
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#14
the Mail is really just a glorified tabloid. The only thing worth(!) reading there is celebrity divorces, who's getting fat and/or too skinny and outrageous stories about either benefit cheats or jobsworth council workers.

edited to add: this doesn't stop me from checking it about twice a day though  :LOL:
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