specified anywhere in the New Testament.
The Christian traveller and historian Sextus Julius Africanus wrote a book in the year AD 221 in which he indicated that the birth of Jesus must have taken place on 25 December, because this was 9 months after the Annunciation (the time when Mary was allegedly told by the angel Gabriel that she would have a son that would be described at the Son of God). I
n the year AD354 a manuscript that was compiled in Rome referred to the celebration of the birthday of Christ.
In the 17th century the Puritans (a Christian sect) banned all Christmas celebrations in Britain and the North American colonies because they described Christmas celebrations as "repulsively non-Christian".
Apparently the tradition of having a Christmas tree is rejected as a heathen practice in Jeremiah 10:2-6: "Thus saith the Lord, learn not the way of the heathen...For the customs of the people are vain; for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not."
Santa Claus is a distortion of the name Saint Nicholas, a Roman Catholic bishop who lived in the 4th century. He was the bishop of Myra, a saint honoured by the Greeks and Latins on the 6th of December. Legend has it that he felt sorry for the three beautiful daughters of a poor citizen, and as a result he secretly gave them dowries so that they could marry well. This was the beginning of Christmas presents and the association of Santa Claus with Christmas.
Why does Santa Claus always dress in red and white? Because he works very hard on Christmas Eve delivering gifts to children all around the world, and when he gets thirsty, he stops and drinks Coca Cola out of a red and white can. Yes, that company decided that Christmas was really about the spirit of Santa Claus, and they decided to dress him in company colours.