Jesus's birthday was actually in the summer but moved to the winter in order to coincide with the pagan solstice festival in which lit trees and slaughtered goats were celebrated as hallmarks of the holiday. This holiday was called "Saturnalia" and was a massive party more naughty than nice but phased out in the 19th century and changed to what we know as "Christmas" today. The trees were brought in doors to keep them in the hopes that summer would be prolonged and winter would be shortened...
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