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One could say that St. Nick actually does diminish the true meaning of Christmas because giving of gifts is not what Christmas is supposed to be about, which started the commercialization of Christmas in the first place. However, many ancient cultures also celebrate December 25, or a date around that day. Some say Christians stole that date from other cultures. In the case of most American Christians, I do think Christmas holds a rather significant religious aspect to it. Not a mere gathering like Thanksgiving.
[/quote]December 25 was adopted by the Catholic Church to entice pagans to join their church. No specific month is given for Jesus Birth. However, the Bible says the Shepherds were in the fields with their flocks. This happened up into the Fall months. So, we know that Jesus was likely born in the Autumn. Given that He was about 6 months younger than John the Baptist, Autumn seems consistent.
We also know that Zecharias, John the Baptist’s father, was in priesthood service. When he arrived home, John was conceived. Correlating with Jewish religious history, and counting forward 9 months, it is assumed that JTB was born around Passover. April. Six months later, Jesus was born, probably in October, a time when the shepherds were still in the fields.
Gift giving was a symbol of the wise men and their involvement. They brought gifts. Heck, it ia a celebration of birth, the birth of the Savior. Why would their not be gifts. Most traditions are rooted in some aspect of the birth of Christ.
I am not sure how you do it, but both Christmas and Thanksgiving are religiously observed in the Tiny household. Thankful prayer, reading of Scripture, and a focus on the family. We eat, and open gifts, but the emphasis is on the Christ.