Luke 2:1-12 (KJV)
"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger'."
He was, of course, the greatest Christmas present ever.
As for the proper date of the birth of Christ, not everyone agrees, even now.
(It probably wasn't in Winter, though)
It was not until A.D. 350, that December 25 was declared the official date for celebrating Christmas by Pope Julius I.
It wasn't made a Federal Holiday in the U.S. until 1870, when it was added as one by President Ulysses S. Grant.
I saw The Nativity Story on Friday; catch it if you get the chance...it has the camojack seal of approval.
Here's an official movie poster:
For other entertainment, Christmas lyrics HERE.
And "White Christmas" may be a secular song, but I absolutely love The Drifters’ version.
(As presented in the linked cartoon, especially)
Speakin' of secular tunes: