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In Luke chapter one, Jesus' birthday can be determined if the "course of Abia" is understood. The Levitical priests split up their times of duties in the Temple into specific times for each course. The course of Abia was 06/13-06/19 and the weekly Sabbath. More information on the priests' courses can be found here "(note that Abia is also spelled Abijah) biblelight.net/sukkoth.htm
Once the dates of the course of Abia are understood, we can determine the date of conception for John the Baptist. He was six months in the womb the day Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel. (Luke 1:26) She went "with haste" to her Elisabeth where John the Baptist was six months in her womb and leapt at the presence of Jesus in Mary's womb.
So, December 25th we celebrate the day God gave us His only begotten Son. Jesus was conceived and God truly began to dwell with man on earth.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Matthew 1:23 "Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
God is good and God keeps His promises.