Relation to concurrent celebrations. Many popular customs associated with Christmas developed independently of the commemoration of Jesus' birth, with certain elements having origins in pre-Christian festivals that were celebrated around the winter solstice by pagan populations who were later converted to Christianity.
Q: I've heard that Christmas is a pagan holiday, and that we Christians should not celebrate. Originally, various dates where chosen to celebrate Christ's birth.
II. How Did Christmas Come to Be Celebrated on December 25? A. Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness .