According to Benet’s Readers’ Encyclopedia, the Christmas Day celebration (Feast of the Nativity) was established by Rome in the year of 336. The date is linked to the ancient Roman Birth of the Unconquered Sun festival (winter solstice).
This historical tidbit would cause some chagrin amongst contemporary religionists. Maybe we have come full-circle, from the excesses connected with pagan merrymaking, to the modern-day stress on material wealth and rather tawdry display.
Still, the sense of selflessness personified by the Nazarene manages to seep through the commercial gaudiness and tinsel. Despite our touted cosmopolitan sophistication, his birth claims popular commemoration.