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Nativity.jpg|100px|left]] The '''''[[ Nativity]] according to the flesh of our Lord, God and Saviour [[Jesus Christ]]''''' , also called '' 'Christmas''', is one of the [[Great Feasts]] of the [[Orthodox Church]], celebrated on [[ December 25]]. In the fullness of time, our Lord [[Jesus Christ]] was born to the Holy [[Theotokos]] and Virgin Mary, thus entering into the world as a man and revealing Himself to mankind.
According to the [[ Bible]] and to [[ Holy Tradition]] , Jesus was born in the city of Bethlehem in a cave, surrounded by farm animals and shepherds. The baby Jesus was born into a manger from the [[ Theotokos|Virgin Mary]] , assisted by her husband St. [[ Joseph the Betrothed|Joseph]]. St. Joseph and the Theotokos were forced to travel due to a Roman census; the odd location of the birth was the result of the refusal of a nearby inn to accommodate the expecting couple ([[ Gospel of Luke|Luke]] 2:1-20).
Though Jesus' birth is celebrated on December 25, most scholars agree that it is unlikely he was actually born on this date. The choice of December 25 for the Church's celebration of the Nativity is most likely to have been in order to squelch attendance at pagan solstice festivals falling on the same day.
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