What came first: Christmas or the Feast of the Annunciation?

What was first established? I read somewhere that the Feast of the Annunciation had a fixed date before Christmas (March 25) and that Christmas was later chosen to be celebrated nine months later (December 25), but from what I’ve read elsewhere, the first recorded Christmas celebration was in 336 and the first Feast of the Annunciation was celebrated sometime in the fourth or fifth century, so… :shrug: Does anybody know what came first?

It’s more complex than that.

I highly recommend reading a eBook from Dr. Taylor Marshall, which you can get from this blog post of his:


The eBook is only approx 50 pages and is a quick read.

God Bless

What an interesting read! Thank you very much for that.

FYI - there is going to be a webinar about this on Thursday, Dec 22nd


God Bless!

I will try to make it to that. Thank you for letting me know. :slight_smile:

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