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Dieties and Celebrities Born or Celebrated on December 25th

Updated on April 1, 2017
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Deities Born on Christmas Day

  1. Jesus: The Christian holiday of Christmas is celebrated on December 25 each year and is the official celebration of the birthday of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. However, He may actually have been born in March, according to some archaeologists and anthropologists. The church is said, by some authorities, to have placed the celebration of Christ's historic inception on December 25th in order to overshadow the festival of another divine birth in Rome, the leadership of which wanted to destroy Christ.
  2. Mithras: On December 25th, the old Roman feast day of Saturnalia was used to honor of the birth of the sun god, Mithras. In the book Mystery Religions in the Ancient World, its author, Professor Joscelyn Godwin describes an abundance of similarities between the births of Mithras and Christ. For example, both were born on December 25, visited by shepherds, held a Last Supper, and returned to Heaven. This similarity was taken by the church as a satanic mockery of Christ the Messiah.

Cab Calloway - Minnie The Moocher

Other Celebrities - Personal Favorites

The following individuals born on Christmas Day are not deities per se, although many have been named at the top of their professions and worshiped by fans. The following is not the total list of well known people born on December 25, but it contains may of my favorites. Add additional names in the Comments!

  • 1642 - Sir Isaac Newton - The Mathematician that realized the existence of gravity.
  • 1652 - Archibald Pitcairne - Scottish physician.
  • 1907 - Cab (Cabell) Calloway - Calloway was an innovative, dancing, scatting Zoot-Suited bandleader, singer, and motion picture star. In the 1990s, his grandsons formed the group Calloway. I have a copy of the first film Cab Calloway made and I watch it from time to time. It is called Minnie the Moocher, named after one of his trademark songs. With a good sense of humor, he appeared in the film The Blues Brothers with John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, and Ray Charles, and revisited his Big Band Days with the same number and white suit.
  • 1924 Rod Serling - Writer and creator of The Twilight Zone. This television show changed TV and science fiction history. It also featured dozens of future stars like William Shatner.
  • 1932 "Little Richard" Penniman -This entertaining rock and roll singer began performing before the Beatles were formed.

The First Twilight Zone Intro

Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum

Famous December 25th Births From 1757 - Present

  • 1757 - Benjamin Pierce - Governor of New Hampshire and father of US President Franklin Pierce.
  • 1865 - Evangeline Booth - 4th General of The Salvation Army
  • 1870 - Helena Rubinstein - Born in Poland, she became the American Cosmetics brand name and a master industrialist through the 1960s to her death. Her makeup has been sold everywhere and advertised in magazines and on television.
  • 1876 - Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The founder of Pakistan.
  • 1878 - Louis Chevrolet - This gentleman was born in Switzerland and became well known as a race car driver. A car company brand in America was named in his honor - Chevrolet.
  • 1887 - Conrad Hilton - Founder of Hilton Hotels.
  • 1893 - Robert Ripley - Published Ripley's Believe It or Not Books and newspaper comic page entries; founded a museum of oddities and a related television show.
  • 1899 - Humphrey Bogart - World famous actor.
  • 1821 - Clara Barton - Founder of the American Red Cross and a famous nurse.
  • 1908 - Quentin Crisp - Well known Brithish author.
  • 1918 - Anwar el-Sadat - President of Egypt.
  • 1919 - Paul David - A French Canadian physician and cardiologist, he started the Montreal Heart Institute.
  • 1925 - Carlos Castaneda - Well known writer of spiritual and mystic books.
  • 1937 - O'Kelly Isley - A famous part of the Isley Brothers singing group.
  • 1945 - Rick Berman A noted producer for the Star Trek franchise. (See the video clip below of 2009's Star Trek XI)
  • 1945 - Gary Sandy - Comedian and actor; i.e., WKRP In Cincinnati.
  • 1946 - Larry Csonka - Ohioan and American football star for the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants.
  • 1946 - Jimmy Buffett - songwriter/singer.
  • 1948 - Barbara Mandrell - Country singer with the Mandrell Sisters and solo.

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1950 and Sooner Birth Years

  • 1950 - Karl Rove - Former advisor to President George W. Bush.
  • 1952 - CCH Pounder - Actress. Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder starred in Bagdad Cafe with Whoppi Goldberg and was featured in Hill Street Blues, The West Wing, and many other productions. She also is a founder of Artists for a New South Africa.
  • 1954 - Annie Lennox - Scottish singer/songwriter and Academy Award Winner. Her "Into the West" from the film The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King won not only The Academy Award, but also the Golden Globe and the Grammy.
  • 1959 - Michael P. Anderson - American NASA astronaut. Sadly, he was lost when Space Shuttle Columbia disintigrated over Texas upon re-entry in early February 2003. The loss of him and the entire crew of the Columbia brought international attention to the need for effective methods of space shuttle repair during orbit. After his death, he was awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the Defense Distinguished Service Medal.
  • 1968 - Jim Dowd - American ice hockey player.
  • 1971 - Noel Hogan - Member of the Cranberries, an Irish musical group. Guitarist and song writer.
  • 1975 - Hideki Okajima -- Boston Red Sox left hander; appeared in the 2007 All Star Game.
  • 1988 - Sui the Dog, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Steve Irwin's best pet.

Jesus Christ Of Nazareth was probably born in either September or March. The debate is ongoing.

© 2008 Patty Inglish

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      kirsty 7 years ago

      My Birthday is on Christmas day :) But I dont like it that much because

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      Indeed a pleasure to have you comment, markcm07.

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      markcm07 8 years ago from Ohio

      Jesus, the PROPHET, was not born on December 25th, which I think has been shown before. I appreciate you pointing that out though in this hub. By the way, nice hub.

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      B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

      I am innocent of all charges! You read my Christmassy hub. I'm turning over a new leaf. Honest! Ooh, tomahawks? I think I can put those to good use!

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      Oh,no! it's too late to cancel that order for the present of matching Tomahawks I sent him...

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      rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

      Oh no! Please don't encourage him,Patty! He's already getting up to hijinx, again.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      Rochelle - What an interesting professor you had, with a direct link to Cab Calloway! I admire your experiences and your family name as well - Clara Barton was/is a gem.

      B.T. - Yes, I heard many tales of Runs With Scissors from my earlist childhood - especially when I used to stick my finger in the TV electic socket to see what it felt like and if it had changed any...

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      B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

      You may be correct, Patty. My tribal name was Runs With Scissors.

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      Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

      What an interesting bunch of people.

      My journalism prof used to be a pubicity guy for Cab Calloway in his younger days, and always had good things to say about him.

      I always liked Clara Barton, too-- partly because we shared the same family name.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      cimpu-smart --  Hub Pages is always open, like the Twilight Zone! :)  I will look forward to your new December 25th Hub. There are so many YOUNG celebrities born on Dec 25 and I don't recognize who they are from their names alone. I'm out of date.

      BT - There must be a jackalope somewhere on my Mohawk side, because those are really my favorites as well. Jackalopes were no doubt the friend and scout allies of the Mohawk Nation of old. 

      mulberry - thanks for visiting over here! I love your posts at tagfoot.com

      eovery - I think you you are correct and I like it a lot when Passover and the week preceding Easter coincide. Every 'Good Friday', which may not have been a Friday,  our church has a large service and celebration, prayer shawls are everywhere, lots of music, the Shofars are blown, and it feels like Israel and Jerusalem during a festival of faith.

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      eovery 8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Neat blog,

      I kind of agree with the March, April time frame. I think it could be narrowed down.  The Romans wanted to do a census and taxation.  This is usually done during the passover, where everyone went back to their city of birth.  Therefore I believe after studying it, this places his birth at the passover that year.  If I was an astronomy nut, I could come up with a closer time frame.  Also, Christ is the "lamb".  Lambs are usually born in the spring time. 

      Celebrating Christmas with Passover which is also the time  we celebrate Easter would mean we celebrate it only one time period.  The way we do now, we celebrate Him at two different times of the year, and get him into peoples lives more often.

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      mulberry 8 years ago

      Fun facts!

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      B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

      Patty, the hub, of course, is awesome! But the videos! You have selected one of my absolute favorite artists (Cab Calloway), and one of my all-time favorite shows (Twilight Zone)! Thank you for this one!

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      Tony 8 years ago from London UK

      Hi Patty:)

      there's something i really like when i view and listen to these old time videos!! and thanks for the link! ,,,my only plan i have for Christmas day is to completely update my December 25 Birthday hub. that's if hubpages is open Christmas:)

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      Patricia Sanders 8 years ago

      Cool hub!

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      Thanks for your entertaining remarks, Tony!

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      Tony 8 years ago

      Love the layout of the blog. This is a great idea. Of course the Deities only have official birthdays on the 25th, and it is probably that Jesus was born in 4BC too.

      What is it with people thousands of years ago - they didn't mark their calendars very well LOL :)

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      Yes, I've always been a fan of his writing and his shows. Thanks for commenting, Bellemerchant.

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      Bellemerchant 8 years ago from New York

      Hi,interesting hub, Rod Serling is my hero.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      VERY interesting comments from you all! Merry Christmas!

      Sally's Trove - I thought that might give people a laugh.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      December 25 was never an evil day per sae and cultures who are not Christian are not evil. I am a Christian myself, but I hate to condemn other cultures and people fail to realize how many Christian rituals are a combo of Biblical and pagan traditions. The trinity for instance is based on a worldwide tradition of worshipping gods in threes.

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      hubber-2009 8 years ago from India

      December 25th used to be the most black-magic, evil, and day of Hell but we celebrate Christ's mass on that day to cover it up. so now nobody knows about that witch-crafted holiday.

      Thanks Patty English, MS for posting this page for my Request..

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I love Christmas and celebrate it.  Back in 325 the Catholic Church made Christmas the official birthday of Jesus to overshadow the more significant pagan rituals that took place on that day, and to gain more converts to the Christian religion.  Actually through out the history of Christianity there is an interesting mix of Christian and pagan rituals in many Christian celebrations.  For example, the Christmas tree was a pagan ritual that was adopted by Christians.

      In countries such as Peru Catholics practice a form of Christianity that is a mix ancient pagan traditions and the Christian ones.  This does not mean that their traditions are not Christian, it just means things are more mixed than people believe in the first place.  In the Central and South America many people have hung on to their traditional belief systems and mixed these with Christianity.  Culture and society is an intermixing of faiths and belief systems, and this does not take away from my enjoyment of Christmas.  I find the history behind it quite interesting.

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      Sherri 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I had a huge guffaw at Karl Rove.  A Christmas baby.  What a hoot!  And what did he ever give us for Christmas? 

      Awesome Hub, Patty.  I read your Hubs often, but don't always comment.  This one tickled my fancy for sure.  Rove, being a Christmas baby, ought to know better and act accordingly. 

      Happy holidays to you.