Ok! Go tell the billion people in Africa they should be dead for being born/birthing in huts... And what do you think the sailors did before GPS? Ummmm, that would be navigate by the stars.
I'm terribly sorry so many of you have had poor experiences with so called religious people...
But in general they are a good lot. Regardless of all the wars that have been waged throughout history (that have gotten us to where we are now) there is a lot to be thankful for when it comes to religious charity and morality. I wonder what the percentage of purely Atheist charity is compared to say... Christian Missionary work, Mormon service, etc...
I was baptized by my great grandfather as were all of his grandchildren and grt grandchildren born in his lifetime. He was a wonderful example of what he stood for and believed in - that regardless of how we worship, where we worship or what our religion or lack of religion we will be judged by our works and how we treat our fellow man
Sadly its often the so called 'Christians that do set the bad example that make the most noise with their rudeness and aggressive attitude who are the ones that are the most seen and heard
Christmas did just replace the old pagan festivals from that time of year that the people didn't want to give up. It fitted in very well. They celebrated the 'coming of the light' which was vital to their survival, a sign that there would once again be life in nature after the death of winter and Christ was seen as the Light who showed us there was life after death.
I don't think there is anywhere in the Bible that orders us to celebrate his birth which is why the Jehovah Witnesses don't celebrate Christmas - only Easter as it was the sacrifice that mattered.