December 25 Jewish-Style
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December 25 Jewish-Style

The Ancient Jewish Celebration Anticipating the Birth of Christ

About the Book

This book traces the roots of this festival to the Jewish Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah). The date of December 25 was borrowed from the Jews, not the pagans. Not only does Pastor Kayser show the Mosaic origins of this family celebration, and demonstrate from internal and external evidence that Jesus really was born on that date, but he also demonstrates how the celebration of this festival on December 25 precedes the pagan celebration of that date by at least one hundred years. 

This book outlines the theological basis for celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25 and gives ideas for celebrating Jewish-style.

About the Author

Phillip Kayser
Phillip Kayser

Phillip Kayser has degrees in education, theology, and philosophy. Ordained in 1987, he currently serves as Senior Pastor of Dominion Covenant Church, a Presbyterian (CPC) church in Omaha, Nebraska. He also serves as Professor of Ethics at Whitefield Theological Seminary and President of the Providential History Festival.

Pastor Kayser has spoken at over 50 conferences in the last 10+ years, such as the National Council of Family Integrated Churches conference and the Generations Shepherds Conference. He also helps churches and church plants with problem solving.

Most of his sermons are online, along with many other booklets, blog posts, and other valuable resources at

Table of Contents

    • Introduction
    • The Controversy over Christmas
      • History
      • The Regulative Principle of Worship
      • Satan the Great Imitator
      • Who Imitated Whom?
    • The Biblical Origins
      • The Feast of Hanukkah
      • The Date of Christ’s Birth – two possibilities
      • The Name Christmas?
      • Lunar Versus Solar Calendar?
    • But what about Liberty of Conscience?
      • Individual Liberty
      • Church Liberty
      • Does Church Liberty Conflict With Personal Liberty?
    • Where do we go from here?
  • Part 2: Suggestions for Celebrating
    • Introduction to part 2
    • Decorations: We Keep It Rustic
      • Decorations Related to Humility
      • Booth, Hut, or Stable
      • The Menorah and Other Candles
      • Tabernacle/Temple
      • Branches Everywhere
      • Fruit
      • Gift Giving
      • Miscellaneous creative decorations
    • Games
      • Dreidel
      • Rebellion
    • Some Sample Hanukkah Recipes
      • Roast Chicken
      • Sweet Challa Bread
      • Middle Eastern Flat Bread
      • Crock Pot Pumpkin Soup (Aka Korma Soup)
      • Mulled Wine
      • Apple and Orange Punch
      • Hanukkah Latkes (Potato Pancakes)
      • Hanukkah Loukoumades (Honey Puffs)
    • Readings & Celebration
      • General Instructions
      • Day 1 – The Bible is the Light
      • Day 2 - Jesus is the Light.
      • Day 3 – Believers are lights
      • Day 4 – The Spirit is the Light.
      • Day 5 – the Kingdom is the Light.
      • Day 6 – Guidance Is Our Light.
      • Day 7 – God’s Blessing on our Work is Light.
      • Day 8 – The Eternal Kingdom will be the Light.
    • About the Author
  • Notes

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