The Bible is full of references to the birth of Christ centuries before he was born. Seeing that the Bible dates back more than 8 centuries before Christ it is simple to see that Christmas was celebrated in advance of His coming. Isaiah, who wrote of Christ nearly 800 years before the Nativity, penned words in scripture that almost any fan of Christmas will recognize: “…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace…” Isaiah 9:6
Complicating the argument amongst historians and scriptorians is the fact that many pagan traditions are mixed with religious traditions in the celebration of Christmas. Long before Christ pagans engaged in a number of winter festivities celebrating the Winter Solstice. Their use of evergreens and traditions of merry making were “adopted” by early Christian leaders who attempted to teach the divinity of Christ by making these ancient traditions “fit” with the story of Jesus.
The bigger question doesn’t lie in the fact that pagan societies celebrated anything. The big question is why? What gave them the idea in the first place? That too is ultimately answered by scripture.