The Seventh-day Adventist Church does not follow the Christian, or church, year of festivals and fasts, and hence does not celebrate Christmas as an ecclesiastical festival. However, it is customary in some SDA congregations to have a special program or special music with a Nativity theme on the Sabbath that falls on or near December 25. SDA s have ignored Christmas as a church festival because of the absence of any divine command to observe the day. Furthermore, Christ’s birth date is unknown, and December 25 was chosen by the Roman churches late in the fourth century, to coincide with the “birthday of the sun,” the pagan solstice festival. On the other hand, SDA s have utilized the spirit of the Christmas season to direct people to the biblical teachings concerning Christ’s birth...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.