I love telling people this and having them look at me like I am stupid even though the context is in the bible as well as in the story of Christmas itself. The holiday is meant as a means to celebrate Odin, the sun god. In the bible, he was known as a man named Nimrod. He married his mother and later died. He was reincarnated into a tree to which his wife chopped down, carried into her home, and adorned with gold and silver. His birthday was said to be on December 25th as well. Pretty interesting, right!?