No, because he was the object of Christmas celebration, as exemplified by the angels (Luke 2: 13-14) and the shepherds (Luke 2: 20).
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2: 13-14)
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. (Luke 2: 20)
Angels are God messengers, they convey divine message from God. The angels set an example of celebrating Christmas for human. Then, their example of celebrating Jesus birth, Christmas, was a divine message from God. Consequently, following their example, i.e. celebrating Christmas, follows God’s instruction.
At the time that the angel announced His birth to the shepherds of Bethlehem, they were feeding their flocks by night in the open fields [see Luke 2:8]. It was not the custom for the shepherds of Judea to watch their flocks in the open fields later than about the end of October.
Torah requires its adherents to sacrifice animal every day, morning and twilight.
Now this is what you shall offer on the altar: two one year old lambs each day, continuously. The one lamb you shall offer in the morning and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight; (Exodus 29:38-39)
This verses created a real need of two lambs (young sheep) in Jerusalem every day in any weather, including December weather. However, citizens were prohibited from raising sheep inside Jerusalem.
One may not raise small cattle [i.e., sheep, goats, etc.] in the Land of Israel, but one may do so in Syria or in the uninhabited parts of the Land of Israel (Mishna Baba Kama 7)1
The sheep farming, which are located close to the highway to Jerusalem, on Bethlehem pasture, supplied and met the daily need.
The ritual of animal sacrifice needed sheep every day in any season, weather, temperature, and month; and the sheep farming on Bethlehem pasture was always there to meet the need. Here is a reason for the presence of shepherds and their sheep on Bethlehem fields in December.
The shepherds of Judea watched their flocks in the open fields in any month, including December, to meet the need of daily sacrificial lambs in Jerusalem, near the pasture.
Luke has shepherds at the manger, no Wise men present.
Matthew has no shepherds, and has wise men visiting a house in Bethlehem. The wise men go in the House to give their gifts to Jesus. There is no stable or manger. Should we go by Matt.,which was written earlier than Luke? Both can’t be true.
The truth is….
Both are true because both happened in different times.
The shepherds came to newborn Jesus in the same days when Jesus born.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2: 11)
This verse implies that human Jesus was still newborn when the shepherds came to him.
The wise men came to child Jesus several weeks or months later. Time range of their arrival was between 2 weeks to 12 months after delivery.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child (παιδιον ‘paidion’) with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2: 11)
παιδίον ‘paidion’1 refers to young child or infant, but not newborn (βρέφος ‘brefos’)2
From their information, we know that Mary family did not dwell in the cave forever. Instead, they moved to a normal house once the opportunity came to them. Matthew and Luke provide different information, which are complementary to each other.
The wise men came to Jesus in 2 weeks up to 12 months after the shepherd.
Matthew 2: 11 does not contradict Luke 2: 11.
Disinformation technique: ignoring time setting of the Christmas story.
Luke 1:23 => Zachariah departed to his home in Hebron immediately after his task had completed. His desire of having son drove him to immediately go home and meet his wife. By implication, he did not spend the night in Jerusalem.
December 25th on which Jesus born is also written in old writings from 1-3 AD centuries, hundreds years before Nicene council I (325 AD)
What aboutBethlehem climatein December? Did it allowshepherdsandsheepsinthe Bethlehem pasture by night?
Yes.Bethlehemhas been geographically locatedat31°42‘ 11” North Latitude and35°11‘ 44” EastLongitudeandat an altitude of775asl. ThegeographicalpositionindicatesthatBethlehemis locatedinthe Sub–Tropical ZoneorWarm-temperature Zone withaverage temperatureranges between6°C – 14° C(December 2014).