I have never received a clear and concise answer to this, so hopefully someone here will shed some light on this. As I understand it, Christmas is a celebration of Jesus' Birthday. However, New Year's is the first day of a new year, which is also the number of years since Jesus was born. Next year will be 2003, meaning that he was born 2003 years ago on that day. Why then are the two holidays on seperate days? If Christmas celebrates Jesus' birth and New Year's represents the number of years since his birth, shouldn't they be on the same dates?