the winter solstice in Egypt was not only widely recognized
but also viewed as the birthday of the new sun, which in turn
was 'Horus the Child' or Harpocrates, the very popular
god during the Greco-Roman period whose birth was well
Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection, by D.M.
Murdock and Acharya S., p.95
the winter solstice the sun would seem to be a little child, like
that which the Egyptians bring forth from a shrine on an
appointed day, since the day is then at its shortest and
the god is accordingly shown as a tiny infant"
- Saturnalia, 1:18,19; Percival Vaughan
Davis, ed. Macrobius:
the Saturnalia (New York, 1969): 129, cited in TALLEY, Origins, 107 note 37.