they are mostly the same pantheon. depends how much you like etruscan culture. romans had a more impersonal concept of their gods. the greek gods were like a squabbling shapeshifting reality tv show.
but jesus is considered a real historical personage in islam, of real importance in the history of abrahamic religions; muslims accept that he performed miracles. there is no moderate muslim who will be offended about someone celebrating the birth of jesus (the invention of the idea of the 'birth' of jesus as a child isn't actually much older than islam itself). this idea that islam somehow has a unique problem accepting the existence of the other two religions that grew from the same root is a little bit nonsensical. in any case, the idea of a festival on the winter solstice was kicking around in the middle-east for a long time before islam and christianity (cf. the sol invictus roman cult centred around a syrian sun deity, elagabalus). the idea of a christmas celebration is not exactly alien.
There's no war on Christmas but efforts to minimize the Christian aspect of it is misguided at best.
culturally, there's no quarrel that christmas is the christian's terrain. but it wasn't part of early christian religion and had little significance for the first 400 years of its theology. christmas was invented at about the time that the (supposed) person of jesus began to pass out of collective memory. and the church fathers had a ready local tradition to seize upon when shopping around for extant festivals/calendar dates. modern christmas is full of 'pagan' imagery in the sense of european-germanic imagery: trees, ruddy cheeked men with white beards, etc. but the actual pagan roots of christmas come from middle-east sun cults. no shit that the solstices and harvest periods were a big deal in the cradle of agricultural civilisation.
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