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Why was the 25th Kislev chosen? 

If it wasn't the news of Antiochus's death or the anniversary of the profanation what was the reason? Possibilities are:

The 25th was Antiochus's birthday,  (II Maccabees 6:7).

It was the date of the forced monthly offering that had to be made on the desecrated altar.

Does the date of Christmas give any clue?

Many authorities say that the annual  celebration of Christmas in December began at Rome in the 4th century CE to draw Christians away from the pagan solstice feast of Natalis Solis lnvicti, (the Mithraic festival of the birth of the sun).

But, in or shortly before 386 CE, St. John Chrysostom described the first official celebration at Antioch, so the date may have come from a Syrian festival.

Like the Jews, the Syrians followed a lunar calendar, so the same Syrian festival may have resulted in the 25th of December being the date for Christmas and the 25th of each month for the offering that the Jews were forced to make to Antiochus.

Goldstein had  another idea - Unsurprisingly, not everyone agreed with him

These theories all overlook 2 things:

1. The biblical precedents for lighting sacrificial fires.

2. The 'signs' that appeared in the heavens.