Tis the time for giving … spending… rushing.. stressing.. sneaking… hiding and worshiping, at least for some. I will personally no longer be participating in this holiday.
I would like to say that I have celebrated Christmas pretty much every year of my life until this one. I’d like to share with you my findings and those of my family, our convictions about those findings in hopes that maybe you too will come to your own conclusion (no matter what you believe or decide) rather than copying the masses.
This celebration is very popularly thought to be “Jesus’s birthday” and we are supposedly giving gifts to one another like the “wise men” did for baby “Jesus”.
Many people know or have heard that He was not really born in December, let alone on the 25th! It’s incredibly interesting to me, that still people continue to celebrate this pagan holiday and they don’t even really know why, they just do it because everyone else does it. Parroting along, “it’s our Savior’s birthday even if it’s not really his birthday! This is when we celebrate it. It doesn’t matter that we were never told to celebrate it and we have to have the tree because it’s SOOO pretty and I just LOVE all the little lights, OH! The gifts are because we need to give and be selfless. It’s tradition! It’s beautiful and fun, and you’re not telling me otherwise!”
Well, maybe you feel that way, too. Maybe you love Christmas, or maybe you know something is up and you’d love to see what else might be going on. Either way, read on about this holiday that everyone so desperately clings to.
Why Is There a Pine Tree (or any tree), why do we decorate it and why do we put presents under the tree?
This pagan tradition originated in Germany, but had been around for a long time as it is mentioned in the book of Jeremiah (10:3-5) that various pagans would take a tree and carve it into an idol of choice, nail it down wherever they liked (like today people secure their Christmas trees in the living room) so that it didn’t topple over, decorate it and place their offerings under it. The pine tree was selected specifically because it’s green would last until other trees were around again in the spring and it was considered something to give people hope. Aww how sweet…
Included in the above mentioned verses, the trees/idols would then be decorated with silver and gold (now people use tinsel), plus an array of other colors are available now in addition to ornaments and sweets.
There’s a video here that explains how these pagan traditions gained popularity even in the Christian community.
These traditions of idol worship have no doubt been passed down for generations and spread throughout different cultures/religions, we’ve simply just watered them down. Today you may not be carving the tree into an idol, but why is it still in your home placed so it can be the center of attention, decorated with gifts under it (as if in remembrance of when the offerings were given to the carved trees)? Unless of course you are a self-proclaimed pagan and enjoy the thought of disobeying the Almighty. Remember He told us NOT to do as the pagans do, DO NOT take the way they worship and try to worship Him that way! It’s an abomination, a disgusting act.
Where did mistletoe come in and why do people kiss under it?
I was raised as a Christian and my parents NEVER had mistletoe in the house because they thought it to be very inappropriate that whoever finds themselves under there ought to kiss. We were taught that kissing is a big deal and we should save our kisses for our future spouses (most of saved our kisses for the special people who we knew would later become our spouses). They also didn’t want to encourage any looseness among their friends and party guests.
For the less conservative the mistletoe is fun and a little exciting. The true origins of mistletoe are even worse than what you could probably imagine.
During a festival called Saturnalia (the week of lawlessness) the mistletoe was a sign of sexual license. Mistletoe was considered a sign of the week of lawlessness, when someone could rape.. cheat on their spouses.. and do all sorts of other despicable acts and not have consequences for it because the courts would be closed until the end of this fun old fashioned holiday had come to an end.
Mistletoe has a few more disturbing stories about warriors making peace whenever they came across the sap from mistletoe and other pagan beliefs because they saw it as a sign of fertility, peace and some even believed it to be the semen of the gods. Gross. I’ll include more on that in the resources.
What’s December 25th if it isn’t Jesus’ birthday?
He (ישוע= Yeshua, who most call “Jesus”) was born sometime roughly between September and October during the Festival of Sukkot (tabernacles/booths) when His mother and her fiancé (Joseph/Yoseph) made their way up to Jerusalem for Sukkot AS WELL as to be registered in the census by Caesar Augustus. Their final destination (Jerusalem) was about 5 miles farther, Bethlehem (the city of David, because Joseph was descendant from David) was just conveniently on the way.
December 25th is a very important date to many pagans for a lot of other reasons. There’s the week of lawlessness (Saturnalia) that was celebrated in Rome from 17th – 25th of December in honor of Saturn. It was a disgusting and perfect example of paganism.
The ancient Greek writer poet and historian Lucian (in his dialogue entitled Saturnalia) describes the festival’s observance in his time. In addition to human sacrifice, he mentions these customs: widespread intoxication; going from house to house while singing naked; rape and other sexual license; and consuming human-shaped biscuits (still produced in some English and most German bakeries during the Christmas season).
Despite being perfectly repulsive, Christians adopted the Saturnalia festival in hopes of converting roman pagans into roman Christians. It worked and the Christians promised the romans that they could continue to celebrate this festival but to make things seem a bit more “Christian” they agreed to label the last day of the festival (Dec. 25th) as the Savior’s birthday.
As if this all isn’t quite enough, this time in December is special to most pagans because of the Winter Solstice (the festival of lights, thus all the lights used during Christmas time) and was celebrated usually because the days would start to get longer, they of course thanked their lucky stars and god-planets for this occurrence.
There’s also the reincarnation of Nimrod as baby Tammuz the child-god and he was born on…. you guessed it! Christmas. In case you’d like to learn more about this I will include more in the resources at the end of this page.
Mithra the Persian hero and sun-god was ALSO born on Christmas (December 25th) and it was celebrated very commonly among the Romans. It was said that he was born to a virgin mother, in a cave on December 25th and he was full-grown. He was worshiped on Sundays the day of the conquering or Unconquerable sun.
Now, last but not least is our good Ol’ friend St. Nick. Did you know he was based on the Norse pagan god Odin and the Roman’s favorite Saturn because Christmas is the time of Saturn! Right? There’s a video here you can watch to learn more about Santa Claus’s origins and true meaning.
I hope you found this interesting and perhaps inspired to do some research of your own. There’s still plenty of other birthdays to celebrate on Christmas, in case you still plan on doing so… it’s just not His birthday. 😉
Have a blessed weekend!
Did you know this before now or are you surprised? Will you still be celebrating Christmas? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!
http://www.annomundi.com/bible/christmas.htm (more info on Nimrod)