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The Mystery Of The Pagan Origin Of Christmas: Jesus Was Not Born On December 25th But A Whole Bunch Of Pagan Gods Were

The Pagan Origins Of Christmas December 25thWhy is Christmas celebrated on December 25th?  Most people assume that it has always been a Christian holiday and that it is a celebration of the birth of Jesus.  But it turns out that Jesus was not born on December 25th.  However, a whole bunch of pagan gods were born on that day.  In fact, pagans celebrated a festival involving a heroic supernatural figure that visits an evergreen tree and leaves gifts on December 25th long before Jesus was ever born.  From its early Babylonian roots, the celebration of the birth or “rebirth” of the sun god on December 25th came to be celebrated under various names all over the ancient world.  You see, the winter solstice occurs a few days before December 25th each year. The winter solstice is the day of the year when daylight is the shortest. In ancient times, December 25th was the day each year when the day started to become noticeably longer.  Thus it was fitting for the early pagans to designate December 25th as the date of the birth or the “rebirth” of the sun.

The truth is that thousands of years before there was a “Santa Claus”, there was another supernatural figure who would supposedly visit a tree and leave gifts every December 25th.

His name was Nimrod.

The celebration of December 25th goes all the way back to ancient Babylon.

According to ancient Babylonian tradition, Semiramis (who eventually became known as the goddess Astarte/Asherah/Ashtoreth/Isis/Ishtar/Easter in other pagan religions) claimed that after the untimely death of her son/husband Nimrod (yes she was married to her own son), a full grown evergreen tree sprang up overnight from a dead tree stump. Semiramis claimed that Nimrod would visit that evergreen tree and leave gifts each year on the anniversary of his birth, which just happened to be on December 25th.

This is the true origin of the Christmas tree.

On Bibletools.org, Mike Ford describes this ancient pagan tradition about Nimrod this way….

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After Nimrod’s death (c. 2167 BC), Semiramis promoted the belief that he was a god. She claimed that she saw a full-grown evergreen tree spring out of the roots of a dead tree stump, symbolizing the springing forth of new life for Nimrod. On the anniversary of his birth, she said, Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts under it.

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On that same site, John Plunkett described the ancient pagan myth regarding December 25th in this manner….

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From many ancient writings, considerable is learned of this man, who started the great organized worldly apostasy from God that has dominated this world until now. Nimrod was so evil, it is said he married his own mother, whose name was Semiramis. After Nimrod’s untimely death, his so-called mother-wife, Semiramis, propagated the evil doctrine of the survival of Nimrod as a spirit being. She claimed a full-grown evergreen tree sprang overnight from a dead tree stump, which symbolized the springing forth unto new life of the dead Nimrod. On each anniversary of his birth, she claimed, Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts upon it. December 25th was the birthday of Nimrod. This is the real origin of the Christmas tree.

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From this original fable peddled by Semiramis (the “Queen of Heaven”) came the tradition for pagans to go out to the holy “groves” and leave gifts for Nimrod (who later came to be worshipped as “Baal”) at an evergreen tree.

Does that sound like a “Christian” holiday to you?

In fact, in his classic work “The Two Babylons”, Alexander Hislop describes the Babylonian origins of Christmas on page 93….

“Long before the fourth century, and long before the Christian era itself, a festival was celebrated among the heathen, at that precise time of the year, in honor of the birth of the son of the Babylonian queen of heaven. It may fairly be presumed that, in order to conciliate the heathen, and to swell the number of the nominal adherents of Christianity, the Roman Church, giving it only the name of Christ adopted the same festival. This tendency on the part of Christians to meet Paganism halfway was very early developed; and we find Tertullian, even in his day, about the year 230, bitterly lamenting the inconsistency of the disciples of Christ in this respect, and contrasting it with the strict fidelity of the Pagans to their own superstition.”

In fact, the name “Yule” is the Babylonian word for “infant” or “little child” as Hislop describes on pages 93 and 94 of his book….

“That Christmas was originally a Pagan festival is beyond all doubt. The time of the year, and the ceremonies, with which it is still celebrated, prove its origin. In Egypt, the son of Isis, the Egyptian title for the queen of heaven, was born at this very time, ‘about the time of the winter solstice.’ The very name by which Christmas is popularly known among us — Yule-day — proves at once its pagan and Babylonian origin. ‘Yule’ is the Chaldee name for an ‘infant’ or ‘little child'; and as the 25th of December was called by our Pagan Anglo-Saxon ancestors, ‘Yule-day,’ or the ‘Child’s-day,’ and the night that preceded it, ‘Mother-night,’ long before they came in contact with Christianity, that sufficiently proves its real character. Far and wide, in the realms of Paganism, was this birthday observed.”

So when you offer “yuletide” greetings, you are actually acknowledging Nimrod’s birthday.

The truth is that the pagan holiday of “Yule” has been celebrated by the pagans of northern Europe from late December through early January for centuries and centuries. Yule logs were traditionally lit throughout northern Europe to honor the pagan god Thor. The festival would continue until the Yule log burned out – which could take up to twelve days. This is where we get the so-called “12 days of Christmas”.

In fact, Wiccans, neo-pagans and even many witches still celebrate Yule to this day. Many of them think it is incredibly funny when Christians use the pagan word Yule. Yule is one of the most important holidays for them.  The following excerpt was taken from a website on witchcraft:

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Birthday of the Twins:

Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) holy day. Birthday of the Twins, Heru Sa Aset and Bast, children of Aset [Isis]. Origin of Yule and Christmas. On Winter Solstice Asar [Osiris] dies. Aset [Isis] with the magick help of Nebt Het [Nephthys] creates a Djed Pillar [artificial penis] for Her husband and impregnates Herself. For three full days (December 22-24) Asar lies dead and the Twins grow in Aset’s belly. On this day (December 25th) the Twins are born, the reincarnation or resurrection of Their Father. The green tree is a symbol of the green-skinned Asar, God of fertility and vegetation. The colored lights are symbols of Aset, Goddess of magick and divine light. Red, green, and white are the traditional candle colors of Bast (this was Her birthday alone for several thousand years of early Kemetic history), later being adapted to red for Aset (the color of the Mother’s menstrual flow), green for Asar (the color of vegetation), and white for the Twins (the color of pure light).

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So where did Christmas come from?

Well, the truth is that the word “Christmas” is not actually found anywhere in the entire Bible.

In fact, the word “Christmas” was not even invented until about a thousand years after Jesus left this earth.

The Catholic Encyclopedia even admits this….

“The word for Christmas in late Old English is Cristes Maesse, the Mass of Christ, first found in 1038.”

But Jesus was not even born on December 25th.

The reality is that it would have simply been far too cold for shepherds to be out with their sheep at night in Israel on December 25th.

The vast majority of Christian scholars now acknowledge this.

So when was Jesus actually born?

Based on the information we have in the Scriptures, it appears that it is most likely that Jesus was born in the fall.  In particular, it seems most likely that Jesus was actually born during the Feast of Tabernacles as the video posted below demonstrates….

So how did December 25th come to be celebrated by Christians?

Well, by the time the Roman Empire legalized Christianity in the 4th century, most of the other religions in the empire were celebrating the birth of their gods on December 25th.

Leading up to December 25th in ancient Rome, a festival known as Saturnalia was one of the biggest celebrations of the year.  Saturnalia was a festival during which the Romans commemorated the dedication of the temple of their god Saturn. This holiday began on the 17th of December and it would last for an entire week until the 23rd of December.

Saturnalia was typically characterized by gift-giving, feasting, singing and lots and lots of debauchery.  The priests of Saturn would carry wreaths of evergreen boughs in procession throughout the pagan Roman temples.

Later on, the Romans also started holding a festival on December 25th called Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, which means “the birthday of the unconquered sun.”  Basically it was a way for the empire to consolidate all of the December 25th “sun god” birthdays throughout the empire into one holiday.

In the year 350 A.D., Pope Julius I declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on December 25th from then on. There appears to be little doubt that Pope Julius was trying to make it as painless as possible for pagan Romans to convert to Catholicism.

However, the new holiday did not really take off with Christians at first.  The widespread celebration of December 25th by Christians did not really get going until 378.  It was apparently then dropped in 381 and then resurrected in 400.

But the truth is that December 25th was celebrated as the birthday of scores of pagan gods long before it was ever associated with Jesus.

As we discussed earlier, the celebration of December 25th goes all the way back to Nimrod (who eventually came to be worshipped as Baal).

Baal worship spread throughout the known world and provided the basis for all other pagan religions.  The following are just some of the pagan gods that had “birthdays” on December 25th….

Mithras

Horus

Attis

Dionysus the son of Zeus

Tammuz

Hercules

Perseus

Helios

Bacchus

Apollo

Jupiter

Sol Invictus – (The “Unconquered Sun”)

When the Roman Catholics decided to make December 25th a “Christian holiday” in the fourth century, they simply adopted a long standing pagan holiday and kept most of the same pagan traditions.

For example, the ancient Babylonian “Christmas tree” became known as a symbol of fertility throughout the ancient world.  The pole, balls, and tinsel (phallus, testes, semen) represented various aspects of male fertility, while wreaths were always fashioned in a circle to represent female fertility.

In “The Two Babylons”, Hislop describes some of the ancient traditions surrounding the Christmas tree on page 97….

“The Christmas tree, now so common among us, was equally common in Pagan Rome and Pagan Egypt. In Egypt that tree was the palm-tree; in Rome it was the fir; the palm tree denoting the Pagan messiah, as Baal-Tamar, the fir referring to him as Baal-Berith. The mother of Adonis, the sun-god and great mediatorial divinity, was mystically said to have been changed into a tree, and when in that state to have brought forth her divine son. If the mother was a tree, the son must have been recognized as the ‘Man the branch.’ And this entirely accounts for the putting of the Yule Log into the fire on Christmas Eve, and the appearance of the Christmas tree the next morning.”

That sure puts a different spin on Christmas traditions, now doesn’t it?

Most Christians don’t even realize that God warned us about such things in the Bible.

In Jeremiah 10:1-4, God warns us against putting up these decorated trees like the pagans were doing….

Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel. This is what the LORD says: “Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.”

The Puritans understood this.  It comes as a surprise to most Americans to learn that the Puritans once banned Christmas trees in many areas of the United States because they were considered so pagan.

According to ancient Babylonian tradition, the springtime fertility festival of Ishtar (Easter) was a time when the “Queen of Heaven” was believed to become impregnated.  Nine months later the sun god would be “born” or “reborn”.

To the ancient Babylonians, these holiday trees came to be worshipped as the “Queen of Heaven”, and gifts were brought to the “groves” of trees that had been grown in her honor and placed beneath them as offerings.

The Babylonians also used wreaths to represent the nativity of the sun, since they were objects that depicted the “womb” of the Earth mother.

Early Christians completely rejected these traditions.  In the 3rd century, Tertullian wrote the following about these pagan celebrations….

“On your day of gladness, we [Christians] neither cover our doorposts with wreaths, nor intrude upon the day with lamps.  At the call of public festivity, you consider it a proper thing to decorate your house like some new brothel.  We are accused of a lower sacrilege because
we do not celebrate along with you the holidays …”

The truth is that the celebration of December 25th and most of the accompanying traditions have always been pagan.

But many Christians will protest and say that it is okay for them to celebrate December 25th because to them it is all about Jesus.

That was the same excuse that Aaron used when he and most of the rest of the people of Israel worshipped the golden calf while Moses was up on the mountain getting the Law of God.  Aaron actually said that the worship of the golden calf was being done to the Lord as we read in  Exodus 32:5….

When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the LORD.”

But we know how that turned out.

God was not pleased.

At all.

In fact, He was furious.

In the same way, God is not pleased when we celebrate pagan holidays and keep traditions that have been pagan for thousands of years.

For even more on the pagan origins of Christmas, check out the following YouTube video….

About the author: Michael T. Snyder is a former attorney who now publishes Mysteries Of The World.  His new thriller entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on Amazon.com.

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  • zer0

    Interesting .. the hole “queen of heaven thing” they call marry that no?

  • Captain America

    Most of this is well known amongst most educated Christians. It’s a pagan holiday that became mixed with Christianity as a compromise way back during the early Roman church. Despite this the Bible says in Colossians to let know man judge you in respect of a holiday.

  • Marb

    My guess is that you were clued into your theories and learned about Hislop through Ralph Woodrow’s book “Babylon Mystery Religion” did you know he had it taken out of print when a fellow protestant pointed out to him all the errors and lies that could be proven wrong in Hislop’s book? I’m guessing the answer to that would be a not.

    You do realize that the Wise men where Pagan’s right? God lead them to Christ.

    You do realize that the Egyptian Isis and Osiris were around way before Nimrod?

    Do you know the verse were Paul tells the men of Greece that their alter to an unknown god is really THE God?

    It’s interesting that you correctly call all Christian’s Catholic before there was a Catholic Church, Catholic means Universal. One Body of Christ.

    This same information could be found in Chick tracts of the 1970s and is just as illogical and historically inaccurate now as it was then.

    I would encourage you too stop your search for the Devil and focus on Christ.

  • Admin

    Marb:

    #1) No, this post has nothing to do with “Babylon Mystery Religion”.

    #2) It is not clear in the Scriptures what the “wise men” were or were not.

    #3) You are flat wrong about Nimrod. Nimrod lived very shortly after Noah’s flood. He greatly predates Isis and Osiris. This just shows how little you know about what you are talking about.

    #4) The article does not refer to all early Christians as “Catholic”. Read it again.

    #5) No, the vast majority of this information cannot be found in Chick tracts. Chick tracts do not ever discourage the celebration of Christmas. Once again you are DEAD wrong.

    Is there anything in your comment that you were right about?

  • j1sh

    Like any culture, the people tried to incorporate the faith into what the population was already accostomed to.
    This made it more understandable and easier to assimilate.

    of course, Jesus was not born on dec 25th, the current calendar was not even being used then, Duh!
    the Christmas tree was adopted by Christians to celebrate His birth. Because someone referred to a fir tree in some legend, doesn’t make it the source of every reference or use of a fir tree in every culture.

    the rest of the article is like two magnets. Bring to words, events, customs or practices together close enough, and they must “stick” to each other.

    Is the author’s intent to demean Christianity or weaken’s someone’s faith? What other purpose serves to throw a lot of information into one article and stir it around until it purports to make some pseudo-sense…?

  • Johnny Beemish

    Don’t you mean Nimrod, Marb?

  • santaistherealjesus

    I would like to take Marb’s last comment and focus on that: “I would encourage you too stop your search for the Devil and focus on Christ.”

    Marb, while it’s clear you don’t really read all that much, I would encourage you to stop your search for inaccurate conclusions and focus on a grammar textbook.

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  • http://www.BeEoTcH.com BeEoTcH

    The point is, it is all Bull! Have a nice day. :)

  • http://www.ryandillman.com Ryan

    Heh. Somehow I doubt they’ll ever do a special about the “real” Christmas story. Well, maybe a documentary.

  • http://www.shredderfood.com ShredderFeeder

    Ok –

    December 21st was the original pagan holiday, being the date of the winter solstice, when the sun starts it’s return and the days start to get longer.

    The x-tians moved Christmas to December because the only way they were going to convert the pagans was to use deception and to lure them with stories of how similar the beliefs really were. (once they converted, all that changed)

    It’s why the “son of god” was born on the day that the “son of the goddess” was born and the day that the “Sun” was reborn.

    It’s all cleverness and lies, expertly delivered as only the Christian church can.

  • A Christian

    My answer to you, j1sh, is that the author is not trying to demean Christianity or to weaken anyone’s faith. His intent was to point out that most people who call themselves Christians involve themselves with pagan rituals, which, as the author pointed out, is unacceptable as per the Exodus 32:5 account, as well as a host of other examples throughout the Bible.

    And no, as was explained, it is not acceptable to “clean up” pagan holidays to get pagans into the church. God warns the Israelites elsewhere to be careful when entering into the promised land not to inquire as to how the people who dwelled there before them worshipped their gods. There are examples of people trying to incorporate pagan traditions into worship of the true God, and these are always rebuked. Similarly, christmas involves several practices which are unacceptable to God, and, knowing these things, it is clear that if you believe what the Bible says then you should not celebrate christmas.

  • Rick

    Interesting analysis, but it doesn’t go far enough. The truth is that the WHOLE Christian story is simply a variation of paganism imposed on a Jewish foundation. To point out that the date of Jesus’ birth and the celebrations around that have a pagan origin is to tell only one part of the story. The very idea that God would impregnate a virgin who then gives birth to a God-man hybrid who “saves” the world is completely repugnant to the monotheism taught by the Hebrew prophets and was a misguided early Christian attempt to combine their Jewish heritage with pagan beliefs. Christianity from start to finish is nothing more than paganism with a veneer of certain key Jewish concepts. Jesus, as a good Jew, must be spinning in his grave every time some misguided Christian purports to worship him as God. It’s one of the great tragedies of history.

  • Chris

    For a more scientific, historical, accurate and archaeological reason go here: http://www.bib-arch.org/e-features/christmas.asp

  • me

    Summary of article, all religious people are stupid, and their stupidity has been passed down to them through the centuries by people they now claim are evil.

    c’mon, evolve folks, fairy tails are so dark ages.

  • Lex

    Performing basic research will show Christmas as having pagan origins. Its unfortunate that even today there are so many blinded Ba’al Worshipers.

  • http://www.photonothing.com/birds/birds.html kroon78

    This article is informative, but I still don’t see the point in disproving a belief. To me its no different than explaining to a kid how Santa Claus is not real and here is why…

  • http://www.bib-arch.org/e-features/christmas.asp brooke

    I agree Captain America the Old Covenant was for the Jews solely and now with the Wew covenant we are all redeemed. I think that Christmas is the perfect example of Christ’s love and redemption metaphorically projecting redeemed gentiles with hearts for the One True God.

  • Zarimus

    Does it matter? What the date represents for other peoples, cultures and religions is irrelevant. There are lots of other people with my birth date, but when I have a birthday celebration nobody points out who else has the same birthday and hints we’re really honoring them.

    It matters far more what your intent is for celebrating. Focus on that.

  • does it matter

    Do any of you actually believe that any person who puts up a tree, a wreath or any number of decorations on the 25th of December is actually doing it because it has anything to do with Jesus? We all know that Christ was not born on that day. Christmas has not been about Christ in a long time, and to an actual believer, it doesn’t matter. So what if 1700 years ago Pope Julius I was attempting to make it easier for pagans to convert. Every day is a day to worship God. One day is not more important than another. Just ask yourself a question, is there anything I could say to persuade you non-believers to rethink your position on Christ? Conversely, is there anything I could say to persuade you believers? We are already set in our beliefs. If you choose not to believe, or if you choose to believe, nothing will make you change that belief except yourself. Christianity has nothing to do with trees or ornaments or wreaths or December 25th. Any associations to them are as stated, by pagan references, but the associations are to things that don’t have anything to do with Christianity in the first place, so who cares. Christianity is the conclusion of Judaism, which is obvious if you read the old testament. If you read the new testament, you see that we have new freedom which supercedes that of the old testament, so some conclusions drawn from verses in Exodus are ridiculous… ( think Abrahamic covenant vs Mosaic covenant if you really want to look things up ). Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all. You’ll find what you are searching for eventually.

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  • Xmas kid

    Well, it does sound better now to have a birthday on the 25th given the elevated company, but still sucks not to get gets two days a year….

    Was it wrong to reprogram Billy Bass to sing twelve days of Christmas if I was given him as a gift?

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  • JoeSierra

    I will never be able to look at a decorated Christmas tree again and not think of the meaning of the tree trunk, round ornaments and
    tinsel!

  • A Christian

    “some conclusions drawn from verses in Exodus are ridiculous”

    Umm…. So what about the verses that say “thou shall not murder”? Or, even more relevant, “you shall have no other gods before Me”? It clearly states Romans that “whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” Therefore, what were we supposed to learn from God telling his chosen nation not to follow after the pagan practices of other peoples?

  • TCE

    #1 The “wise men” that were led by the star were astrologers and not wise men. #2 God did not lead them there with the star, the astrologers were supposed to report back to Herod where the boy was, HMMMM who would benefit from Jesus being killed? Maybe Satan you idiots. It was God who warned the astrologers to NOT go back to Herod, which pi$$ed Herod off. Go READ your bible and think a bit. I swear people have gotten stupider as time goes on…..

  • TCE

    Sorry for the generalization of the word idiot. Most of what I was saying is directed @Marb.

  • TCE

    @MARB

    “You do realize that the Egyptian Isis and Osiris were around way before Nimrod?”

    Nimrod was around way before the Egyptians since the tower of Babel (that he was building) was where God confused the languages, hmm the egytians spoke, uh, Egyptian.

    “Do you know the verse were Paul tells the men of Greece that their alter to an unknown god is really THE God?”

    Wrong, Paul was just trying to get common ground with people to introduce them to the correct way of worshiping the True God.

  • Bauctrian

    If you are a christian and don’t know this already you are an ignorant fool and should go join some other religion.

    Early Christians incorporated pagan beliefs so they could attract more members…period. Catholicism has taken this to an extreme, incorporating saints (many of which directly relate to old gods). Essentially if you pray to a pre 1000 AD saint (most of them) you are praying to old gods…pagan.

  • Andre

    Marb, you are 100% WRONG. 90% of the things in Bible that you “believe” is WRONG! Do you even know who wrote any religious book? Yep, and ordinary person just like you or me. Then the information was further changed hundreds of times through history.

    Look at poor nations who have no access to knowledge. You’ll see them packed like tuna in a can… all praying to the same thing, all doing the same thing, and all living the same lifestyle.

    Thing is they don’t even question an alternative lifestyle or their actions. They just follow. Like you Marb. They don’t know why. They just do it because they were told too when they were born.

    See when you’re told something from birth onto your childhood — you’ll carry that belief and attitude for your whole life. And you’ll never question where the person who told you that belief go that belief from.

    Fact is they got it the exact same way. From their parents. And they too didn’t question. And so it goes back to a society that follows the “unknown”.

  • diame

    bravo to you for having the courage to publish this. it is always interesting to me how uncomfortable christians are when faced with the reality that their beloved christmas is actually demonic to the core. i know from first hand. it happened to me too. i did not want to give up christmas either. it was such a magical time of the year. but the more you read and study the bible and history, the more you will be completely disgusted by then entire holiday. this article is very tasteful. it only lightly touches on the origins of the pagan holiday. if you actually knew what they did during christmas and easter (and still do) it would make it very hard for you to celebrate during those holidays. as jews we do know the time of jesus (yeshua) birth. he is right on saying that it falls at the beginning of tabernacles. it is so sad for me to see the majority of the church celebrating during these satanic holidays and saying that they are doing it unto jesus (yeshua,) when he has clearly given us specific times (feasts) to do this. if only the church could learn that their brothers and sisters from the early church (before denominations and yes there was a church way before catholicism) actually were killed and willingly gave their lives for celebrating the sabbath and for not converting to these pagan holidays instead of the feast days that yahweh had already ordained. now here we are as the world of the decendents of the ones who wouldnt stand up for what was right. here we continue to sin as we do what the pagans do and say it is unto god (yahweh.) i am praying for you all for insight and revelation. shalom peace to you all. remember we should not fight over these things. look to the father and to his son, yeshua. dont fight with your brothers and sisters. it grieves the holy spirit. happy holidays.

  • http://www.jutawanbuatduit.com tahr_bss

    People only find a reasons to celebrate or hold on something. Most of us doesn’t care why and what are actually we do. It applied on all even to what is the religion we trust. What we think is doesn’t mean it same what our God think isn’t it? We always be a God slave. No point if we are created without any purpose only to fulfill our greedy and our stomach.

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  • Anon

    @Zarimus : It does matter, I don’t think you read the whole article. Go back, read it again and pay particular attention to where the author references the Bible (Jeremiah 10:1-4 and Exodus 32:5). You just can’t have it both ways.

  • student of histiry

    If one does not know and understand where one’s traditions come from, then what is the purpose in repeating them?

    Even wreaths have a great story behind them. Originally, circles of branches were hung on the inside of the door, to dry, so that they could later be lit on on fire and rolled down hills on the solstice to summon back the sun in a form of representative magic.

    Every culture in the northern hemisphere ritualizes some form of ‘Light from Darkness’ celebration in late December. Enjoy them more knowing how the old ways became our modern ways, not less.

  • Ben Pine

    Forget about truth, real religion is about metaphor and celebration. Mysteries of a holy person who died to renew us go back to the dawn of history. We celebrate his (mythical) sacrifice at the bleakest time of the year in mid-winter. We have faith that spring will come again, and praise God/the universe that there is hope in life. Don’t take things too seriously but look for the mystery at the heart of our commercial/misrepresented/stolen festival! Love and hugs over Christmas, spend time with family and friends, think about stuff.

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  • jared

    I don’t care what anyone says. I still believe in santa.

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  • Mike

    The article is only partially true. The birthdate of Jesus is not definitively known by anyone. The first speculations of his birth came about in the second century AD and estimates placed it all over the year. By the 4th century AD, the church firmly decided that his birthdate was the 25th of December. Here is the issue: the early church endlessly tried to differentiate itself from the local pagan traditions. It was not until the middle ages taht the church began adopting pagan traditions. The more likely reason that the 25th of December is the date of Jesus’s birth is because, at the time, it was firmly believed that Jesus was crucified on the 25th of March. He was crucified the same day he was conceived. This was a common attempt to link birth and death. Therefore, Jesus would be born exactly 9 months later on December 25. It may be a coincidence that the date is linked to that of pagan tradition. )PS I am not a christian. I am not defending the date.)

  • Joshua

    Actually, that term “lord” from Exodus 32:5 is referring to the Calf, not God. Aaron was asked by the people to make new gods for them after Moses left for Mt. Sinai to retrieve the Ten Commandments so they would have new gods to worship. Exodus 32:1 – When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”.

  • Roy

    A Greek philosopher and opponent of Christianity named Celsus was particularly convinced that Christians were insane. The Incarnation, among other things, seemed to him completely irrational. “What could be the purpose of such a visit to earth by God? To find out what is taking place among humans? Does He not know everything? Or is it perhaps that He knows, but is incapable of doing anything about evil unless He does it in person?”(3)

    Though buried under insult and ignorance, Celsus had his finger on the very quality of Christianity that makes Christians as curious as the philosophy they profess: Our God came in person. God had to come near, as Celsus claims; though not because He couldn’t speak to us otherwise, nor because He was incapable of touching the world from where He stands. As a Father who longs to gather his children together, God came near because each child matters. God came near—God came in person—because one lost, or one hurting, or one in need was one God would lay down his life to reach.

    Christmas is about remembering the one who came in person. It is this God who came near and reordered the world, calling us to see life and each other in startling new ways. It is this God who stepped into a soiled stable to show us our soiled hearts, who touched the unclean and claimed the untouched. Our morality, our countenance, our very lives are wrought by his coming among us. In each forgotten victim and broken soul we see God’s face because God indeed first saw us.

    (3) As quoted by Origen in the apology Against Celsus.

  • Joshua

    As far as what is being said concerning “Christmas trees,” the passage you are referring to has alot more to it than your excerpt, and it is taken out of context. Jeremiah is referring to idols being made out of wood – a very common practice in ancient times.

    It can be argued that the Christmas tree is an acknowledgment of Nimrod and the gifts being left to it are in honor of him, however, the tree itself is not worshipped, making this passage not applicable to your argument. In the end though, I dare admit that the leaving of gifts under an evergreen tree is a form of Nimrod (and hence Ba’al) worship.

    This is what the LORD says: “Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. 3 For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. 4 They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. 5 Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.” 6 No one is like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. 7 Who should not revere you, O King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you. 8 They are all senseless and foolish; they are taught by worthless wooden idols. 9 Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish and gold from Uphaz. What the craftsman and goldsmith have made is then dressed in blue and purple– all made by skilled workers. 10 But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath.

  • http://unexplainedmysteriesoftheworld.com/archives/the-mystery-of-the-pagan-origin-of-christmas-jesus-was-not-born-on-december-25th-but-a-whole-bunch-of-pagan-gods-were Logan

    Does it matter?
    Try to put personal, sentimental feelings aside and think about these words Jesus spoke;
     “Nevertheless, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the true worshipers will worship the Father with spirit and truth, for, indeed, the Father is looking for suchlike ones to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit, and those worshiping him must worship with spirit and truth”
    (John 4:23-24)
    Truth; the Father wants people who have not only intellectual honesty, but who also care about spiritual TRUTH.
    Kudos to the authors of this article.
    peace

    a friend

  • Bob Christmas

    Why celebrate Christmas in America?

    Regardless of what day He was actually born:

    No Christ, no eternal salvation and no Universal Christian Church headed by Peter the Vicar of Christ
    No Universal Christian Church left to human beings who made serious mistakes, no desire for reformation and “religious freedom”.
    No desire for “religious freedom”, no pilgrims
    No pilgrims, no New World Colonists
    No New World Colonists, no American revolution
    No American Revolution, No Bill of Rights
    No Bill of Rights, no freedom of religious expression in America
    No right of religious expression, no ability to write an article debunking the truth and need to celebrate Christmas.

  • Luke

    It is interesting to see how the celebration of Christmas, as it is generally celebrated today in America at least, can (from the Christian’s perspective) be construed one of two ways: (1) as the Christian, with veiled eyes, commemorating pagan ritual, even unwittingly worshiping the pagan gods; or (2) as the Christian celebrating the 25th of December with traditions that have always been regarded, by himself or herself, as earnestly Christian in intent and in spirit.

    I am of the latter camp, and will venture to expand (2): Even when the Christian gains knowledge of the origins of familiar Christmas traditions (i.e. as derivatives of diverse pagan traditions and rituals), he or she need not feel condemned or misled; on the contrary, I would argue the pagans’ celebrations of their gods unwittingly but inevitably point toward the one true God. As someone above commented, Paul in his speech to the Greeks of Athens mentioned the monument “to the unknown god” (a monument he saw on the way to the Areopagus, where his speech took place) as a starting point for presenting the gospel of Truth. (“‘What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you…'”; see Acts 17:22-31.) In the same way, pagans of all sorts (as we have seen above) recognize a need to acknowledge and commemorate themes of nature that evidence God’s reality (e.g. of life, of rebirth, of renewal, the great mystery of the distinction of masculinity and femininity from one another, etc.), albeit toward the worship of false deities, often by the deification of some of those beautiful objects of nature through which The Deity evidences himself (e.g. trees). An earnest means to a dubious end, if you will.

    I’ve written quite a bit now, but let me make a closing remark, beginning with a piece of Scripture:

    Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.  By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,  and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. (1 John 4:1-3, English Standard Version)

    Who knows, perhaps God has allowed these originally pagan traditions to endure to His greater purposes. From my own experiences, anyway, these traditions made Christmas especially “magical” during the naivete of youth, and did so in a manner that actually reinforced and continues to reinforce that which my family and I celebrated: indeed, a “spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.”

    It is my prayer for you, the reader, that our Lord’s reality is known to you and His appearance in the flesh on this earth, rejoiced over–during the time around the 25th of December and every other day of the year as well!

  • Tomm

    @ Captain America: Colosians was speaking of not requiring adherence to the Mosaic Law since Christians were no longer under it.

    @ Marb: The “wise men” were led to King Herod, not Jesus. King Herod wanted to kill Jesus, would God have led them to someone that wanted to kill Jesus? They didd’t find Jesus till much later. That is why Herod had all males 2 yrs and under killed.

    @Rick: Don’t be so general, not all religions that follow Christ participate in this and other pagan customs

    @ does it matter: Why do we have the Bible if it doesn’t matter whether we follow it?

  • earthling

    im sure glad christ was invented when he was. dunno what i would do without my freedoms.

  • David Bragg

    I have not taken the time to read this yet, I do however believe that it will be an excellent resource for me when I do. My family celebrates Christmas as an observance of the birth of Christ but know it is probably no where near the actually date. We understand the amalgamation of the birthdays you discussed, and are willing to accept the necessity of this in earlier periods. We do not celebrate Christmas in the traditional fashion, We have a birthday party for Jesus. Our gift exchanges are done in early december to de-emphasize the relationship of the two days, also there are no Santa images or observances unless they are negative to point out the distraction from Jesus he represents. Especially his Omniscient ability to see you when your sleeping, etc. Trees are also banished because of thier druidic roots and the fate most early Christians suffered at their hands. For these positions my syblings and their children laugh at and mock us. Thank You for your information it will be helpful in reinforcing my 11 year olds understanding of why we don’t do as the other errant sheepole do.

  • A Christian

    To Joshua:

    In reference to your post on Exodus 32:5, the word used for “Lord” there IS in fact Yahweh according to Strong’s:

    http://www.studylight.org/desk/?l=en&query=Exodus+32%3A5&section=0&translation=str&oq=exodus%252032%3A5&new=1&sr=1&nb=ex&ng=32&ncc=32

    Furthermore, when the calf is made, Aaron tells the people that the idol IS God, the one which led them out of Egypt.

  • Joshua

    @ Logan

    Thank you.

  • andy

    @Bob Christmas

    That is a very skewed and very wrong thought process. If you believe that than you must also believe that without any previous action those actions would not be plausible so saying that without Christ that would not happen is just a very misled argument. There is no way that string of arguments is valid at all.

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  • does it matter

    @Tomm “Why do we have the Bible if it doesn’t matter whether we follow it?”

    I wasn’t knocking Exodus. My point was that the author drew conclusions out of a passage in Exodus that are irrelevant. Another poster showed that they were taken out of context. The truth is that not every verse is supposed to be taken literally anyway. Jesus himself used hyperbole. We have to understand the authors intent.

    My main point is that we are set in our beliefs… us, and them. The only thing that I am grateful for this story is that maybe some people on the fence will make decisions or choose to investigate further.

    Shalom.

  • Mary Tunstall

    I don’t think God is going to send all of you to hell for celebratong Christmas or putting up a Christmas tree. What you put up was back then and what is happening is in the now today. God knows our hearts, minds, souls and the very essence of our beings. And in the bible he says if you will seek him he will show you the secrets that he has to show you. I do believe seeking him is the answer in all things not worrying about trees and past customs. He knows our nation is feeling hopeless and downtrodden with dispair in so many places. He is a loving God vengence is not what he has shown me but love, kindness, and compassion when I have needed it most. Diagnosed with MS and other chromosome abnormalilities and having a husband in prison who has had half his brain removed and is more chromosome abnormal than me I have learned God gives us choices. The choice is to reach for him or not it is up to you!

  • Hannah

    @Luke

    You are sounding like you believe that many ways lead to the One True God. Remember Yeshua said, 6 יהושע said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

    He is the Word, He pre-existed the world, and as such demands that His followers do NOT learn the ways of the heathen or of the nations.

    His people were instructed to NOT worship God as the peoples around them did. I think this applies today just as much as it did then.

  • Bo

    If we want to be with Jesus Christ, all truths must be done by His followers. I think it is clear that all the traditions that has no relation whatsoever in the kingdom of God must be denounced nor practiced. Truth and error must never come hand in hand and will never be to a faithful believer.

  • http://www.twelvedays.com Jonathon Wolfe

    I found this article very interesting, and it agrees with a lot of the research my family and I have done in the past year on the folklore & history of the Twelve Days of Christmas. We wanted to know if there was more to the Twelve Days than the famous Christmas carol, and we had no idea how much more there was to know!

    It’s true that pagan winter solstice celebrations had a profound influence on the Church’s decision on when to fix the dates of Christmas and Epiphany — the period of December 26-January 6 coincides with the beginning and end of Saturnalia, yuletide, etc. This 12-day period is the Twelve Days of Christmas, and this was for many people in past centuries the real heart of the Christmas celebration — instead of one day, it was a season of feasting & gift-giving, with many elements of past pagan celebrations included. It is ALL connected and cross-pollinated. Santa was influenced by Odin, who was influenced by Jupiter, etc…

    Our family is not religious, but we enjoy Christmas, and also the practice of giving gifts on the Twelve Days. To us, it’s fun, and also a way to remember the complex roots of the Christmas tradition. We are trying to popularize this concept and spread the word about the origins of Christmas and the Twelve Days, through our website, http://www.twelvedays.com. There’s a lot of info on this subject in the booklet that’s included in our 12 Days gift box sets, and in the coming days I’m planning to upload all of that information to our site.

  • Luke

    @Hannah, etc.

    I agree with you completely that Jesus Christ is the one true God, and I do not make light of John 14:6; yes, His Way–His teaching, His appearance on earth as God in the flesh, His blameless, sinless life, His fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies, His crucifixion, His resurrection, and His gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit–is the only way for salvation. (And by “salvation” I mean restored relationship with God, pardon from our inevitably sinful nature in order to be seen as good in the eyes of God, and, of course, admission to Heaven to be in God’s presence for eternity.) I am sorry to have sounded like I believe otherwise from my past note. Let me try to clarify.

    I do not understand my practicing those Christmas traditions that include a lighted and decorated fir tree, ornaments, decorations of boughs and holly, and a wreath on the door to be my learning of the ways of the heathen. I understand my practicing these traditions to be participation in American and Western culture–I see it to be part of our culture much more than those originating cultures, in light of the significant cultural remove–but even more, participation in family traditions that are centered around a celebration of Christ’s birth and, more generally, the miracle of His incarnation and all that encompasses (especially, and ultimately, the miracle of Christ’s intercession for man by bearing the burden of all sins for all of mankind for all time).

    Learning about the pagan origins of the Christmas traditions I have always practiced, and their original pagan symbology, does not render my practice of them pagan. The traditions I practice are symbols of MY reasons for practicing them. This, of course, does not make all things right; my reasons for traditions such as these are made right by being symbols of Christ to me, signs pointing toward God, encouraging me to give glory where glory is due: to God.

    I said that even the pagans of old touched on themes (life, rebirth, renewal, etc.) that are ultimately of God. I believe that even the most pagan of pagans can evidence God’s reality, reaching out toward something beyond themselves, which is appropriate since God wants us to reach out in order to know Him: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). They reach out BUT they miss the mark; they take the familiar actions of asking and seeking and knocking, but are not addressing that which they ask to the right One, not seeking in the right direction, not knocking on the right door. What I have meant here is what some call “common grace,” the evidence of God’s goodness and glory that reaches all men, even those men who will in the end be damned. It is indeed an important distinction: evidencing God’s reality (even His existence as Jesus Christ) without recognizing it as God; versus acknowledging God’s reality as Jesus Christ.

    I am encouraged and moved by your exhortation and concern for me to “preach Christ crucified” and nothing other than that, and, again, am sorry to have distressed you (and any other reader too) with any ambiguous prose! May those who seek, seek the right thing, and find the right One. God bless you.

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  • http://theolivetreehealth.com Cynthia Busse

    Wow! That’s a lot to ponder. But it seems very clear in the bible where God stands on this. For those who are ignorant, perhaps there is no consequence, but we have now been made aware and therefore cannot claim ignorance. I see no choice but to be held accountable now. I just really did not know God condemned it and did not view it fully as the compromise with paganism that it really is. God does want us to be separate from the world. I really thought it was okay to celebrate Santa and the christmas tree if you maintained what Christmas is really about. To please God, we must do everything with complete faith. If a christian has any doubts about celebrating christmas in the usual fashion, then it is wrong for them.

  • Truth Be Told

    Excellent Post!

    Most people who read this will simply choose to deny the fact that the very first commandment is to “Honor NO OTHER Gods” than the true God, Jehovah, Yahweh etc…

    By celebrating Christmas and Easter, people are actually doing something that God hates, which is giving “honor” to false pagan Gods through the promotion of traditions and ceremony that have their origins rooted in paganism. And not to mention Christmas is BASED ON A LIE people. Who is the “Father of the Lie”? Why would God want you to celebrate a holiday that is not only based on a lie, but actually started in worship to a false God? The only thing that has changed is the name. From Nimrod to Jesus. I bet God just loves that…Hypocrites!

  • Fanie Olivier

    Excellent article with content that mirror what other likewise writers say regarding the deception of christmas. Can anyone still have a clear conscience to “celebrate” Des 25 after reading all these articles , including this one , that confirms the Pagan origin of it all ? We don`t celebrate our OWN little Des 25 celebration , because we choose to , NO , we celebrate because we have been indoctrinated as small children to believe and practice christmas. Nobody came from another planet where christmas is celebrated , and brought it with them to planet earth , No No No , we were all indoctrinated into this practice. What a shame , yet the evil one still try to convince Christians to go along with this practice as if nothing is wrong with it. Fortunately , not all Christians fall for these lies forever. May Yahweh the God Almighty help us all to get to know the TRUTH about all the deceptions in this evil world , including those from the Catholics , who created the christmas idea according to this and many other similar articles.

  • http://www.myspace.com/therealshawnshawn ShawNshawN

    This is a classic theme in all successful religions – they all consume what was before and claim it as theirs. This allows the new religion to assume supremacy before all that was before. If you notice also, all through Europe there are statues in Catholic churches for the Black Madonna and child. In actuality, these were Venus in the Roman gods, which the Christians could not dispell people from worshipping, so hence the mother and child in Christianity as well. In Islam, Mohammed had first considered Jerusalem as the center of his new religion, but could not convert the Jews, so gave up and made Mecca the center. As you know they have a Kabbah built around a meteorite that fell from the Cosmos literally. Originally, there was a pagan (pre-Islamic religion) surrounding the stone, that Mohammed simply incorporated into Islam.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/CoverunnerRadio Noel Diotte

    The story of Jesus’ birth is a good account from Matthew’s gospel. Mary and perhaps Joseph gave some accounts in Bethlehem. We always see greeting cards with a pregnant mother on a donkey and the husband, alone. When at tax time, most of their produce is converted to money to bring to the Romans. Nobody traveled alone unless they were stupid because of robbers on the road. They probably had a huge contingent of family and neighbors. Therefore, there might have been lots of eyewitnesses at that birth.

    Keep in mind that when the Wise Men showed up at Mary, Joseph and Jesus were might back at home in Nazareth, not still in the manger like in greeting cards, two years after his birth. The family split to Egypt to hide from Herod, who killed all the males of two years old…Herod was trying to hedge against Jesus not to survive as the King of the Jews, according to the scriptures of Isaiah for his scholars, Herod took it personally, because it was his name as ruler, The King of the Jews.

    I don’t do much for Christmas at all, other than to have dinner and give some music and dinner with my family….I’ve got pretty good to ignore the holiday, I’m always glad to get past the holidays. Getting much better to do nothing. Forth of July’s myth is just as troubling for me. I’m an iconoclast. I’m not very much fun at holidays.

  • Dr Tim

    Hi

    You are right about the date of Jesus’ birth. You are also right about the Catholics co-opting a pagan holiday.

    Nonetheless, despite the foibles of my forbears, I believe.

    Thank you for the informative missive.

    Dr. T

    And have a happy holiday – whichever way you choose to go.

  • http://www.huntingtonexaminer.com Mark Shoffner

    Two points. 1)For the article. Doiong calculations using the Jewish calender, Julian calender (used by the Roman world at the time of Christ) and the Gregorian (our present calender, as well as time lines in the Bible and the works of Josephus, it looks as is Jesus was born at the end of March by our current calender.
    2) The 12 days of Christmas reply. The 12 days of Christmas doesn’t refer to 12 days leading up to the holiday, but the 12 following the holiday. The 12 ends at the celebration of the Epiphany.

  • Alex_the Pagan

    Good Folks; Happy holidays to you. You do realize that there is nothing in Christianity that does not have its origin in previous religions of the “superstitious” local folks? It isn’t just Christ Mass that has its origin in previous Pagan beliefs. There is nothing that you have not lifted from us!

  • Niclas Eriksson

    I appreciate that people celebrate the transition from dark to light, whatever their denominations. Still, no one can claim the exclusive rights to the celebration of light. It is an ancient knowledge that no religion can lay claims to. Living in the north, I don´t need anybody to tell me to celebrate when the day turns longer…
    Love you all! God Jul!

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