The Great Deception– Christmas Lies, Pagan Roots: Holiday’s Ancient Rituals That Will Exceed $630 Billion in Sales…

The very foundation of Christmas is a lie, and the idea of a deity being born on December 25th is of ‘pagan’ origin… in fact, it’s the birth date of numerous pagan idols… hence, according to some scholars; Christmas is a ‘pagan’ holiday…

Christ was not born on, or near December 25, and none of the things, such as; Christmas trees, Yule logs, Christmas candles, bells, mistletoe, holly, wreaths, pig ham, tinsel, lights, balls, eggs, Santa Claus… have anything to do with Christ’s birth… all these things have a non-scriptural ‘pagan’ origin… rooted in ancient fertility rites, pagan symbols, sun worship from pagan past, and grafted into the Christian church during and after third and fourth centuries…

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According to Dr. Tim Williams; sadly Christmas has morphed into something that is quite a spectacle of binge buying and over indulgence of everything imaginable. How this most hallowed of holidays has become so misinterpreted, and so far removed from the real reason why Christmas is celebrated is to understand that society is more focused on consumerism than spiritual reverenced, e.g.;  according to ‘National Retail Federation’; Christmas consumer sales will top $630.7 billion this year, this is a 3.7% growth from last year’s total of $616.1 billion… Hence, to fully understand how many consumers interrupts this time of year we have to understand where and how Christmas evolved…

In the article Christmas: Origin, History, & Traditions by Fred Myers writes: For most people the word ‘holiday’ is applied to one celebration in particular Christmas! The definition of the word ‘holiday’ reveals a religious element of which many people are unaware. According to Webster’s dictionary; holiday is a religious festival and Christmas is a religious holiday… Despite all the commercial trappings of the modern Christmas, most Christians celebrate it as the birth of Jesus Christ and, at its heart, Christmas is a religious festival…

For Christians it’s a time when Christ is remembered and  honored; It’s a time for prayer, it’s a time for giving of gifts… and, for many it’s about time to put Christ back into Christmas… However according to some scholars, the problem is that Christ was never ‘in’ Christmas to begin with! While Scripture does not supply Christ’s birth date, most scholars agree that He was born in the fall, not December 25th…

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To discover the  actually ‘god’ that was being honored at Christmas, it’s necessary to trace its pagan origins… Many of today’s Christmas traditions can be traced directly from ancient Babylon and pagan RomeThe pagan Romans honored the ‘god’, Saturn, with a week-long festival in December called ‘Saturnalia’… Saturn was the Roman ‘god of time and harvest’, and it was usually depicted holding a scythe… it was the cruelest and most evil of all the pagan gods… in fact, the worship of the god Saturn was prevalent in the ancient world… And various ancient rituals honoring this ‘god’ have come down to modern-day as some of the most celebrated Christmas traditions the world over…

In the article Is Christmas Pagan? by Taylor Marshall writes: Don’t believe it, everything you’ve heard about the supposed ‘pagan’ origin of Christmas is false… Not only is it false, but it’s based on such poor scholarship that it ought to be embarrassing to anyone who embraces it… The idea that the celebration of Christmas originated from pagan origin comes from two 18th century scholars; the first was a German Protestant named, Paul Ernst Jablonski who first put forward the notion that the celebration of December 25th was one of many pagan influences of the Church of Rome (Catholicism) on Christianity. The second was Catholic Benedictine monk named, Dom Jean Hardouin who in response to Jablonski, tried to show that while the Church may have adopted a pagan celebration of December 25th, it did so without compromising the integrity of the gospel…

However both men were wrong: Jablonski erred in his theory that the pagan December 25 pre-dated Christian celebrations, and Hardouin erred in assuming Jablonski’s date assumption was correct in the first place… In addition, over the centuries, in the Western world, other traditions and customs associated with Christmas evolved most, of which,  were Protestant in origin, e.g.; the Christmas tree came from Germany, particularly from Protestant founder Martin Luther… 

Yule logs and mistletoe, likely come from northern European folk customs… and some may have very well been pagan in origin but they have since lost pagan meaning… hence, they have no significance in modern celebration of Christmas… Of course the legends of Santa Claus originated with the Saint Nicholas (St. Nick), who is the patron saint of sailors and children.

The story of his life has been embellished with legends and myths from all over the world, resulting in the modernized version of the Santa Claus, and much of that was commercialized in early 20th century… However, some people are hell-bent on finding paganism in Christmas, regardless if it’s true, or historically accurate…

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In the article What Makes Christmas Important? by David L. Brown writes: What makes Christmas important? Some mistakenly think that December 25th was the day Christ was born. The truth is that no one is exactly sure when Christ was born. The Bible is strangely silent on the issue! It’s curious to note that Eastern Orthodox Churches believe Christ was born on January 6th, and Armenian Churches celebrate Christ’s birth on January 19…

So; How did Christmas Get Started on December 25th? The Roman Emperor, Constantine declared December 25th as Christ’s birthday in the year 336A.D. Some suggest that this decision was based on political pressure from zealous in the Christian church, and other disagree… But, December 25th was a convenient date– it was already being observed as holiday,’Feast of Saturn’– two weeks of pagan festivities, including; feasting, drinking, abstention from work, special musical presentations, exchanging of gifts…

The name ‘Christmas’ come from the Latin ‘Christes Masse’ or Christ’s Mass. This grew out of the Roman Catholic feast day by that name in the years of 100AD’s. The name Christmas is not found in the Bible nor is it a prescribed scriptural holy day…

So; Why is Christmas important? Is it Santa Claus? This ‘Jolly Old Wit’ who never existed; some say it was named after St. Nicholas (St. Nick) who already had a special day, December 6th, which actually coincided with another ancient Roman holiday… at which time, gifts were also given… The belief that Santa Claus enters the house through the chimney evolved from an old Norse legend: The Norse believed that the pagan goddess ‘Hertha’ appeared in the fireplace and brought good luck to the home…

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As it came to past, it was not until relatively recently that the present day Santa Claus really evolved in its current form… In 1822 a minister named Clement C. Moore first described Santa complete with fur-trimmed suit and his reindeer powered sleigh, for his children in a poem called– ‘A Visit From St. Nicholas’… In 1823, at the bidding of friends, Moore published his poem calling it– ‘The Night Before Christmas’…There are many interesting traditions that surround the Christmas, but many people might say that this practice has gotten somewhat out of hand…

Hence one may ask; What makes Christmas special? Once you strip-off all the trappings–the day, the name, the Santa, the reindeer, the tree, the mistletoe, the Yule logs, the gifts… and all commercialization– what do you have left? Some may say; just one big headache!And they may be right, because when it comes right down to it, for many; December 25th, Christmas, is just an excuse to have– a party, get drunk, spend money (they don’t have or need elsewhere), overeat, take time-off from work

However for others, it’s a time of ‘Christmas Neurosis’– loneliness, fear, despondency, emotional stress… But for most, Christmas has become simply a day of tradition… According to Ernest W. Burgess; family is all about traditions, and it’s not just a family’s unique way of celebrating holiday, but it’s a way of creating cohesiveness…

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According to Wikipedia; tradition in family has multiple purposes, e.g.; it’s a tool for parents and elders to carry out the responsibility of raising children and inculcating into them social values and ethos… it’s a way to encourage warmth and closeness of family bonding, it’s a balancing force against entropy… An ‘entropic’ family is one that loses its sense of emotional closeness because members neglect the family’s inner life…

It’s easily arguable that an important function of traditions is making occasions memorable, to distinguish certain days or events so they last for years in the collective memories of participating family members… hence, providing a sense of continuity and belonging and, in the best sense, it’s an anchor for each other…

For some families this comes easily in the form of holidays, such as, Christmas… For others who are perhaps less conformist, this may be lesser-known holidays or even random days… Hence, the reason Christmas is important is that it’s the one special day in the year, when families celebrate together consistently, enthusiastically… The details of how, where it’s done are not as important, as the fact, it’s actually done… Christmas is family tradition– either as a religious belief, or not — but that what makes Christmas special and important…

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