Thanksgiving isn't even here yet, and America must endure the first volley in the annual faux War on Christmas. Every year around this time, Fox noise, conservative bloggers, face bookers and emailers invent a controversy that some evil egg nog hating force is out to ruin Christmas for God loving Americans. The early Grinch candidate this year is President Barack Obama and anyone who doesn't say "Merry Christmas" Of course...
Please explain to me when insanity and stupidity began to reign and common sense just flew out the window. Perhaps it flew on the sleigh with Santa and the flying elk. Christmas is a PAGAN holiday. I thought people had caught on to this by now. There is no liberal agenda to take Jesus out of Christmas, HE WAS NEVER THERE. How can one religion claim monopoly on a fake holiday, that is a pagan holiday to begin with?
Here are some of our "accepted" Christian customs that never raise an eyebrow but are based on Paganism:
Christmas customs are an evolution from times long before the Christian period
-- Their seasonal connections with the pagan feasts of the winter
solstice relate them to ancient times, when many of the earth's
inhabitant's were sun worshipers. As the pagans observed the sun
gradually moving south in the heavens and the days growing shorter, they
believed the sun was departing never to return. To encourage the sun's return
north the sun gods were worshipped with elaborate rituals and ceremonies,
including the building of great bonfires, decorating with great evergreen plants
such as holly, ivy, and mistletoe, and making representations of summer birds as
Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church. It was
not celebrated, commemorated, or observed, neither by the apostles nor in the
apostolic church -- not for at least the first 300 years of church history!
History reveals that about 440 A.D., the Church at Jerusalem commenced the
celebration of Christmas, following the lead of Roman Catholicism. It
was sufficient for the early Christians that Jesus, their Lord and Savior, had
been born. They praised God that Jesus Christ had, indeed, come in the flesh.
The day and the time of His birth had no relevance to them, because Jesus was no
longer physically on earth. JESUS WAS NOT THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.
Christ's Mass" shortened to "Christ-mas" -- The Roman Catholic
"Christ's Mass" is a special mass performed in celebration of Christ's birth. In
this mass, Jesus is considered both the priest and the victim, represented by
the Catholic priest who offers Him as a sacrifice each time the mass is
performed. In offering this "sacrifice," the priest believes he has the power to
change the bread and the wine of the Communion into Jesus' literal flesh and
blood, requiring the people to worship these elements as they do God Himself. (This is where Christmas came from, Roman Catholicism, just like our edited Bible).
What's wrong with Christmas trees? They aren't in the Bible, but they are pretty and we put a star on top to represent the star that guided the three wise men to the baby Jesus. Evergreen trees, because of their ability to remain green through-out the winter
season when most other forms of vegetation are dormant, have long symbolized
immortality, fertility, sexual potency, and reproduction, and were often brought
into homes and set up as idols.
The full mystical significance of the evergreen can only be understood when one
considers the profound reverence the ancient pagans had for all natural
phenomena -- "To them, Nature was everywhere alive. Every fountain had its
spirit, every mountain its deity, and every water, grove, and meadow, its
supernatural association. The whispering of the trees ... was the subtle speech
of the gods who dwelt within". Wiccans and Pagans still hold that belief and that's what people take in their house and decorate not fully understanding the significance. Pretty comical don't you think?
Let's not forget the wreaths, Christmas wreaths were most frequently round, which symbolized the sun. Hence, the round Xmas wreaths stand for an
eternal sun, a never-dying or self-renewing sun. Not Biblical...In addition, the round form can
also relate to the sign of the female, which stands for the regeneration of
life. Because of these pagan associations, the Christian church was initially
hostile towards the use of wreaths and other evergreen derivatives. But in the
same way it Christianized other pagan traditions, the church soon found a way to
confer its own symbolic meanings. For example, the sharp pointed leaves of the
"male" holly came to represent Christ's crown of thorns and the red berries His
blood, while the "female" ivy symbolized immortality. Such wreaths now not only adorn churches at Christmas time,
but are also appearing during the equally pagan Easter season.
The use of the mistletoe plant can
(which is poisonous to both man and animals)be traced back to the ancient Druids. (The Druids were pagan Celtic priests who
were considered magicians and wizards.)
Considered by the Druids to be a divine branch that had dropped from heaven and
grew upon a tree on earth. The mistletoe
symbolized the reconciliation between God and man. And since a kiss
is the well known symbol of reconciliation, that is how "kissing under the
mistletoe" became a custom. The mistletoe,
being a sacred plant and a symbol of fertility, was also believed to contain
certain magical powers, having been brought to earth from heaven by a mistle
thrush carrying it in its toes (hence the name). It was once known as the "plant
of peace," and in ancient Scandinavia, enemies were reconciled under it (yet
another reason why people came to "kiss under the mistletoe"). It was supposed
to bring "good luck" and fertility, and even to protect from witchcraft the
house in which it hung.
Santa Claus or "Father Christmas" is a corruption of the Dutch
"Sant Nikolaas." ("Saint Nicholas" was the 4th century Catholic bishop of Myra
in Asia Minor, who gave treats to children; he was canonized by the Roman
Catholic Church, "regarded as a special friend and protector of children." The
red suit comes from the fact that Catholic bishops and cardinals in Italy wear
red.) Santa Claus was also known as "Kriss Kringle," a corruption of the German
"Christ Kindl"-- Christ Child. Originally, the Santa Claus concept came from the pagan Egyptian god,
Bes, a rotund, gnome-like personage who was the patron of little children. Bes
was said to live at the North Pole, working year-round to produce toys for
children who had been good and obedient to their parents. In Dutch, he was
called "Sinter Klaas." Dutch settlers brought the custom to America. In Holland
and other European countries, the original Santa Claus was actually a grim
personage who traversed the countryside, determined to find out who really had
been "naughty or nice." Those who had been acting up were summarily switched.
The association of Santa Claus with snow, reindeer, and the North Pole suggests
Scandinavian or Norse traditions of the Yuletide season. (In Babylonia, also,
the stag [reindeer] was a symbol of the mighty one, Nimrod. The symbolism of
antlers worn on the head of a noble leader would demonstrate his prowess as a
hunter, and thereby, influence people to follow him.)
"Yule" is a Chaldean word meaning "infant." Long before the coming of
Christianity, the heathen Anglo-Saxons called the 25th of December "Yule day" --
in other words, "infant day" or "child's day" -- the day they celebrated the
birth of the false "messiah"! The night before "Yule day" was called "Mother
night." Today it is called "Christmas Eve." And it wasn't called "Mother night"
after Mary, the mother of our Lord -- "Mother night" was observed centuries
before Jesus was born. Uh oh... Semiramis (Nimrod's wife) was the
inspiration for "Mother night," and "Child's day" was the supposed birthday of
her son (Tammuz), the sun-god! That's not Jesus...
But what about the gift? Didn't the three wise men give Jesus gifts, isn't that why we give gifts, and by the transitive properties of 2,000 years, we in essence give Jesus gifts? The tradition of exchanging gifts has nothing to do with a reenactment of the
Magi giving gifts to Jesus, but has many superstitious, pagan origins instead.
Christmas is the time to get together with family and eat our ham, turkey, whatever, there is nothing wrong with that right? What's pagan about that? Hogs were slaughtered and the eating of the carcass was one of the central
festivities of the Saturnalia. Each man would offer a pig as a sacrifice because
superstition held that a boar had killed the sun deity Adonis. Hence, the
tradition of the Christmas ham on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
We hang stockings filled with candy or other crap on a fireplace why? Where did this tradition originate? According to tradition, a poor widower of Myra, Turkey, had three daughters, for
whom he could not provide a dowry. On Xmas-Eve, "Saint Nicholas" threw three
bags of gold down the chimney, thereby saving the daughters from having to enter
into prostitution. One bag rolled into a shoe, and the others fell into some
stockings that had been hung to dry by the fire. Hence, the beginning of the
tradition of the "Christmas stocking" or "boot."
No one knows what day Jesus Christ was born on. From the biblical description, most historians believe that his birth probably occurred in September, approximately six months after Passover. One thing they agree on is that it is very unlikely that Jesus was born in December, since the bible records shepherds tending their sheep in the fields on that night. This is quite unlikely to have happened during a cold Judean winter.
It's OK to celebrate Christmas, but let's be honest and educate ourselves about it's origins and what this holiday is. It's commercialized paganism with faux Christianity thrown in. You can yell "Merry Christmas", "Jesus is the Reason for the Season", sing only the christmas carols that aren't secular or any other cliche, but the truth is, Jesus was absent from the inception of this holiday and judging from the materialistic nonsense that goes on from November 1st- January 1st, he is still not there.
Christmas is older than Christianity, we were lied to so we could go shopping and buy b.s.we don't need and then Jesus was sort of wedged in there so we could feel a little less guilty about it our capitalistic excess.
So Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!