Every Christmas tradition is pagan in origin

By Gerald McWilliams | 27 November 2019
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Christmas Tree: It is a 17th-century, pagan, German tradition, of bringing greenery into the home, as a symbol of the spring yet to come.

Yule Log & Mistletoe: The Celts and Gaels burned logs as a druidic solstice ceremony to cleanse the past year and welcome the new. And they gathered mistletoe for the festival of Alban Arthuan (or Yule) ~ First described in writing by Roman historian Pliny the Elder (Gaius Plinius Secundus AD 23 – August 25, AD 79).

Father Christmas or Santa Claus: He is a mashup of the tale of the Turkish Saint Nicholas and the German, Kris Kringle or the Dutch, Sinterklaas.

Midwinter festivals: “If you happen to live in a region in which midwinter brings striking darkness and cold and hunger, then the urge to have a celebration at the very heart of it to avoid going mad or falling into deep depression is very, very strong.” ~ Ronald Hutton, a historian at Bristol University.

Christmas Day: The Bible gives no reference to when Jesus was born. It was marked on at least three different dates: 29 March, 6 January, and sometime in June. It wasn’t until Pope Julius I, in 340 AD, who moved it to 25 December. This was conveniently used to convert pagans, since it coincided with two major pre-Christian festivals: Roman Bacchanalia, or Saturnalia, and various Yule celebrated by the Norse, Gaels, & Celts.

Stockings and Gift-Giving: A mashed up tradition of St. Nicholas tossing coins down the chimney of the needy families and of setting out shoes with hay in so Odin’s horse Sleipnir would leave them treats.

Caroling: It started in Victorian England, every holiday had door-to-door singing well-wishers.

Every, single, Christmas tradition was taken from a pagan tradition or religion. For fun, read about Isis & Horus; Devaki & Krishna; and Anahita & Mithra…all which predate Christianity, and detail immaculate births of a savior. And, 16th Century Protestants in England and New
England even forbade celebrating the holiday.

HAPPY FESTIVUS!

Links:

livescience.com/25779-christmas-traditions-history-paganism.html
mentalfloss.com/article/89707/origins-12-christmas-traditions
transceltic.com/pan-celtic/celtic-roots-of-christmas-traditions
independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/dark-side-christmas-saturnalia-christmas-carol-dickens-norse-mythology-festive-traditions-a8112341.html
listverse.com/2012/12/15/10-remarkable-origins-of-common-christmas-traditions/
humanjourney.us/sons-of-god-and-virgin-births/

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85 COMMENTS

  1. Please leave Christmas “alone “ Dec 25 has been celebrated for centuries as birth of Christ. If the true reason for the season is kept in mind, then it can remain one of the most sacred family celebration of the year. There can be no wrong in the celebration if one believes in Christianity

    • Dear Christian person please stop stealing our celebrations and fond your own dates, it’s a perfect sign on how fake Christianity is!!

    • Technically Jesus wasn’t even born on that date. Read the article. I’m not religious, stopped believing when I almost died from an anaphylactic shock, but Christmas is Pagan, so get over yourself.

  2. Please check your research. Some of your information is not correct. Christmas trees became a thing in the 16th century. Also Luther is credited with putting candles in them. The wreath, which meant different things to people in different times and places was adopted as a symbol of God’s love for humankind that that has no beginning or end.

  3. All very interesting, consider that our modern celebration of Christmas as a compromise that brought different groups of people and their different cultures closer together.
    We could go a long way to bring peace if we would celebrate our similar attributes and needs over our differences.
    I like my Christian Faith and see many similar points in many of the worlds belief systems, a world united can solve more issues than the divisions that exist today. Peace to you.

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