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.




Reprinted with permission from the author.

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  1. The article contradicts the title. Santa Claus is shown to be of Christian origin as well as carols. And who exactly were the 17th century pagan Germans bringing in trees? By the 17th century Germany was quite Christian. There is more historical inaccuracy, but the main condemnation of pagan origin would not be much of one to the ancients who saw no problem with commonalities of tradition and gods. Perhaps the monotheistic obsession with religious purity should be thus condemned.

    • A generalized definition:
      If you don’t believe in heaven and hell, and you do not spend your time worrying about what happens after you take your last breath, you’re probably a Pagan. We are all born as Atheists, but most are brainwashed that we are sinners and that God will burn us in Hades as punishment!

  2. Belief in some kind of god is pagan. Not just celebrating the birth of some kind of messiah. People are afraid of dying. Losing friends and family. Religious beliefs allow them a false comfort. They will all meet again in some kind of heaven


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