The History and Origin of Christmas

Before Christmas was ever known as Christmas it was known as the celebration of the winter solstice.  The origin of the winter solstice dates all the way back to the pre-Christian era or B.C.  It was primarily celebrated in two different parts of the world, Scandinavia and Rome.  In Rome the celebration of the winter solstice took place during the month of December.  It was believed that the pagan god Mythra (god of the sun) was born on December 25th.  During the one month celebration the courts in Rome were closed, and as a result any form of crime was allowed.  Homosexuality, cross dressing, and drunken orgies were among many of the horrible deeds done, in which even the children of Rome were allowed to freely participate.  Around 270 A.D. the Roman Emperor Orelian made the celebration of the winter solstice an official pagan celebration.  Then it began one of its many merges when the day of Saturnalia, one of the highlights of the celebration, was extended from one day to one week, December 17th – 23rd.

Saturnalia was the celebration of the god of Saturn or the god of excess.  This was a time to eat, drink, and be merry.  Slaves would change places with their masters and it would be one week of excessive, lewd, and inhumane activities.  And the highlight of it all was a massive week long uncontrollable letting go of the flesh.  Saturnalia was known as the orgy to end all orgies.  When Rome invaded Britain they brought it over there and adopted a new nickname for it, “The Festival of Fools”, which was fitting.

After the Catholic Church of Rome was established in the fourth century, outlawing pagan practices was out of the question.  So Pope Gregory the first ordered Augustus of Canterbury to incorporate any and all pagan practices into Christianity.  The birth date of the pagan god Mythra was exchanged for the birth date of Jesus Christ.  And the winter solstice, saturnalia, and the festival of fools, had all been combined to form Christ Mass, which was how it was known then.  They were making an attempt to win over the pagans by merging both religions in this fashion.

Since the church of Rome had officially sanctioned Christ Mass, it took off and went wild.  Now people were having open sex in the streets, committing murder, homosexuality, pagan and druidic rituals on a much larger scale.  It had gotten so out of hand in 1652 when King Charles the 1st was killed.  Christ Mass was outlawed; however the momentum of it was so great that it just went underground while the public demand for it swelled.  Revival movement was sweeping across Britain, believed to have been led by Oliver Crumwell preaching a message that Christianity should remain separate from paganism.  But the public wanted the ungodly celebration of Christ Mass so badly that in 1656, just four years later, when King Charles the 2nd was appointed.  He restored England’s monarchy and reinstituted the celebration of Christ Mass.  It continued in England and surrounding countries unabated, but those seeking to not be tainted with the ungodly festivities of Christ Mass, along with many other things which were allowed in England, fled to the new world, America…

When the settlers came to America and the colonies were set up, Christ Mass was outlawed and by this time more had begun to pronounce it Christmas.  It was indeed illegal to celebrate it, but as sin often does creep, many brought their practices with them.  As it did from 1652-1656, it went underground again.  The Christmas celebrations of drinking and violence among other things slowly grew and by 1828 large cities such as New York had to institute a police force for the first time in order to control the savagery.  Christmas was still outlawed in many states at this time, but as it did in England, the demand for it grew greater and greater.  People wanted to indulge themselves.  This was a time when people were extremely sensitive to the viewpoint that churches had on things.  How the churches viewed things had a great effect on what went on and what did not, and it was the last line of defense standing between it being illegal or legal in America.

Quote by Cotton Mather

Can you in your conscience

Think that your Holy Savior

Is honored by hard drinking,

Lewd reveling, and by a Mass

Fit for none but Bacchus or Saturn?

There was, however, a crack in the seams.  The American Sunday School Society was one of the first problems on a large religious scale.  They began to institute Christmas programs to try and fill the church pews.  Where they argued to the churches and others opposed that they can use Christmas as an opportunity to teach the nativity story.  Thus so many today use the nativity scene as opposed to Santa Claus.  But as the scripture says “a little leaven, leaveneth the whole lump.”

Then a man from England named Charles Dickens wrote a book in 1843 titled “A Christmas Carol”.  This is when the whole house of cards came crashing down for the fight against Christianity.  He depicted the image of a man named Mr. Scrooge who hated Christmas and had an employee whom he paid next to nothing.  This employee had a son who was crippled and his poor employee couldn’t even afford to purchase necessities for his crippled son, while his boss was filthy rich, and didn’t have the decency to help his faithful, honest, and hardworking employee for Christmas.

His trademark phrase when someone would say to him “Merry Christmas” was “bah, humbug”.  It made anyone who was opposed to Christmas seem like the insensitive stingy Mr. Scrooge.  If Charles Dickens had not sufficiently crushed all the outspoken opponents of Christmas who could make a significant different in England…

He traveled to America in 1867, packing out theaters promoting his book, and telling every listening ear all across the country the story of “A Christmas Carol”.  He got standing ovations, cheering audiences, and jerked tears out of the eyes of the audiences.  His stories hid all the origins of Christmas, its horrible and sin filled history.  His book hid all the drinking, violence, the fact that Christmas had been outlawed twice in two different countries.  All the practices of saturnalia, and the winter solstice were left out, and gave Christmas a happy, pleasant and family view.  And with enough Americans sufficiently softened to Christmas they voted on it in 1890, and won making Christmas an official legal holiday.

The Pagan Reality of Christmas

In this section it will be clearly seen that Christmas is no more than a pagan celebration.  Many will, even after reading this, discard many of the facts that are placed herein.  So I want to make it clear these are not my personal opinions here enclosed, but the facts that have looked them up cross referenced them.

The Christmas Tree

One of the most, if not the most, popular aspects of Christmas is the Christmas tree, but just as the origin of Christmas is pagan, so is the origin of the Christmas tree.  This particular tree is different from many others trees in a very distinct way.  It is an evergreen tree and worshipped among the pagans as a god of fertility.  What the pagans would do is cut a tree down and decorate it.  Once this tree is decorated it is observed as a goddess of fertility and thus worshipped.  Presents are placed under the bottom of the tree.  Now this is a very interesting point;  during regular birthday celebrations, presents are put on a table, the same as anniversaries, weddings, etc.  But for Christmas, they must be placed under the tree, and in order to retrieve such presents you must bow down to the tree/idol.  The evergreens and holly are symbols of fertility, and are worshipped as gods.

Deck the Halls

This is in honor of the nature god, where they would worship the evergreens and the holly.  They would be put in the shape of a circle to increase the power of the various spells, enchantments, and other things they would use them for.  This is where hanging the wreath on the door comes from, in circular form giving the nature god more power.

The Mistletoe

It was also made of evergreens as a form of worship of the nature god.  It was taught that through the power of the mistletoe that a man cast a spell on a woman, and it would render her helpless and open to any sexual exploitation.  This is where the tradition comes from that if you catch a woman or vice versa, a woman catches a man under the mistletoe, he/she has to give them a kiss and cannot refuse.

Yuletide Greetings

This observance came from the worship of the god Jul (pronounced Yule and also later spelled this way).  During this twelve day celebration they would cut down the biggest tree they could find in the village.  They would keep the log burning for twelve days straight.  During the twelve days they would sacrifice both human and animal sacrifices each day on the log.  Twelve days straight they would keep the log burning and offer sacrifices each day to the god Yule.  This was transformed into the twelve days of Christmas, where the Yule log is supposed to burn in the fireplace for twelve days straight, December 25th the first day of Christmas until January 6th.  A candle would also be placed in the windows during this twelve day observance of the god Jul . This is where the displaying of Christmas lights came from.  Burning the Yule log and displaying Christmas lights is all in observance of the god Jul.

And Let’s Not Forget Santa Claus

Out of Scandinavia came the pagan god Oden – the god of thunder.  He was said to travel the sky during the winter solstice deciding who would live and who would die.  Once Oden was brought to England he evolved into father Christmas who would travel the country during the festival of fools.  This was the first version of a Santa Claus.  But the model we know of today is derived from a man out of Myra (a portion of modern day Turkey) named Saint Nicholas who would travel from house to house giving candy and money to the good children putting it in their shoes (this is where hanging stockings on the mantle of the fireplace).  He had many companions in travel which were very mean and punished the bad children by beating them with switches.

It is rumored that he would even take away the very bad children.  These companions were horned goats, and very horrific to look upon.  The names of them were Knect, Puprecht, Krampus, Klanbauf, Bartel, Belsnickel, and many more.  Throughout the many cultures there were different companions that Saint Nicholas was said to travel with all with the same disposition, mean and ready to punish any child who had been naughty and not nice.  The companions of Santa were booted out of the picture for the most part when in 1822 a poem was written by Clement Clark Moore entitled “A Visit from Santa”.  It was an overnight hit and was renamed “The Night Before Christmas”, replacing Santa’s punishing companions with eight reindeer.  And giving Santa Claus a new nickname and image “Jolly Ole Saint Nick”.

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