Now, what’s about the 25th day of December? I won’t make a judgement.
Not finding a way out, the Catholic Encyclopaedia honestly states:
“Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church . . . The first evidence of the feast is from Egypt. . . . Pagan customs centering around the January calendar gravitated to Christmas.” And, further, we find this truth acknowledged: ” . . . in the Scripture, sinners alone, not saints, celebrate their birthday.
Encyclopaedia Britannica has this: “Christmas (i.e., the Mass of Christ). Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church . . . .”
The Encyclopaedia Americana says: “Christmas. It was, according to many authorities, not celebrated in the first centuries of the Christian church, as the Christian usage in general was to celebrate the death of remarkable persons rather than their birth . . .” (The “Communion” which is instituted by New Testament Bible authority, is a memorial of the Death of Christ.) “. . . a feast was established in memory of this event [Christ’s birth] in the fourth century. In the fifth century the Western Church ordered it to be celebrated forever on the day of the old Roman feast of the birth of Sol, as no certain knowledge of the day of Christ’s birth existed.”
It was only in the 5th century that the Roman Church ordered it to be celebrated as an official “Christian” festival!
Here, I’ll draw a link to the pagan origins of Christianity as a whole.
Dr. Alan Clifford, writing in Britain’s Evangelicals Now publication, says: “Christmas was the result of a growing tendency of the Roman Church to meet paganism half-way. ..If Christmas is without a true Christian basis, it should be scrapped.”
Epiphany, the date for the winter solstice was celebrated by Christians as both the day of birth and appearance of the son of God. This was originally an annual event to honour Mirtha, the model of Christianity’s Jesus. A lot of early Christians celebrated Jesus’ birthday on January 6 as Armenian Christians still do. Aion, the god-man (remember that Jesus is also a god-man) of Alexandria’s birthday was also celebrated on January 6.
Christians and most Pagans eventually settled for December 25 as the birthday of their god-man.
The Schaff-Herzog Encyclopaedia clearly explains: “How much the date of the festival depended upon the Pagan Brumalia (Dec. 25) following the Saturnalia (Dec. 17-24), and celebrating the shortest day of the year and the ‘new sun’ . . . cannot be accurately determined. The pagan Saturnalia and Brumalia were too deeply entrenched in popular custom to be set aside by Christian influence . . . . The pagan festival with its riot and merrymaking was so popular, that Christians were glad of an excuse to continue its celebration with little change in spirit and in manner. Christian preachers of the West and the Near East protested against the unseemly frivolity with which Christ’s birthday was celebrated, while Christians of Mesopotamia accused their Western brethren of idolatry and sun-worship for adopting as Christian this pagan festival.”
December 25 was the date of the Roman Saturnalia festival, a wild orgiastic pagan rite focused on worship of the sun, and it was also correlated with various tribal pagan festivals associated with the winter solstice. Christmas is just one of many Roman Catholic attempts to win over the pagan masses by putting a Christian tag on an existing, idolatrous configuration.
The yule log stands for the wheel of time, the lights of Christmas recall the sacred fire and the birth of the Sun-King. The traditional Christmas colours of red and green symbolize male fertility and incubation by the female.
Also, that mysterious coca cola dressed man; Santa Claus comes in from Rome with jolly good gifts for kids around the world. A peep back into history reveals a Pagan god called Odin as the origin of this. Plus the famously claimed St Nicholas, the formula for Father Christmas was hatched. Odin was figured as a man with long white beard in long cloak.
But will Christmas ever go away? A whole lot of countries depend on this economically. Remember that after a ban on it in 1647, English Pro Christmas rioters took over the seat of government for weeks, decorating doorways with holly and shouting royalist slogans. The time to spend is Christmas; the time to reflect is after. After all, Christmas deficits are not deficits. Christianity and its false notions once again come up as a money spinner.