This is not the usual blog post, but a true gentleman should always be informed and – most importantly – he should never have anything to do Paganism, so there you go: I’ll drop the bomb at the beginning and then I’ll try to clean up the debris: Christmas is NOT A CHRISTIAN HOLIDAY, IT’S PAGAN to its very core. It follows logically that true Christians should NOT celebrate Christmas and especially they shouldn’t be celebrating it to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ because 1) Jesus Christ was NOT born on December the 25th 2) Nowhere in the Bible it says either a) that Christians are supposed to celebrate His birthday, anyway b) when was Jesus actually born. To be precise, if anything, the Bible clearly states that we are not supposed to “observe days”, or do like the Pagans do. Look at Galatians 4:10:
“…But now that you know God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you are turning back to those weak and worthless principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? 1You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! I fear for you, that my efforts for you may have been in vain…”
- Christmas is a Pagan holiday. In fact, the ancient Romans used to celebrate the Saturnalia at the Winter solstice and according to the Julian calendar, on December the 17th. And let me tell you something: the Romans were great at partying. They loved the Saturnalia because during this festivity they were allowed to gamble, drink excessively, have sex on the streets, offer human and animal sacrifices to their gods, and – in short – do whatever they wanted: it was a festival of wickedness during which traditional social norms were turned upside down and therefore it was particularly appreciated by the libertines of the times. It is no coincidence that the poet Catullus referred to the Saturnalia as the “best of days” (Saturnalibus, optimo dierum!). By the way, this is how the Western world developed the ritual of gift giving, which was a central part of the banquet at the temple of Saturn. Two words about Saturn: he was an agricultural deity associated with a golden, mythical age in which, supposedly, the earth would spontaneously produce fruits that people could then enjoy without working. Another similar festivity was observed by the ancient Germans (remember: Pagans used to observe the same rituals all over the world, it is not a coincidence). The Germans used to call this festivity the “Yule” festival in honor of Odin, the vindictive, bloodthirsty God of the Norse. Yule Tide took place in the middle of winter and ended approximately at the end of December, with the new year. Finally, we owe the modern day version of Christmas holidays to Charles Dickens and his “A Christmas Carrol” when it comes to popular understanding and celebrations, as well as to the Coca-Cola company when it comes to the mysterious entity that people are actually celebrating during Christmas time, the infamous Santa Claus.
- Christ was most certainly NOT born on December the 25th. Speculations about the exact birthday of the Lord Jesus Christ were always at the center of the attention of ancient philosophers because Paganism places a great importance in birthdays (astrology, divination). In short, the reason why we have inherited this modern day, consumeristic version of Christmas has everything to do with Paganism syncretism, the Roman Catholics and Capitalism and nothing to do with Christianity. The Catholics picked this particular day for convenience because it coincided with the birthday of the Sun God, the “Sol Invictus”. Keep in mind that the Pope himself took the place of the demigod Emperor of ancient cultures, who – in turn – represented the Sun God on earth. In fact, even to this very day, the Pope still does what the archetypal emperor of ancient cultures used to do: he is the liaison between God and Man, he is infallible, he decides who is saved and who is not, he can excommunicate, proclaim saints, and he holds the key of both the temporal and the spiritual authority. There is nothing new under the sun. Obviously, in fact, the BIBLE DOES NOT INDICATE A DATE FOR THE BIRTH OF JESUS and if that wasn’t enough, consider also that Jesus Himself never asked anybody to celebrate his birthday. This is because His birthday is not important as much as His resurrection is. To the contrary, all things considerate, it seems as if the Bible clearly indicates that the birth of Jesus DID NOT take place on December the 25th. First of all: read Luke 2, 7:8: “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night”. It seems highly unlikely that the shepherds would be watching their flocks at night during the rainy season in Judea. In the absence of clear indications, logical reasoning dictates that shepherds would be seeking shelter in their houses, rather than spending the night out in the cold and wet climate of December. It is far more likely that Mary laid his son in the manger earlier in the year. Take also a good look at the same Gospel of Luke, chapter 2, verses 1 and 2: “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria)”. Now, we know for a fact that the Romans were not used to impose taxation in the provinces at wintertime because traveling during this season was extremely problematic. Moreover, the citizens and the inhabitants of the Empire were living on their savings in wintertime, both in terms of money and food. Harvest took place at the end of the summer and the best part of commercial transactions ended with the beginning of wintertime. So, when was Jesus born? You might ask. Well, if you really need to know – and I don’t understand why you really need to know since Jesus Himself does not want you to know, it appears as if He was born at the end of September. This is based on the math you can do on your own by taking into account the fact that John the Baptist was six months older than Jesus.
- Santa Claus. This is the real object of celebration, this is really the entity that children love and celebrate at Christmas time. But who is Santa Claus? I don’t celebrate Pagan holidays for many different reasons: the fact that saluting the Winter Solstice is a bit passé, in my humble opinion, is just one of those reasons. Most importantly, however, I really don’t like Santa Claus (Satan Lucas); this omnipresent, almost almighty, judgmental, shapeshifting and obscure figure that descends from Nordic traditions and from a Turkish monk of dubious origins (many claim he never existed in the first place) who was obsessed with children (Saint Nicholas). To the Dutch people, this was “Sinter Klaas”, thus the modern American “Santa Claus”. In fact, we owe the invention of the pre-modern myth of Santa Claus and his legend to very first Dutch settlers in America. Now, I would never want my children to have anything to do with an omnipresent magical figure who can appear and disappear at will and can enter your house from the chimney if he wishes to do so. Also, I wouldn’t want my children to have to behave because of the presents. In fact, I’d have to lie to my kids about Santa Claus in order to make them behave, so they can receive presents. Let’s be honest, however: who would ruin the Christmas for the kids and leave them without gifts, regardless of their bad behaviour? That’s right: once you have lied to your children about the existence of Santa Claus, you would have to lie to them also about the fact that they must behave or else they won’t get presents. Guess what kind of lessons are your children going to learn from Christmas as they grow up? A) Their parents are liars B) Good behaviour doesn’t really matter.
- The Symbology of Christmas. As per the fir tree: in case you haven’t figured it out on your own yet, that’s a Pagan phallic symbol of fertility. Anybody with a grasp on Nordic Pagan myths would tell you that the ancient Celtics used to regard the evergreen trees with awe because they stayed green, unlike all other trees, even during the coldest winters, and that looked like a magical quality to the Druids. Therefore, the ancient Celtics logically assigned magical healing powers to the fir tree and to the evergreens in general. That’s also why they would take fir trees in their homes during wintertime – because they believed that this particular sort of trees would protect them from maladies, thanks to their balsamic effects. And to a certain extent, they were right because the resin and the needles of evergreens do, in fact, have positive balsamic effects and are useful in the prevention of respiratory diseases. The problem being: I don’t I don’t like phallic symbols anywhere, and I don’t know about you, but I would never allow my kids to gather around Pagan phallic symbols of fertility, especially in my living room. I mean, you can do what you want if you are a Pagan, but don’t try to claim that this is a Christian tradition because it clearly isn’t. The practice of cutting firs and taking them into your home has nothing to do with Christianity. If anything, the Bible clearly prohibits this tradition: “Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen [Pagans] … For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not”, Jeremiah 10: 2-4. The fir tree is clearly an idol. When in doubts, look at what the Catholics do and if they do observe certain traditions, you can rest assure that you, as a Christian, shouldn’t. In fact, the Roman Catholic Church makes the biggest Christmas tree in the world and places it at the center of the circle that is supposed to be a female fertility symbol, (the symbol of Baal and the one of Ishtar) not far away from the Egyptian obelisk, in Saint Peter’s square.The obelisk itself is another phallic symbol, anyway.
- The desolation of Christmas. Statistics regarding a supposed spike in the suicide rates in Western countries are obscure, like all statistics, and they fail to take into account the obvious: when somebody tells you that you are supposed to do something, in this case, be good and be happy, you usually don’t. It doesn’t take an Anthropologist, or a Psychologist to tell that normal people, deep inside them, are highly dissatisfied with the totalitarian and utterly depressive atmosphere of the Christmas season.
As per cleaning the debris, I can tell you this: if you are a Pagan or a Roman Catholic, then go ahead and celebrate your Pagan deities, it makes perfect sense. But if you think that you are a Christian, at least take the time to investigate the matter on your own before joining the Pagans, or the Roman Catholics, in the celebration of their gods.