Before reading hold it in mind that we all today celebrate 25th December as the day Jesus Christ was born that is clear and simple and no one is ready to spoil that party with some historian’s digging hammer. “ Oh spare me the details” are words you’ll hear while trying to point out the things that do not just add up here about 25TH December, who was Santa Cruz, was Jesus Christ really born on the 25TH OF December, what is the origin of the Christmas tree, the Mistletoe ? . Alas!! Without much ado just bare with me a five minuet walk as we together contemplate over this ; If a forensic expert was to read through the blood of martyrdom and public disgrace that filled drainages and potholes on the streets of Rome when the Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25. One will wonder why choose but this date to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. During this period, Roman courts were closed, and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished for damaging property or injuring people during the weeklong celebration.( wow a world without punishments? Maybe this is why we celebrate today how ever read on and fine out), The festival began when Roman authorities chose “an enemy of the Roman people” ( who were this enemies?) this people were chosen to represent the “Lord of Misrule.” Each Roman community selected a victim whom they forced to indulge in food and other physical pleasures throughout the week( why ) At the festival’s conclusion, December 25th, Roman authorities believed they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering this innocent man or woman.
An ancient Greek writer poet and historian Lucian (in his dialogue entitled Saturnalia) describes the festival’s observance in his time. In addition to human sacrifice, he mentions these customs: widespread intoxication; going from house to house while singing naked; rape and other sexual license; and consuming human-shaped biscuits (still produced in some English and most German bakeries during the Christmas season). And the activities have not changed today.
The New Testament gives no date or year for Jesus’ birth. The earliest gospel – St. Mark’s, written about 65 CE – begins with the baptism of an adult Jesus. This suggests that the earliest Christians lacked interest in or knowledge of Jesus’ birthdates. The misconception came into place during the 4th century CE, when Christianity imported the Saturnalia festival hoping to take the pagan masses in with it. -This means the Saturnalia festival was first celebrated before and Christians adopted this custom turning it to Christmass-, Christian leaders succeeded in converting to Christianity large numbers of pagans by promising them that they could continue to celebrate the Saturnalia as Christians. So you can understand that there was a bargain of interest here and not as a result of celebrating the exact date of the birth of Christ. When we accept Jesus Christ as out lord and personal savoir it is not supposed to be conditional, We can not save Jesus on condition that we will continue in our idol or pagan worship. Some of the most depraved customs of the Saturnalia carnival were intentionally revived by the Catholic Church in 1466 when Pope Paul II, for the amusement of his Roman citizens, forced Jews to race naked through the streets of the city. An eyewitness account reports, “Before they were to run, the Jews were richly fed, so as to make the race more difficult for them and at the same time more amusing for spectators. They ran… amid Rome’s taunting shrieks and peals of laughter, while the Holy Father stood upon a richly ornamented balcony and laughed heartily
As part of the Saturnalia carnival throughout the 18th and 19th centuries CE, rabbis of the ghetto in Rome were forced to wear clownish outfits and march through the city streets to the jeers of the crowd, pelted by a variety of missiles. When the Jewish community of Rome sent a petition in1836 to Pope Gregory XVI begging him to stop the annual Saturnalia abuse of the Jewish community, he responded, “It is not opportune to make any innovation.” On December 25, 1881, Christian leaders whipped the Polish masses into Anti-Semitic frenzies that led to riots across the country. In Warsaw 12 Jews were brutally murdered, huge numbers maimed, and many Jewish women were raped. Two million rubles worth of property was destroyed.
Look at this scenario;
We have to understand the celebrating the birth of something is celebrating it in it’s roots and origin now, imagine that your great-great-great-grandchildren were about to celebrate Hitlerday. April 20th arrived. They had long forgotten about Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen. They had never heard of gas chambers or death marches. They had purchased champagne and caviar, and were about to begin the party, when someone reminded them of the day’s real history and their ancestors’ agony. Imagine that they initially objected, “We aren’t celebrating the Holocaust; we’re just having a little Hitlerday party.” If you could travel forward in time and meet them; if you could say a few words to them, what would you advise them to do on Hitlerday? Ok here is it no more Saturnalia but Christmass day that is ok. But if we on this day indulge on the pagan practices and customs of saturnalia the widespread intoxication; going from house to house while singing naked- the fashion of today leave our girls vittually naked; rape and other sexual license; and consuming human-shaped biscuits can we pretend to call it Christmas. If black garments were made to mourn to the death and white for happiness and tomorrow you put on white garments yet spend your entire day in the cemetery mourning and performing death rituals how does the white garment erase the fact that you are mourning?
On December 25, 1941, Julius Streicher, one of the most vicious of Hitler’s assistants, celebrated Christmas by penning the following editorial in his rabidly Antisemitic newspaper, Der Stuermer:
If one really wants to put an end to the continued prospering of this curse from heaven that is the Jewish blood, there is only one way to do it: to eradicate this people, this Satan’s son, root and branch. I hope we are reading this together?
The Origins of practices now related to Christmas Customs we most note that this things are not written in the Bible and Christ never mention them so if you are doing this things do not attribute ceremonies to them because you might be worshipping or beforming certain rituals unknowingly
Just as early Christians recruited Roman pagans by associating Christmas with the Saturnalia, so too worshippers of the Asheira cult and its offshoots were recruited by the Church sanctioning “Christmas Trees”. Pagans had long worshipped trees in the forest, or brought them into their homes and decorated them, and this observance was adopted and painted with a Christian veneer by the Church.
Norse mythology recounts how the god Balder was killed using a mistletoe arrow by his rival god Hoder while fighting for the female Nanna. Druid rituals use mistletoe to poison their human sacrificial victim. The Christian custom of “kissing under the mistletoe” is a later synthesis of the sexual license of Saturnalia with the Druidic s
Christmas Presents, Nevertheless in the Bible during the birth of Christ the 3 Magi( wise men) Came with gifts to present to Christ this can very much justify our gifts for this day
It is not without noting that in pre-Christian Rome, the emperors compelled their most despised citizens to bring offerings and gifts during the Saturnalia (in December) and Kalends (in January). Later, this ritual expanded to include gift-giving among the general populace. The Catholic Church gave this custom a Christian flavor by re-rooting it in the supposed gift-giving of Saint Nicholas (see below).
Nicholaswas born in Parara, Turkey in 270 CE and later became Bishop of Myra. He died in 345 CE on December 6th. He was only named a saint in the 19th centurIn 1087, a group of sailors who idolized Nicholas moved his bones from Turkey to a sanctuary in Bari, Italy. There Nicholas supplanted a female boon-giving deity called The Grandmother, or Pasqua Epiphania, who used to fill the children’s stockings with her gifts. The Grandmother was ousted from her shrine at Bari, which became the center of the Nicholas cult. Members of this group gave each other gifts during a pageant they conducted annually on the anniversary of Nicholas’ death, December 6. The Nicholas cult spread north until it was adopted by German and Celtic pagans. These groups worshipped a pantheon led by Woden –their chief god and the father of Thor, Balder, and Tiw. Woden had a long, white beard and rode a horse through the heavens one evening each Autumn. When Nicholas merged with Woden, he shed his Mediterranean appearance, grew a beard, mounted a flying horse, rescheduled his flight for December, and donned heavy winter clothing. In a bid for pagan adherents in Northern Europe, the Catholic Church adopted the Nicholas cult and taught that he did (and they should) distribute gifts on December 25th instead of December 6th.
It seems scary when one thinks of all this facts and hypothesis put forth together in time Why do you celebrate christmass????
Remember that God foretold his plan for humanity through the Hebrew prophets hundreds of years before Jesus was born. Isaiah, for one, wrote, “The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. . . . For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. . . . But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” On a personal level, his life enriches us today, and tells us death is not the end. His inspiration leads us to act beyond our own self-interest. His message of faith, love, and compassion will forever challenge us in our strength and comfort us in our weakness.
The intent of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of a special child, Jesus Christ, into this world on a daily basis. The world has been a much better place since he was born in Bethlehem on that day long ago. The life, and death, of Jesus altered the course of history more than any other person who has ever lived.
On an earthly level, his service to humanity has been a great leap forward that reverberates to this day. While he has been a leading inspiration for advancements in Western culture, in science, in medicine, and in the arts, we also know Jesus as the greatest social reformer ever to walk the earth. Before his birth, the world had little compassion for women, the sick, the lame, the elderly, or for human life in general.
So why do we decide to spend our entire year, in sin and all types of abominable things just to pretend to remember Christ on Christmas? It is through his revelation that all people are equal before God, and that all people have basic God-given rights and freedoms. So why should you choose a day that this freedom was denied to many people to celebrate this birth of Christ.
Nevertheless it is not the dates and time that matter. It is about what you celebrate, is it just about a party, Santa Cruz, the desire to impress someone , to show off Or just the December 25TH fever ?, Are you a Christian or just a church goers that picks up or take advantage of special dates to eat and drink and party? Have you ever thought about the implications behind this dates when you do the wrong things on certain dates? No matter what happened on the 25th no matter what customs and traditions that were behind this date if Christ really lives in you and you celebrate him at every moment in your life thanking him during every other day of your life just as the 25TH then 25TH december becomes no problem. It is only bad when we do abominable things on this day implying we are only commemorating or honoring the abomination that many committed on this day during the feast of saturnalia.
So do not panic, do not throw away your gift nor your parties, but do throw away pagan practices things that do not give glory to God. Throw away hatred and sin not just because it is Christmass but because Jesus was born to make every day of your life wonderful and you’ll wake up every day to perceiving every hour as if it was just another Christmas. God Bless you.