Everything about it is pagan. So why kid yourselves and act as if its an okay thing? Well that’s all I wanted to know.
And just because something’s a tradition doesn’t mean its an ok thing. So its best to research what you’re getting yourselves involved in.
Shinigami (FAC) but Alohim (God) did discriminate against non believers and pagans. The bible is more than just john 3:16 you know. He disproved of the pagan practices and the apostles spoke against pagan corruption in the early churches. How about studying the bible and not just skimming thru it. You just might REALLY GET A REVELATIONAL INSIGHT.
Nothing much about it is originally pagan. You’re just repeating urban myths, I’m afraid.
The date: Set in Rome around 300 AD (later affirmed by a Pope but already a tradition). THere is no record of any festival on that date before Christmas was started. We have Roman calendars of feasts from before that time. They show NO pagan festival. http://www.aerobiologicalengineering.com/wxk116/Roman/Calendar/romecbib.html
Ah, you say, but what about Yule or the Winter Solstice. Well a Yule feast was a Viking custom and they didn’t come into the picture till 500 years later. It was THEY, when they became CHristians, who moved THEIR feast to December 25th to honour CHrist instead of their pagan Gods. There is no historical evidence of anyone anywhere at any time celebrating the Winter Solstice on Dec 25th – nor much of them doing so on any date.
The precise reasons for that date being chosen are lost to us so it is now regarded as the celebration of Christ’s birth but not his actual birthday (his family would have used the Jewish calendar anyway).
Santa Claus and gifts: His name comes from the German for Saint Nicholas, a Christian bishop from 4th century Anatolia renowned for his generosity. This reputation meant that on his feast day (December 6th), people gave children presents anonymously “do not let you right hand know what your left is doing” – biblical. It was actually the Protestant reformers, who did not like Saints, who moved the gift-giving to Christmas and said they should come from Christ. This worked in some places but in others, particularly the USA, Saint Nicholas stuck with the gifts and moved to Christmas with them.
Decorating with greenery (Holly, Ivy etc being the available greenery at Christmas time): Leviticus 23:40 shows this is a biblical practice.
Christmas Tree: No historical record of this practice from any pagan religions, though people have made up stories. First recorded in Europe in the 17th century, long after paganism had died out. The original tree was decorated with fruit and nuts – now represented by glass baubles. Most likely origin is as a representation of the Biblical “Tree of Life” – Dec 24th being the feast of Adam and Eve in some places, Christ being called the new “Tree of Life” metaphorically by early Christian writers. Some plays performed at Christmas used to start with Adam and Eve and finish with the arrival of the new Adam – Jesus Christ.
God has no objection to anyone joining in with a great Christian tradition like Christmas.