•Saturnalia
•An Outlaw Christmas
•Irving Reinvents Christmas
•A Christmas Carol
 

The middle of winter has long been a time of celebration around the world.
Centuries before the arrival of the man called Jesus, early Europeans
celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. Many peoples rejoiced
during the winter solstice, when the worst of the winter was behind them and
they could look forward to longer days and extended hours of sunlight.

In Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated Yule from
December 21, the winter solstice, through January.
In recognition of the return of the sun, fathers and
sons would bring home large logs, which they
would set on fire. The people would feast until the
log burned out, which could take as many as twelve
days. The Norse believed that each spark from the
fire represented a new pig or calf that would be born
during the coming year.

The end of December was a perfect time for
celebration in most areas of Europe. At that time of
year, most cattle were slaughtered so that they did
not have to be fed during the winter. For many, it was the only time of year
when they had a supply of fresh meat. In addition, most wine and beer that
had been made during the year was finally fermented and ready for drinking.

In Germany, people honored the pagan god Oden during the mid-winter
holiday. Germans were terrified of him as it was well-known that his nocturnal
flights through the sky would help him decide which of his people would
prosper or perish. Because of his presence, many people chose to say inside.

In Rome, where winters were not as harsh as those in the far north, Saturnalia,
a holiday in honor of Saturn, the god of agriculture, was celebrated. Beginning
in the week leading up to the winter solstice and continuing for a full month,
Saturnalia was a hedonistic time, when food and drink were plentiful and the
normal Roman social order was turned upside down. For a month, slaves
would become masters. Peasants were in command of the city. Business and
schools were closed so that everyone could join in the fun.

Also around the time of the winter
solstice, Romans observed Juvenalia, a
feast honoring the children of Rome. In
addition, members of the upper classes
often celebrated the birthday of Mithra,
the god of the unconquerable sun, on
December 25. It was believed that
Mithra, an infant god, was born of a rock.
For some Romans, Mithra's birthday was
the most sacred day of the year.

In the early years of Christianity, Passover & resurrection was the main holiday;
the birth of Jesus was not celebrated. In the fourth century, church officials
decided to institute the birth of Jesus as a holiday. Unfortunately, the bible
does not mention date for his birth (a fact Puritans later pointed out in order to
deny the legitimacy of the celebration). Although some evidence suggests that
his birth may have occurred in the spring (why would shepherds be herding in
the middle of winter?), Pope Julius I chose December 25. It is commonly
believed that the church chose this date in an effort to adopt and absorb the
traditions of the pagan Saturnalia festival. First called the Feast of the Nativity,
the custom spread to Egypt by 432 and to England by the end of the sixth
century. By the end of the eighth century, the celebration of Christmas had
spread all the way to Scandinavia. Today, in the Greek and Russian orthodox
churches, Christmas is celebrated on January 6, which is also referred to as
Epiphany or Three Kings Day. This is the day it is believed that the three wise
men finally found Jesus in the manger.

By holding Christmas at the same time as traditional winter solstice festivals,
church leaders increased the chances that Christmas would be popularly
embraced, but gave up the ability to dictate how it was celebrated. By the
Middle Ages, Christianity had, for the most part, replaced pagan religion. On
Christmas, believers attended church, then celebrated raucously in a drunken,
carnival-like atmosphere similar to today's Mardi Gras. Each year, a beggar or
student would be crowned the "lord of misrule" and eager celebrants played
the part of his subjects. The poor would go to the houses of the rich and
demand their best food and drink. If owners failed to comply, their visitors
would most likely terrorize them with mischief. Christmas became the time of
year when the upper classes could repay their real or imagined "debt" to
society by entertaining less fortunate citizens.
 

In the early seventeenth century, a wave of religious reform changed the way
Christmas was celebrated in Europe. When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan
forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to rid England of decadence and,
as part of their effort, cancelled Christmas. By popular demand, Charles II was
restored to the throne and, with him, came the return of the popular holiday.

The pilgrims, English separatists that
came to America in 1620, were even more
orthodox in their Puritan beliefs than
Cromwell. As a result, Christmas was not
a holiday in early America. From 1659 to
1681, the celebration of Christmas was
actually outlawed in Boston. Anyone
exhibiting the Christmas spirit was fined
five shillings. By contrast, in the
Jamestown settlement, Captain John
Smith reported that Christmas was
enjoyed by all and passed without incident.

After the American Revolution, English customs fell out of favor, including
Christmas. In fact, Congress was in session on December 25, 1789, the first
Christmas under America's new constitution. Christmas wasn't declared a
federal holiday until June 26, 1870.

It wasn't until the nineteenth century that Americans began to embrace
Christmas. Americans re-invented Christmas, and changed it from a raucous
carnival holiday into a family-centered day of peace and nostalgia. But what
about the 1800s peaked American interest in the holiday?

The early nineteenth century was a
period of class conflict and turmoil.
During this time, unemployment was
high and gang rioting by the
disenchanted classes often occurred
during the Christmas season. In 1828,
the New York city council instituted the
city's first police force in response to a
Christmas riot. This catalyzed certain
members of the upper classes to begin
to change the way Christmas was
celebrated in America.

In 1819, best-selling author Washington
Irving wrote The Sketchbook of Geoffrey
Crayon, gent., a series of stories about
the celebration of Christmas in an English manor house. The sketches feature
a squire who invited the peasants into his home for the holiday. In contrast to
the problems faced in American society, the two groups mingled effortlessly.
In Irving's mind, Christmas should be a peaceful, warm-hearted holiday bringing
groups together across lines of wealth or social status. Irving's fictitious
celebrants enjoyed "ancient customs," including the crowning of a Lord of
Misrule. Irving's book, however, was not based on any holiday celebration he
had attended-in fact, many historians say that Irving's account actually
"invented" tradition by implying that it described the true customs of the
season.
 

Also around this time, English author Charles Dickens created the classic
holiday tale, A Christmas Carol. The story's message-the importance of
charity and good will towards all humankind-- struck a powerful chord in the
United States and England and showed members of Victorian society the
benefits of celebrating the holiday.

The family was also becoming less
disciplined and more sensitive to the
emotional needs of children during the
early 1800s. Christmas provided families
with a day when they could lavish
attention-and gifts-on their children without
appearing to "spoil" them.

As Americans began to embrace
Christmas as a perfect family holiday, old
customs were unearthed. People looked
toward recent immigrants and Catholic and
Episcopalian churches to see how the day
should be celebrated. In the next one
hundred years, Americans built a
Christmas tradition all their own that
included pieces of many other customs, including decorating trees, sending
holiday cards, and gift-giving. Although most families quickly bought into the
idea that they were celebrating Christmas how it had been done for centuries,
Americans had really re-invented a holiday to fill the cultural needs of a
growing nation.



From: Christmas Unwrapped, The History Channel, Copyright 1996 A&E Films.


FINAL SUMMARY

As you can see this subtle trick of Satan began long before the modern
reformation to biblical truth.  In fact, this day was first invented by
Satan in Babylon. In Jeremijah Chapter 10 and 32 we see that this pratice of
Decking trees with silver and gold and sacrificing children to false deities
was an original part of this holiday.

Many have written that we don't really know when the birthday of the saviour
was. This is not true. The first chapters of the books of Luke and Matthew
make it clear of two things: The Angel visited Mary in the 6th Hebrew month
and that Yahshua was born 6 months after John the Baptist who was born in the
spring.  We know it was spring due to the temple service of the priesthood
mentioned here. The paticular type of service was done only in the spring
and that is when John was born.

Further we have the arguement of the Feast of Tabernacles.  That is that
Yah Veh God never did anything in the new testament without first forshadowing
it in the old.  The fest of Tabernacles was representing the creator
tabernacleing among men and looking forward to when Yah Veh God himself
would dwell with men as promised through the prophets.

When Yahshua was born according to the Hebrew calandar system at the time
of his birth, it places his arrival at the fest of tabernacles.

Another good point I have heard argued was that the tax of ceaser would not
have been in the heart of winter in the agricultural society of this time.
Ceaser would have wanted to tax the Jewish people in the heart of the
harvest time when the goods and gains were fresh and ready to be placed into
the storehouses.

Next we see that at the time of the saviours birth that sheppards were keeping
sheep in the fields where the angles told them of this good news. Had it
been winter, even in Israel, the cold would have drawn the sheppards to gather
the sheep into the barns and mangers.

The next problem we have with the modern natitity scene is that of the wise
men.  We are told there were three but the bible accounts that there were
wise men but gives no number.  Further the wise men see the star in the east
and then travel to where they saw the star.  The Biblical account states
that they went to Hearod and inquired where the King was.  They are told of
the prophesy of the city of Bethlehem and there they go to the house of
Joseph and Mary.

Now Herod angry that the wise men trick him and do not follow heed to his
request that they tell him where the King is, proceeds to have all male
children 2 and under killed.  If these men had visited a baby there would
have been a decree to slaughter all male children a month old and younger.
But herod chooses 2 years of age and younger. Herodoes this the Bible accounts
by the time the wise men tell him they first saw the star.

So we see that the story has been changed to add 3 wise men at a manger
with sheppards.  The truth is from what we know by Biblical accounts that
the wise men "found the young lad", an almost two year old child.

So what does trees and santa and yule logs and misel toe have to do with the
birth of the saviour? NOTHING ! All these things are pagan and a Christians
acceptance of them is no less of a mistake than that of the Israleites
ignoring Yah Veh God's commandment to not worship false idols.

For Israels sin they went to Babylon and are oppressed of the whole earth.
What will be the punisment for those who claim worship of the Messiah
and hold days of celbration and worship of pagan gods?

In Babylon it was first Molach and Tammuz. In Israel it was Chuin and Molach.
In Egypt it was Rah and in Greece it was Saturnalia. Mirtha in Rome and Then
Janis and the sun god. This false diety was also know to Greeks as Remphan.

Amos ch.5 and Acts ch.7 recounts this false worship and what it did to the
children of Israel.

There is a saying among Christians about Jesus being the reason for the
season.  In truth, the reason for the season is to lie to the follower
of Jesus and to get him to worship satan as the sun god in place of
the true Messiah who is Yahshua.

I have heard all the excuses and read all the accounts of the so called
great Christian leaders of today saying "it's OK to have Santa" and
"We really know that Christ was not born that day, BUT...."
and the rhetoric goes on.

The truth is that money is the reason for the season.
Lots of Churches and denominations make their
budget with offerings on this pagan day.  Christian Businessmen make it
hand over fist in this season.  It boils down to fear. The preachers are
afraid that if they stop this by telling their congregations the truth
that they will lose their job.  This is rightly so.

The Bible says that liars will have their place in the lake of fire.
In the last book it says that outside of the Holy City the New Jerusalem
will be all those who worked lies.

The lie of this season and day is that there is anything other than witchcraft
in it and its purpose is evil.

So many Christians in new found faith and resolve have turned away from
days like Halloween stating its satanic roots. Then when the same people
are presented with the truth of the satanic roots of Christmas they find
no resolve to turn away from idol worship and pagan rites of witchcraft.

Why not celebrate the birth of the Saviour when he was really born as many
Messianic Jews do each year at the Feast of Tabernacles.

For the truth is that Christ was born on the first day of that feast and circumcised
on the 8th day from his birth on the feast of the last great day which represents judgment.
I fear for my brothers in Christ that still with this knowledge in hand
turn away and keep paganism when they know better.

My prayer for you is that you will study this truth with a sincere heart to
the Messiah and repent of this evil know as Christmas.