The Holiday Conundrum: Do you Celebrate Christmas?
This Season of good cheer, family and warm feelings has been a tradition for thousands of years.Â In modern day times we are confused by the traditions of the past with the new found religions of today.Â The reason to celebrate the season has been rationalized into several historical and modern day ideas.
During the Christ-mas season, some Christ-ians celebrate the birth of Christ, our savior Jesus Christ (Yeshua Hamachia).Â Celebrating the Nativity of Jesus according to the gospels of Luke and Matthew is the blessing that many of us share.
But other Christians believe this holiday is a Pagan holiday.Â Primarily because we do not know when Jesus was born as there was no date for the occasion.Â But the context clues of the Nativity of Jesus as told by Luke and John tell a different story.Â Jesus Christ could not have been born around December 25th because it would have been way too cold for the Shepherds to have been tending to their sheep outside, traveling, sleeping outside or anything near this description. Â Because Palestine has extremely cold treacherous winters around this time of year.Â Dr. Lorrain Day’s research on the subject is quite impressive;
It is beyond doubt that Christmas was originally a pagan festival. The time of the year and the ceremonies with which it is still celebrated, prove its origin.
Isis, the Egyptian title for the “queen of heaven,” gave birth to a son at this very time, about the time of the winter solstice. The term “Yule” is the Chaldee (Babylonian) name for “infant” or “little child.”
This pagan festival not only commemorated the figurative birthday of the sun in the renewal of its course, but it also was celebrated (on December 24) among the Sabeans of Arabia, as the birthday of the “Lord Moon.”
In Babylon, where the sun (Baal) was the object of worship, Tammuz was considered the incarnation of the Sun.
“In the Hindu mythology, which is admitted to be essentially Babylonian, this comes out very distinctly. There, Surya, or the Sun, is represented as being incarnate, and born for the purpose of subduing the enemies of the gods, who without such a birth, could not have been subdued.” Ibid pg 96
There are many other Christmas counterparts of the Babylonian winter solstice festival, such as: 1) candles lighted on Christmas eve and used throughout the festival season were equally lighted by the Pagans on the eve of the festival of the Babylonian god, to do honor to him, 2) the Christmas tree was equally common in Pagan Rome and Pagan Egypt. In Egypt that tree was the palm tree; in Rome it was the fir. The tree denoted the Pagan Messiah. Read More
We also know that although Jews do not believe that Yeshuah Hamachia (Jesus Christ) was the messiah, they still celebrate the same time of year for yet a different reason.
A lesser Jewish festival, lasting eight days from the 25th day of Kislev (in December) and commemorating the rededication of the Temple in 165 bc by the Maccabees after its desecration by the Syrians. It is marked by the successive kindling of eight lights
Yet again, some African Americans have chosen to celebrate a different set of modern day celebration with Kwanza.
A secular festival observed by many African Americans from December 26 to January 1 as a celebration of their cultural heritage and traditional values
So for at least 2000 years we have celebrated something for different reasons.Â You will even see an occurrence of the tradition of cutting down a tree and decorating it in Jeremiah 10.Â But we are warned not to celebrate idols.Â The fact of the matter is, we as a society, have decided to celebrate good health, family, warm regards and we have a general consensus that the time should be one of gratitude and preparation for the New Year.Â Somehow everything we do is a mixture of traditions.Â They candles we light, the tree, gifting and worship.Â I think the bottom line is today, we celebrate humanity and for the most part we are appreciative of our blessings from God.
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