It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The wonderful holiday season where we all come together and deck the shit out of our halls and jingle all the way. Because if you’re gonna’ jingle why half ass it? You jingle all the way damn it! But most importantly, Christmas is the celebration to mark the birth of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Wrong. Everything you think you know about Christmas is wrong. And now to prove it!
I don’t know why the truth angers people so much, especially when it comes to religious beliefs and customs but I explained what I am about to explain to you to a few “Christians” last year and it was not well received. Even though they had no evidence to the contrary. I had been questioning whether to write this or not for the past few weeks but when I got a text from my sister today asking when Jesus was really born, I figured that was my call to spring into action. To make it easier for all parties, I’ve even taken the measure of breaking it down into sections for you. Let the games begin.
WHAT IS CHRISTMAS, REALLY?
Let’s start with the easy stuff. Like the fact that nowhere in the good book(Bible) does it ever on any page mention the following things as they relate to the birth of JC: the word Christmas, Christmas trees, hanging ornaments, winter, snow, December, three wise men(more on them later), the exact day, date or year Jesus was born, a drummer boy, egg nog, mistletoe, colorful lights, candy canes, Santa Claus, parties, drinking, the colors red and green, cookies, presents, or anything else you would typically associate with Christmas as we know it today.
Contrary to what you may think, Christmas wasn’t even a widespread holiday celebrated in colonial America. American settlers in the seventeen and eighteen hundreds didn’t celebrate it. Even more interesting, Jesus lovers in American and England passed laws making it illegal to even observe Christmas because they believed it was an insult to God to observe a day that was born out of…wait for it…wait for it…ancient paganism! Also known as NOT the Bible. Did you know Christmas was banned in Boston from 1659 to 1681? No? You also knew on December 25th, 1789 which was the first Christmas under the new American Constitution, Congress was actually in session right? And that Christmas wasn’t made a national holiday until 1870? OK good I’m glad you’re up to speed.
The truth is, Christmas and all of its glorious paganism date back thousands of years, even predating the birth of JC himself. Don’t believe me? Google it. Christmas is historically noted as the ancient pagan practice of honoring the sun god in late December as the days become longer after the winter solstice. In ancient Rome this time of year was known as Dies Natalis Invicti Solis which means “the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun.” People would have banquets and parties where they would exchange gifts in late December for the festival known as Saturnalia, named after the heathen god Saturn. Over the span of hundreds of years those celebrations of the sun god became mixed with the worship of the “Son of God” and thats how customs and traditions never endorsed by the Bible that you celebrate today were mixed with Christianity.
One of the best examples of this is the Christmas tree. The term gets zero mention in the Bible. In fact, very few people today who put up the trees in their homes could tell you where the tradition comes from or can provide you with a biblical reason for doing so. What you should know though, is it’s pretty safe to say God hates Christmas trees. Why? Because it’s also the work of the pagans. And he makes his feelings about christmas trees and decorating them known in Jeremiah 10:2-5:
Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are worthless: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. The deck it with silver and with gold; the fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
How come no preacher or pastor ever mentions this verse, let alone anywhere near Christmas time? The book of Jeremiah, believed to be written some 500+ years before the birth of Jesus clearly shows God’s disdain for the pagan custom of tree decorating. God gave some pretty good details on cutting down, shaping, and trimming a tree and he’s not cool with it.
WHO IS SANTA CLAUSE?
Santa Claus is actually one of the newest parts of the Christmas celebration. Santa or St. Nick as he’s often called evolved from sketches of a young elf like man in a red and white suit from the late 1800′s and somewhere along the way we decided to make him obese for no apparent reason. However the fact that the obese man in the red and white suit became the standard issue image of Santa can be attributed to the Coca-Cola company.
The company created a marketing campaign in the early 1900′s for Christmas to remind the public that coke wasn’t just a drink for cooling down in hot summers and in 1931, Coke used the images of jolly fat Santa created by Haddon Sundblom in its marketing campaign for Christmas and the image of jolly fat Santa in the red and white suit was spread amongst the world. So how’s Santa tied to Jesus? Well his other nick name you may know, Kris Kringle is how the fiction again weaved its way into Christianity. Kris Kringle was derived from the word Christkindl, which in German translates to “Christ Child.” And now to the grand finale…
JESUS AND CHRISTMAS = WATER & OIL
They don’t mix. Jesus and Christmas, no matter who you are and what you believe, do not mix. He was not born on December 25th. But first let’s discuss the three wise men because they play a very important part in dispelling this myth.
Ask anyone how many wise men were at the manger at the time of JC’s birth and what will they say? Three. And they would be wrong. The correct answer from the Bible? Zero. No scripture in the Bible shows or depicts the presence of three wise men at the manger when Jesus was born. If you want to take it a step further, the New Testament indicates that the wise men didn’t show up until over a year after JC was born! Here’s another factoid for you, the Bible never even says how many wise men actually showed up when they did. It could have been three or 30. But you can probably attribute the idea of their only being three wise men because of their only being three gifts mentioned, gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
So how do we know Jesus wasn’t born December 25th besides the fact zero scriptures in the Bible mention a date, month, or year? Well consider this, as most biblical historians have, Luke 2:8 where he tells his account of the birth:
“And there were in the same country, shepherds abiding in the fields keeping watch over their flock by night”
What does it mean? This verse suggests that it was either spring, summer, or even fall for that matter, but not winter when Jesus was born. It was too cold and wet in the winter months for the shepherds of Israel to be in the fields with their flocks out at night which means the birth would have had to have taken place no later than October. Hey Drake, maybe Jesus could be in you OVO(Octobers Very Own) clique? Anyways, According to Luke, the shepherds came to Bethlehem, found sweet baby Jesus in the manger, and then returned to their fields and there was still no mention of three wise men.
“And when they come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him”(Matt. 2:11)
So how old was Jesus when they found him? Based on scripture he could have been up to two years old. The wise men who were suppose to return to King Herod to tell him of Jesus were told by God in a dream not to return and this pissed him off:
“Then Herod when he saw that he was being mocked of the wise men, was exceeding with wroth, and sent forth, and slew all children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.”
This means the wise men could have seen Jesus anywhere from one day to two years old, but they definitely weren’t at the manger. All seven references to Jesus in the book of Matthew that involve the wise men refer to him as a “young child” which means he was most likely a bit older.
So there you have it. The truth about Christmas spelled out for you as plain as day. Everything I’ve said here can be proven with a simple Google search, picking up your Bible, or this book(highly recommended), which contains tons of stuff you probably want to know if you’re a Bible fan. Some may ask why am I doing this or why am I trying to take the joy out of Christmas? I think it’s quite the opposite. Why would you rather mix and believe your sacred religious figure is associated with something God clearly wanted nothing to do with? Wouldn’t you rather know the truth? I would.
Do I expect people to stop celebrating Christmas the way we have for the last hundred years or have parties for JC’s birthday in the summer when it most likely occurred? of course not. But at least when this time comes around next year, you’ll actually know what you’re participating in and what you’re teaching your children and then you can make an informed decision on whether you want to continue doing those things. I love Christmas and this time of year. There’s nothing better than giving and spending time with your family and everyone taking a month out of their lives to be nice to each other. Until January rolls around. So Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and yours. Take the truth and spread it amongst your people.Follow @Travon
Originally Written Wednesday Dec 22th, 2010