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Tuesday, December 27, 2005 

Taking the Christ out of Christmas

It's time to delve into the origins of Christmas.

First, let's start off by listing some fallacies:
  • December 25th is Jesus Christ's birthday.
  • The Christmas tree is Christian.
  • The gift giving is inspired by St. Nicholas.
  • The Yule log, holly, mistletoe are all of Christian origin.

Those four are specifically recognized by Christians as part of their celebration of the first bullet-point. Now, several media types call what I am doing right now part of the "War on Christmas". Ok, so be it. However, i'll hop on a different side of this issue. Christmas is an Atheistic celebration. It's origin has no ties to any "gods" or "divine inspiration". In essence, what all of you Christians are doing is celebrating a Pagan tradition of observing the winter solstice.

The origins of Christmas, as we know it today, stem from long standing Pagan observatiosn of the winter solstice. Meaning when the sun is at it's southernmost point. Cultures have observed this time of the year long before the Christians even thought about tieing this into their belief structure. In fact, the Bible specifically warns against celebrating these traditions of "heathen/wordly" nations:

Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: 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] vain: for [one] cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they 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.
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Jeremiah 10:1-5

So, by celebrating Christmas with a tree and adorning it with shiny object, you are thereby going against a direct order from your Bible. All of these traditions were the direct result of Christianity trying to widen it's base. Christians weren't large enough in numbers to simply stomp out all of the Germanic/Scandinavian Pagan tribes of the time. So, they essentially pulled a fast one over them instead. These Germanic tribes celebrated the winter solstice, as well as several other Pagan cultures of the time did. When Christians came rolling in, they told a little white lie in that they observed a "holiday" at the same time but it had more of a meaning than a simple location of the Sun in the sky. So, the tribes of Germania and Scandinavia thought that they really wouldn't be sacrificing any of their traditions if they went along with this Christianity thing. After all, it had the benefit of undefined creator worship to boot while not trampling over their existing traditions!

As for the December 25th thing, well, this was taken from the worship of the Persian deity Mithra(a god of light and truth, Sun god). Though it wasn't directly taken from Persian culture, that is where Mirthaism began, in the Middle East. Instead, Christians took this aspect of Pagan culture from Roman legions with whom Mithra was wildly popular around 200 A.D. It just so happened that Mithra's day of birth was December 25th. So, in an effort to gain even more acceptance, the fledgling religion added December 25th as the day of Christ's birth. I'd speculate that this was done in order to confuse the masses by blurring the lines between the two religions. Christianity eventually won the Roman people over. There is no mention in any Christian text as to the specific date of Jesus Christ's birth.

On to the gift-giving. The Nordic people's held that their god Thor chose Yule(observation of the winter solstice) as a time to deliver presents. He did so by enlisting the help of his two flying goats Gnasher and Crasher to pull his sled full of presents. Thor became known as "Klaus of the cinders", aka Sinter Klaus(the inspiration for Father Christmas) because people believed he would get singed walking through all of the Yule log's/winter fires. You can safely lump the other traditions I named, holly and mistletoe, with Yule. Nevermind that gift giving wasn't even popular amongst Christians until a little over 100 years ago.

In conclusion, there is zero reason, or evidence, for Christians to observe Christmas. In fact, the bible warns against it. Yet, here they are every year on television trying to stir up shit about people attacking "Christmas". Every year, in their homes, huddling around Pagan trees watching the Pope give a midnight mass. As with most cases involving Christians and the Bible, it's one giant contradiction after another.

So, I say to you Christians: Merry Christsmas, Happy Chanukah, and Happy Coldest Day of the Year(for Muslims). Feel free to worship your meaningless, undefined deity on this Atheistic holiday. After all, it's simply a collection of stolen traditions from Pagan religions that most likely had their roots in a celebration of the Sun's position in the sky.

One more thing for you Christians, HAPPY FUCKING HOLIDAYS! Is that not the most pathetic thing to get upset about? Further proof that the puppeteers behind the U.S. media have nothing else to do except divide the country at every possible crossroad; furthering the ochestrated society we live in today.

Hi there,
I really believe, what you have posted is right. I am a christian and I always wondered why I felt so uneasy at christmas, when the family was sitting around the beautifully decorated tree and gifts were exchanged. I always had this feeling of s.th not being right about this celebration. But how do I get away from all of this? The children are expecting tree and gifts, grandma believes the tradition has to be upheld for the kids sake. I always wanted to just run away the minute the christmas season started. I feel trapped and forced to celebrate christmas , when all I would like to have is a couple of stress free days. Do not misunderstand, I believe Christ was born and he died for our sins and he will most definetely come back and rule the earth, but I do not want to partake in this hype called christmas!!!

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