Christmas History: Christmas is one of the most important celebrations in the whole world. It is an important milestone for us, the end of a year, time for gifts, celebrations, family reunions and – for practicing Christians – an emotional religious celebration.
Christmas: the true story of its origin
Although Christmas is currently a time of gifts, celebrations and family reunions, the truth is that its origin actually responds to other historical factors that involve the powerful Roman Empire , pagan rites and have little to do with the historical fact they commemorate: The birth of baby Jesus.
We all know that on December 25 the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is commemorated , but the truth is that the exact date of this historical fact is unknown. The analysis of certain fragments of the Gospels, as well as other documents of that time, have allowed historians to make different hypotheses about the birth of Jesus Christ. Some speak of April or May, while others conclude that it was in September or October.
The pagan origin of Christmas
Although we usually associate the origin of Christmas with Christian myths and Catholicism, since it represents the birth of the baby Jesus; Actually, this is a mistake, at least as we have accepted Christmas today.
Precisely because of this doubt between pagan Christmas and Christian Christmas, there was a case in 1990, in which the school board of Solon (Ohio) decided to eliminate all representations of Christmas in any school setting, since it was a practice in against the secular state of the city, that is, did not respect the separation between Church and State. Likewise, the board lost the case because the families opposed their children not being able to celebrate Christmas at school, arguing that the practice of Christmas was a secular act and was part of all the cultures of the world. Although the junta lost the case, they did manage to eliminate the prayers and the reading of the bible, associated with the celebration of Christmas.
The origin of Christmas is not Christian at all. As you read in the beginning of this article, the origin of Christmas is pagan. The first time we can hear about the Christmas celebrated on December 25 (as we know it today) came almost two centuries after the birth of Christ so, even after the birth of the baby Jesus, Christmas was still celebrated in around the figure of Saturn that the Romans implanted.
The Romans celebrated the Roman Saturnalia , which was nothing more than a festival that represented the winter solstice and honored the god Saturn. During this party, the Romans were upset and therefore, the few Christians who existed at that time, were opposed to these celebrations so uncontrolled. In this way it is said that Christmas arose to replace the celebration of Saturn , king of the Sun., which in English is “sun”, so it was taken as the birth of the son of God, which in English is “son”. Later, when the Christian religion was imposed throughout the Roman Empire, King Justinian declared Christmas as a civic festivities, although this composure lasted little, because in the Middle Ages the holidays became days to drink and be partying From morning to night.
In fact, if we look at ancient customs, it can seem very strange to celebrate the birth of someone because in the first centuries of the Christian Church, people used to celebrate the death of the people who were important and not their births.
We also have to observe the following quote to realize that, in reality, this holiday is not accepted in the Bible .
For they honor me in vain, teaching as doctrines, the commandments of men “(Matthew 15: 9). Christmas is not a commandment of God – it is a tradition of men. Christ continued: “Well you invalidate the commandment of God to keep your tradition. (Mark 7: 9)
The pagan origin of Christmas: Saturn
The Saturnalia was celebrated when the sun was lowest in the sky and, thus, the days became longer. That symbolized growth. During this time Saturn was honored, god of the Sun and fire. It was also related to agriculture, because it needed the sun to be able to sow and crops to grow. The winter festival called this sun god to come back and the crops continued to grow.
The planet Saturn also takes the name of this God, because its rings and the red color marked this association.
In the rest of civilizations and cultures , there was also this god of fire and sun. In Egypt they called him Vulcan, the Greeks called him Cronos, the Babylonians Tamuz (or Nimrod when he rose again in his son) and Moloc or Baal for the Druids. For them, all these gods were Nimrod, considered the father of the Babylonian gods.
Saturn was also considered a devourer of children because, being the father of the gods, he must have an unblemished character. Carrying the name of Chronos , tells the story that devoured their children as they were born.
If you are wondering why they considered it necessary to sacrifice children to worship this god, it is simply because they believed in fire as something divine that cleansed the sins and defects that were passed down from generation to generation, so that children had to burn them to eliminate these genetics.
The Christian origin of Christmas: Nimrod
Nimrod, besides being one of the original gods of history, was also a biblical figure. In Genesis it is explained that Nimrod tried to replace God. According to him, if God tried to drown the world again, he would build a very tall tower that no one could reach.
Nimrod is constituted as the first rebel of humanity that was worshiped by false religions, under many different names.
In the Old Testament we can observe many condemnations of God towards Israel for following false religions and abiding customs that were not due.
The origin of the Christmas name
As we say, the name of Christmas can come associated with different origins. The first of them is for the Nativity, as the birth of Christ; Taking into account also, the name of the Saturnalia. But it also arises from the word cannibal , a common practice in those who worshiped Saturn, since Saturn himself devoured his children.