A few weeks ago, there was a great debate about how Starbucks ruined Christmas for some. There was an uproar from Pastors and some church leaders saying that with only red in the holiday cups of the popular coffee company, Christmas has essentially been erased.
But some Christians didn’t actually join in the call for a boycott, or some life-threatening move. Some actually think that Christmas is something people don’t get. And this few, unpopular mass doesn’t believe that Christmas ought to be celebrated at all.
The Truth About Christmas
They believe that Christmas doesn’t actually celebrate Jesus’ birth, but the birth of a god. Some say it’s Nimrod who, in the earlier parts of the Bible, stood before YHWH, built the pagan city of Babylon, and started the paganistic rituals we know today as Christmas.
There are also reports of Christmas, December 25 to be exact, having originated from honoring Saturn, the god of sowing. This is done during winter solstice. It was Emperor Justinian, who made Christmas a national holiday in 529 A.D., after Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.
In the Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911, under “Christmas,” it was stated that “Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church…the first evidence of the feast is from Egypt.”
Was Jesus born on December 25?
The answer is no. According to studies, Jesus was born in the fall of the years. In this Adam Clarke Commentary, volume 5, page 370, New York edition:
“It was custom among Jews to send out their sheep to the deserts about the Passover [early spring], and bring them home at the commencement of the first rain.” The first rains began in early-to-mid fall. Continuing with this same quote: “During the time they were out, the shepherds watched them night and day. As…the first rain began early in the month of March-esvan, which answers to part of our October and November [begins sometime in October], we find that the sheep were kept out in the open country during the whole summer. And as these shepherds had not yet brought home their flocks, it is a presumptive argument that October had not yet commenced, and that, consequently, our Lord was not born on the 25th of December, when no flocks were out in the fields; nor could He have been born later than September, as the flocks were still in the fields by night. On this very ground, the nativity in December should be given up. The feeding of the flocks by night in the fields is a chronological fact…See the quotations from the Talmudists in Lightfoot.”
This means that the shepherds would not be able to stand the cold, if we are to look at Luke 2:8.
There are other traditions that other Christians find offensive in celebrating Christmas. One of them is exchanging gifts.
Under Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th ed., vol. II, p. 903:
“In the Roman world, the Saturnalia (December 17) was a time of merrymaking and exchanging of gifts. December 25 was also regarded as the birthdate of the Iranian mystery god Mithra, the Sun of Righteousness. On the Roman New Year (January 1), houses were decorated with greenery and lights, and gifts were given to children and the poor. To these observances were added the German and Celtic Yule rites when the Teutonic tribes penetrated into Gaul, Britain and central Europe. Food and good fellowship, the Yule log and Yule cakes, greenery and fir trees, gifts and greetings all commemorated different aspects of this festive season. Fires and lights, symbols of warmth and lasting life, have always been associated with the winter festival, both pagan and Christian.”
Then there’s Santa Claus and the Christmas tree. There are other things that make some Christians skip this season, regardless of being called The Grinch and all. So there’s a lot of debate as to whether Christmas should be celebrated or not. Read more on the subject matter in this link.
How about you? What truth about Christmas do you know? Do you believe them? Join the conversation below.