CHRISTMAS Gifts, History and Celebrations

CHRISTMAS

“CHRISTMAS” is believed to be celebrated on the day, when Jesus was born. The popular myth is that his birthday is celebrated on December 25th in the year 1 C.E. But, in the New Testament, the date or birth year of Jesus is not mentioned. The earliest gospel which is written by St. Mark’s in the year 65 CE starts with the baptism of an adult Jesus. This clearly indicates us that the early Christians are not interested in knowing the date of birth of Jesus Christ. Dionysius Exiguss, a Scythian monk who was also an “abbot of a Roman monastery, made a calculation to find out the exact birth year of Jesus by following these methods:

  • In Rome, before the birth of Jesus Christ, they used “aburbe condita” technique to find out as to in which year they are at present. Thus, 1 A.U.C. means the year in which Rome was discovered. 5 A.U.C. means the fifth year of reign in Rome and 10 A.U.C. means the tenth year of reign in Rome and so on.
  • Dionysius discovered a tradition which existed in Rome. The tradition is that the Roman emperor Augustus ruled Rome for 43 years and now, he is going to be succeeded by Roman emperor Tiberius.
  • It is mentioned in Luke 3:1, 23 that, during the 15th year in the reign of Tiberius, Jesus turned 30 years old.
  • During Tiberius reign, if the age of Jesus was 30 years, then He must have lived 15 years even before the reign of Tiberius i.e. He must have lived during the reign of Augustus.
  • Dionysius put Jesus birth in 754 A.U.C. because; Augustus proclaimed the throne in 727 A.U.C.
  • But, the birth date of Jesus was placed in the year 750 A.U.C. in Luke 1:5. It was believed that Jesus was born in the days of Herod but, Herod died in 750 A.U.C. It was four years before, the year in which Dionysius places the birth of Jesus Crist.

Joseph A. Fitz Myer, Professor Emeritus of Biblical studies at the Catholic University of America, member of Pontifical Biblical Commission, and former president of the Catholic Biblical Association – writing in the Catholic Church’s official commentary on the New Testament states that, “Though the birth year of Jesus Christ is not stated with certainty, the birth of Jesus Christ does not take place in A.D. 1. Because of some small miscalculation done by Dionysius Exiguus, in calculating the birth year of Jesus Christ, the Christian era does not start from ca. 533.

The birth of Jesus Christ was placed on March 28 based on an anonymous document named “DePaschaComputus”, which has been written in North Africa around 243 C.E. Clement, a bishop of Alexandria who lived during d. ca. 215 C.E. assumed that Jesus was born on 18th of November.  With the help of historical records, Fitz Myer assumes that Jesus birth occurred on 11th of September in the year 3 B.C.E.

From where did the tradition of celebrating Christmas come?

  • “Saturnalia”, a week long period of lawlessness was first introduced by Roman pagans. This “Saturnalia” was celebrated during the period of December 17th – December 25th. During this period, the Roman courts will be closed and the Roman Law states that no individual should be punished during the week-long celebration of “Saturnalia”. The festival will begin when, the Roman authorities chooses an enemy of the people of Rome. It is done to represent the “Lord of Misrule”. Each Roman community selected a victim whom they forced to indulge in food and other physical pleasures throughout the week. At the end of the festival, on December 25th, Roman authorities believed they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering this innocent man or innocent woman.
  • Lucian, the ancient Greek writer, poet and historian, in his dialogue entitled Saturnalia, described the observance of festival in his time. In addition to human sacrifice, he mentions these customs:
  • Widespread intoxication
  • Going from house to house while singing naked.
  • Rape and other sexual license.
  • And consuming human-shaped biscuits. These human-shaped biscuits are still produced in some English and most German bakeries during the Christmas season.
  • Christianity imported the Saturnalia festival in the hope of taking the pagan masses with it during the 4th century C.E. Large number of pagans were converted to Christianity by Christians by promising those pagans that they can continue to celebrate Saturnalia,

Even though, they have been converted as Christians, they are given the permission to celebrate Saturnalia.

  • The problem is that there is nothing that resembles Christian while celebrating Saturnalia. To fix this problem, Christian leaders made December 25the. the concluding day of Saturnalia as “Jesus” Birthday.
  • By refining the practices of Saturnalia, the Christians had a little success. “In return for confirming the huge observance of the anniversary of the Savior’s birth, they assigned it to this resonant date, the Church accepted to celebrate the holiday, in a more or less the way it was always been.” The earliest Christmas holidays were celebrated by drinking, sexual indulgence, singing naked in the streets (a precursor of modern caroling), etc.
  • In the year of 1687, in Boston, the Reverend Increase Mather observed that, “the early Christians who first observed the Nativity on December 25did not do so thinking that Christ was born in that Month, but due to Heathens’ Saturnalia was kept in Rome at that time, they are interested to have those Pagan Holidays metamorphosed into Christian ones”. When they have discovered that Christmas was originated from pagan, the Puritans and its observance banned Christmas. Celebrating Christmas was illegal in Massachusetts during the period of 1659-1681. However, Christmas was and also still celebrated by most of the Christians.
  • In 1466, some of the most deprived customs of Saturnalia carnival were intentionally revived by the Catholic Church, when Pope Paul II, for the amusement of his Roman citizens, forced Jews to race naked through the streets of the city. An eyewitness account reports, “Before they were to run, the Jews were richly fed, so as to make the race more difficult for them and at the same time more amusing for spectators. They ran… amid Rome’s taunting shrieks and peals of laughter, while the Holy Father stood upon a richly ornamented balcony and laughed heartily”.
  • Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries CE, as a part of Saturnalia carnival, the rabbis of the ghetto, who were in Rome, were forced to wear clownish outfits and march through the city streets to the jeers of the crowd, and pelted by a variety of missiles. When Pope Gregory XVI received a petition begging him to stop the annual Saturnalia abuse of the Jewish community, he stated that, “It is not opportune to make any innovation”. There were riots across the country on December 25, 1881because; the Christian leaders whipped the Polish masses into Anti-Semitic frenzies. In Warsaw 12 Jews were brutally murdered, huge numbers maimed, and many Jewish women were raped. Two million rubles worth of property was destroyed.

From where, the customs of Christmas originated?

  • The origin of Christmas tree:

The Church sanctioned the “Christmas Trees” and also recruited worshippers of the Asheira cult and its offshoots, just like the way when, the early Christians recruited Roman pagans by associating Christmas with the Saturnalia. The Christian veneer observed that, the Pagans has long been worshipping the trees of the forest, so, he brought those trees into their homes and decorated them and also painted them with Christian veneer by the Church.

  • The Origin of Mistletoe:

The god Holder fought and killed his rival god Balder by using a mistletoe arrow. They fought between them because; they both wanted the female Nanna. Mistletoe is used in druid rituals to poison their sacrificial victim i.e. human. The later synthesis of the sexual license of Saturnalia with the Druidic sacrificial cult was a Christian custom of “kissing under the mistletoe”.

From where did the Christmas presents originated?

In pre-Christian Rome, during the months of Saturnalia (in December) and Kalends (in January), the emperors compelled their most despised citizens to bring offerings and gifts. Due to this ritual, the general populace included gift giving. The Catholic Church modified this custom by introducing the gift-giving of Saint Nicholas into their customs and traditions by giving Christmas presents on Christmas.

How did the Santa Claus originated?

  • In the year 270 CE, a person named Nicholas was born in Parara, Turkey and later on he became the Bishop of Myra. In the year 345 CE, on December 6th, he died. Only in the year 19th century, he was called as a saint.
  • The Council of Nicaea was convened in the year 325 CE, by a bishop named Nicholas, who was among the most senior of all the bishops. Nicholas also created the New Testament. The text that they produced explains clearly that the Jews are “the children of the devil”, who sentenced Jesus to death.
  • The bones of Nicholas were moved by a group of sailors, from Turkey to a sanctuary in Bari, Italy in the year 1087. A female boon-giving deity called the Grandmother, or PasquaEpiphania, who used to fill the children’s stockings with her gifts, was supplanted by Nicholas. The center of the Nicholas cult was ousted by a Grandmother from her shrine at Bari. On December 6, on the anniversary of Nicholas’ death, members of the group gave gifts, annuallyby conducting a pageant.
  • The German and Celtic pagans adopted the Nicholas cult as it was spread in the north. These groups were worshipped byPantheon, whowas led by Woden-their chief god and the father of Thor, Balder and Tiw. In one evening, in each autumn, Woden, who had a long, white beard, rode a horse through the heavens. When Woden was merged with Nicholas, he shed his Mediterranean appearance, grew a beard, mounted a flying horse, rescheduled his flight for December, and donned heavy winter clothing.
  • The tradition of distributing gifts on December 6th was shifted to December 25th because, the Catholic Church adopted Nicholas cult and thought that they should also distribute gifts on December 25th, for a bid for pagan adherents in Northern Europe.
  • “Knickerbocker History” a satire of Dutch culture, was written by a novelist named Washington Irving in the year 1809. His most famous novels were The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. Santa Claus is the Dutch name of Saint Nicholas, who has a white beard and a flying-horse, which is often referred to as the Satire.
  • In the year 1822, a poem based on the character Santa Claus was written by Dr. Clement Moore, who is a professor at Union Seminary, who read about “Knickerbocker History”. The poem was: “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in the hope that Saint Nicholas soon would be there…” Moore made it even more interesting by portraying a Santa with eight reindeer who descended through chimneys.
  • The modern picture of Santa Claus was almost completed by a Bavarian illustrator, named as Thomas Nast. For Harper’s Weekly, Nast drew more than 2,200 cartoon images of Santa during the period of 1862 through 1886.Nast drew those Santa images based on Moore’s poem. Even before Nast could draw the pictures of Santa, Saint Nicholas had been pictured everything from a stern looking bishop to a gnome-like figure in a frock. Santa was given a home in the North Pole by Nast. His workshop was filled with elves and also his list of good and bad children of the world. The Red outfit was missing for the Santa.
  • Haddon Sundblom, a Swedish commercial artist was contracted by the Coca Cola Corporation in the year 1931 to create a coke-drinking Santa. Lou Prentice was chosen by Sundblom to be as Santa. He was chosen particularly for his cheerful and chubby face. The corporation ordered that Santa’s fur-trimmed suit be bright, Coca Cola red. With a blend of Christian crusader, pagan god, and commercial idol, Santa was born.

 

What is the Challenge of Christmas?

  • The holiday which is always been celebrated carelessly is Christmas. The season’s festivities have been swept by pagans, Christians and even Jews for millennia. And only few people pause to consider celebrations, intrinsic meaning, history or origins.
  • There was a curse named “curse of the Torah”. To rescue the people from the curse, the Christian god came to this world. So, the birth of the Christian god is celebrated as Christmas. Within 24 hours, Judaism was declared as no longer valid.
  • Christmas is not true i.e. it is a lie. There is no clear evidence and also there is no tradition that December 25th is the actual day when Jesus was born.
  • Jews are shamed, tortured and murdered on December 25th.
  • The customs of keeping Christmas trees, mistletoe, Christmas presents, and Santa Claus are the most popular Christian customs, which are the modern incarnations of the most depraved pagan rituals ever practiced on earth.

 

Most of the people who celebrate Christmas, do not know about the real meaning and also the real significance for providing holiday on Christmas. Even though, they know the real meaning and also the real significance, they think that the holiday has no connection with the history of the holiday and also for its monstrous meaning. They will say that, “we are just having fun”, that’s it they will say.

 

For instance, and just for imagination, if the Nazi regime celebrated Adolf Hitler’s birthday on April 20th during the period between 1933 – 1945,  and also declared April 20th as a holiday. For instance, if they celebrated that day by feasting, drunkenness, gift-giving and various pagan practices because it is birthday of Hitler. And also, just because it is the birthday of Hitler, they also named that day as “Hitlerday”. And also on the birthday of Hitler, just imagine that the Jews were historically subject to perverse tortures and abuse and also it continued for centuries.

For instance, if your great-great-great-grandchildren are ready to celebrate Hitler day.  April 20th has also arrived.  The history of Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen has been forgotten by them long back. The gas chambers or death marches are never heard by them. Without knowing the history, they have already purchased champagne and caviar and they are ready to begin the party, but, when someone explained about the real history of the day and the agony that their ancestors’ felt. For instance, if they objected in the beginning and said a statement that, “We aren’t celebrating the Holocaust; we’re just having a little “Hitlerday” party”. What would you advise them to do on “Hitlerday” if you happened to meet them by travelling forward in time?

Julius Streicher, one of the most vicious of Hitler’s assistants, celebrated Christmas on December 25, 1941, by penning the following editorial in his rabidly Antisemitic newspaper, Der Stuermer:

If anyone feels that, they really want to put an end to the continued prospering of this curse from heaven that is the Jewish blood, there is only one way to do it: to eliminate this people, this Satan’s son, root and branch.

This is a correct thought for the day. How will we celebrate this Christmas?