The holidays are always the best time of the year for most, especially for children, businesses, those who love giving and those who enjoy receiving. Businesses earn over half their yearly income during this time. Families gather to share stories, sing songs, exchange gifts and enjoy all the festivities. Most people never ask, do you know the purpose of us decorating, why do I have to kiss him because I have this leaf above my head or where did Santa Clause come from? If you are under 11 years old, if you still believe in Santa or simply don’t want to know the truth, it’s fine. This post will be here when you are ready. This post isn’t for everyone but I couldn’t make any more posts this month on personal development and spirituality unless I posted the truth of this time of the year. I don’t want to ruin anyone’s Christmas (honestly) but isn’t withholding information even worse?
It is my vow to you to find the truth, post the truth and nothing but, okay? 😀
In my opinion, knowing the truth gives you the opportunity to choose whether or not this is something you want to pursue and why. With you in mind, my gift is the true story of Christmas beginnings. A chance for you to know where the holiday originated from and why. You deserve to know and because T.he R.est I.s P.ossible (<–Trip) you will know today!! 🙂
From Christ Mass to Christmas
In the 2nd century mid December, the traditions of Christmas originated in the northern hemisphere during the pagan celebration, “Winter Solstice.” They would celebrate and practice what was called, “the works of darkness”, by burning a log for twelve days while making animal and even human sacrifices. It was during the pre-Christian mid winter of Scandinavian Northman that started the traditions we celebrate today. Yule represented the sex and fertility god in which Pre Christian Rome celebrants worshipped.
Witchcraft traditions gave birth to many gods at this time. A Persian god, who was said to be born on the 25th of December. This god’s was named Mithra. He is known as the god of the unconquerable sun. Roman cults worshipped him as the god of the light between heaven and Earth, which symbolized the end to long nights and return to the dominance of the sun. Roman courts were closed during this time of the celebration so crimes were allowed and occurred often. Even children were allowed to celebrate in the mist of homosexuality, drunken orgies and cross dressing. The celebration would begin December 17th and lasts until December 24th. The 25th of December was reserved as a day of gift exchanges to celebrate the return of the sun-god. What was known as a Roman orgy later became the celebration called, “Saturnalia”, which represents Saturn the god of excess and agriculture. Which soon after was labeled, the festival of fools.”
In the 4th century governmental churches of Rome adopted the celebration into Christianity as a way to outlaw pagan practices. Churches confused Jesus’s birthday by changing biblical history with the birth of the sun-god, Mithra . In 1652, what was known as Christ Mass outlawed by the number of pagan practices in England. They used this tactic as a way of lure more pagans into the churches.
Oliver Cromwell lead a religious reform group called the Puritans. They attempted to keep the biblical mandate of Christianity pure and separate from paganism. By 1656, Christ Mass was definitely demanded by the public for legalization. King Charles II, appointed to the throne, restored England’s Monarchy and legalized Christ Mass causing the Puritans to leave England. The first of the settlers came to America in hopes for religious freedom without hierarchy. Aware of the dangers of their ancestral pagan practices, they hoped to get as far away from all the corruption that came with it.
Colonies of America soon followed England’s traditions in 1659. For 200 years clergy and New England battled to keep Saturnalia practices from filtering through to the New World. In 1828, New York was forced to create a professional police to control the rioting crowds during the celebration. Mid 19th century, American churches validated Christmas. The American Sunday School Society used a method to fill pews by supporting Christmas programs. They argued the children could learn about the birth of Christ through the Nativity. As a way to entice the families into accepting the holiday, despite the holiday’s root and history, they offered candy and treats to the children. The successful technic inspired what is now known as, Halloween, a day used to promote the acceptance of pagan rituals.
In 1843 Charles Dickens wrote, “A Christmas Carol”, which solidified Christmas in America. He came to America to promote his work in 1867. While travelling across the country, he read his book to audiences in theatres. By 1875, the attempt to stop the evolution of Christmas ceased and in 1890 all American states voted to make Christmas a legal holiday.
“12 Day of Christmas”
The 12 days in pagan ritual isn’t like the days we sing about today. During those 12 days worshippers used animal and even human as sacrificial offerings to the flames.
“Yule tide Carols”
Yule is represented by a huge log, cut in a fertility symbol and burned for 12 days while sacrifices were made as offerings to the sun god.
In pagan days an oil light wick lamp lit and place in the window for neighbors to be aware the household worshipped Yule.
In the 16oos, Scandinavian immigrants used evergreen and holly around the door to ward of evil. “Deck the halls with bow of holly“, is recited to acknowledge the nature gods. Wiccan ritual believe if holly or evergreen is shaped in a circle or reef, its power will intensify. Mistletoe was used to cast spells, it is said to have a woman seen as helpless and sexually open. That is why in today’s cultures when a woman is caught under the mistletoe she may be kissed and without resisting.
The Christmas Tree
Evergreen trees was represented by the sex and fertility god in pagan culture during the winter solstice. Worshippers would chop down, bring the tree inside the house and decorate it as an idol for worship. By bringing the tree into one’s home, confirmed the belief that the tree was sacred.
Now made up from many cultures and traditions, Santa Clause derived from the pagan element. He is acknowledged in most cultures throughout the world as a hearth. They were gods who guard the hearth, the chimney, kept the fire burning and things of that nature. They’d come mid winter, down the chimney to reward the ones who pleased him during the previous year and punish the ones who displeased him by performing curses or any form of punishment they seen fit.
During this wonderful time, it gives us the opportunity to build new family traditions and give back during the holidays. There’s nothing wrong with volunteering your time, donating goods or creating your own traditions to break the roots of the pagan ritual. We can break traditions by celebrating the most important things that money can’t buy, our loved ones and our lives. I hope you do your homework to find out more information on Christmas. I have posted links below to help you with your research. Thank you for coming. I hope you enjoyed today’s post and have taken something with you until next time!!
More Information on Christmas:
Christmas Origin– YouTube