Well let me start by wishing us a merry Christmas, today is all about the birth of a baby boy, a saviour to the world. Even though there are a lot of controversies regarding his date of birth not indicated in the bible, well am not here to talk about that.
Christmas is celebrated all over the world, but there are some regions of course where Christmas can’t be celebrated. But do we know how Christmas was invented; well here is the story.
Christmas is the celebration of the time when the days start to lengthen, which in the Northern hemisphere, is in the middle of winter. Many religions in history have claimed winter solstice as a holy day. Nowadays Christians believed they invented Christmas and that is wrong.
Before Christmas, Paganism was first used in the 4th century by early Christians in the Roman Empire who practiced Polytheism. December 25 was believed to be the day pagans worship their gods, in other words Christmas was pagan before it was adopted and renamed by Christians. The catholic encyclopaedia of 1908 states that;
“Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church. Irenaeus and Tertullian omit it from their lists of feasts” the catholic encyclopaedia article concludes that when later Christians adopted the date of the 25th of December for Jesus’ birth.
In fact, most Christmas customs are based on old pagan festivals, the Roman Saturnalia and the Scandinavian and Teutonic Yule. Christians adopted these during the earliest period of church history. Only the more radical fundamentalist elements in some churches protest from time to time about the mixing pf ‘pagan’ elements into the Christian religion.
A lot of debate over the issue of Christmas keep coming up each year, a lot of people don’t know the history of Christmas, but I hope I didn’t confuse you but convince you about the history of Christmas.
“This is what the lord says: Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.”
Jeremiah 10:2-4 (NIV).
So tell me what do you know about Christmas or should I say Christmas was invented by the Catholics to replace the pagan religion, what is your thought about this? Place your answer in the comment section below, I will be happy to read your reply in the comment section.