Christmas, Christianity and Culture – My question

Now that Christmas is over and countless number so of Christians, agnostics and atheists alike are racking up the 19-22% interest on their credit cards for things that will be broken or on the shelf with in the next 6 months (will you REALLY play Guitar Hero 2 after Guitar Hero 3 comes out in the spring or summer?), I have a question that has been bugging me the last few days.

Now, let me say this, I love being with my family this time of year. Especially this year since we were afforded the opportunity to appreciate each other more this year rather than focus on material gifts. That’s why I did the 12 Days of Christmas posts. I’m not one of these anti-Christmas people (I think that would make me a Jehovah’s Witness, right?) But allow me to ask a question: What holiday did Christians INVENT?

Most of the more important Christian holidays were not created Christian. Allow me to explain:
Easter – pagan celebration of fertility (hence the eggs and rabbits)

Christmas – pagan celebration of Saturnalia and Juvenalia. Didn’t become a recognized Christian holiday until 400 AD when the church wanted to convert the pagans. It hijacked their celebration and tried to make it about God. Because the traditions of the pagan celebration continued into Christmas celebrations – drunkeness, reverlry, fights, sexuality (missletoe wasn’t originally for kisses!) and other wild things – Christmas was originally banned in America. In fact, the 1st December 25th in America was just a regular day.

Now I know that Easter is SUPPOSED to be about the death, burial and resurrection of Christ – but its not how we celebrate it. We celebrate it with a rabbit that lays colorful eggs, which are pagan symbols of the goddess of fertility.

So we tried to reach the pagans by hijacking their holidays and changing their meanings – BUT WHAT DID WE INVENT? Is the climax of Christianity’s impact on culture simply limited to the theft of pagan culture and rituals?

Christ did an amazing thing at Calvary. Did we lose our own sense of how we should honor him? Did we have to resort to seeing the way others honor their gods to get an idea of how we should honor the Everlasting Father who calls us His own?

What do you think?

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2 Comments »

  1. Jeffjazzy Said:

    What difference does it make if Christian’s invented the holiday? None. That is if you insist on following the same course pursued by The Jews as is considered in the “OT” portion of the Bible. They too made the serious error of trying to fuse and adopt the pagan celebrations and gods into their lofty, spiritually clean form of worship only to be punished severly by their God. They tainted what they had so badly they became no different in their worship from the pagans they were surrounded by. Those who can’t see what’s wrong with adopting pagan customs into a faith that represents the Son of God are blinded by the light and are making the same tragic mistakes made by the Jews’over and over. This is exactly why the record of their actions and consequences are preserved for us in Scripture from Exodus through Malachi on into the “NT”. This makes it unexcusable for any so called Christian to be adopting into their worship any custom’s, rites, symbols or holidays that has at it’s roots’ pagan foundation’s or more precisely Satanic originated influences. Some people have awoken to this reality and cut ties with these influences. What will you do? Here we go again! Trying to force God to lower his clean standards just so WE can feel good periodically throughout the year by imitating demon inspired hoildays masking as Christian. You can’t dress up such things and expect God to not hold you accountable forever.

  2. Carla Hays Said:

    This post hit close to home for me, because when I learned about the “roots” of Christmas and Easter, I just couldn’t look at them the same way anymore. I was raised with Christmas and Easter pageants, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, trees and eggs, and so on on and so on. I’ve asked a few pastors and other Christian leaders questions about Good Friday, Christ’s birthday, (even if we knew when it was exactly, there are no instructions in God’s word about celebrating it). I have received everything from blank stares to overt hostility that I would even bring it up, to just outright “winging” it on the spot about how that’s just the way it’s been done forever. I’ve never been able to completely give up the family gatherings and festivities around those two days, but I have completely erased Christ from either celebration. I don’t think He was ever in them, nor do I believe that He just shrugs his shoulders and thinks it’s fine to make those into Christian celebrations. Therefore, I have lost all guilt that comes in cards that say “Jesus is the reason for the Season”, and I just giggle to myself when people raise a ruckus about Nativity scenes or Santa displays in government spaces or in schools. Both sides are making much ado about nothing if they only knew it. Taking Christ out of these days seems to me to be the solution, for me anyway. I have fun, gather with my family, give money and food to those who aren’t as fortunate as we are, and just treat these days as I do Thanksgiving or the Fourth of July. That’s just me, and I certainly don’t judge anyone who still celebrates those days as Christian days, nor do I judge those who refuse to celebrate them at all.


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