Is Christmas about Christ?
So, you think christmas is a holiday about the birth of the saviour Jesus Christ? It is in my most humble opinion that you are mistaken. Did any of you know about the atrocities that took place years before this Christ guy rolled into town? Most of the so called,"holidays," that are celebrated today came from way before you might think.
October 31st; To the mundayne it is called Halloween or All Hallows Eve. To the wiccan, it is called Samhain (sow-inn) or (sah-veen) An ancient holiday based on the cross quarter of the year in which marks the death of the Lord and the start of a new year. Many have heard how on that particular night the veil between the living and the dead is at it's thinnest.
December 21st; The secular world may call this christmas, Yule, or Winter Solstice. The truth is that all of the customs of christmas pre-date the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas today is a collection of traditions and practices taken from many cultures. The date of December 25th comes from Rome and was a celebration of the Italian god, Saturn, and the rebirth of the sun god. This was done long before the birth of Christ. It was noted by the pre-christian Romans and other Pagans, that daylight began to increase after December 22nd, when they assumed that the sun god died. These ancients believed that the sun god rose from the dead three days later as the new-born sun. Might this be the reason for increasing daylight? This was enough reason to shall we say, party? Sacred priests of Saturn, called Dendrophori, carried wreaths of evergreen boughs as well as gifts. In Germany, the evergreen tree was used in worship and celebration of the yule god, also in observance of that aforementioned resurrected sun god. The evergreen tree was a symbol of the essence of life and was to represent a phallic symbol in fertility worship. (That means the gentlemanly parts.) Witches and other Pagans used red holly as a symbol of the menstrual blood of the queen of heaven, also known as Diana. The white berries of mistletoe were believed by Pagans to represent droplets of the semen. So a few years pass and here we are today. How did all of these customs find their way into contemporary Christianity and it's branches? The word "christmas" tells you whose idea this was. The word "Mass" means death and comes from the roman catholic church, and belongs to the church of rome. The ritual of the Mass involves the death of christ, and the distribution of the "Host", the body of christ. "Host,"a word taken from the Latin word "hostiall." By the way means victim! So, as you may start to realize, christmas is strictly a christian word.
February 2nd; Groundhog's Day. Huh? Yep, you'd better bet your buttermilk biscuits! Pagans will refer to this one as Ibolc, and is celebrated as the renewing fertility of the Earth. There is a feeling that Spring is on it's way. No wonder Groundhogs day is celebrated here to reassure us to hold on for just a few more weeks.
March 21st; Ostara/The Spring Equinox. Some symbols of this holiday are associated with easter, the ancient Egyptians and Persians dyed eggs in honor of the returning Spring.
April 30th; Easter/Beltane It's all the same story of the death of the son (sun) on a cross (the southerncross, a constellation) and his rebirth. Inanna ,a Sumerian goddess, was hung naked on a stake, and was resurrected and she then ascended from the underworld. Cybele's lover Attis, in the Cybelle Cult, whose mother was a virgin, died and was reborn annually. Baking cakes and bread is old skool too! In the Old Testament we see Isrealites baking sweet breads for a god as religious leaders try to put a stop to it. So now they bless it instead. Is this starting to ring a bell?
So, now the big picture is coming into view. I don't want christianity to get all the credit. Sure, they can have the credit for beating back thousands of years of traditions and rites just to convert these so called, "heathens," to a religion that if they don't worship, they will be slain. No problem, but I don't think they will be going over that at this weeks services.
Please, I emplore you, go out and see the world for what it is. Read a book or two, visit a webpage, and don't just accept the first thing you are told. Because chances are that the very symbol you wear around your neck may not have come from where you think it did. Realize that all of this, that you see before you, didn't just happen over night. The next time you paint your kid's face for Halloween, or the next time you put ornaments on your christmas tree realize that maybe this is an old tradition that came from a magikal place far away, a long time ago. Many years have passed, many of lives lost, and many of lies told have painted this picture of holidays as they are celebrated today.