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Celebrate Your Family Christmas Holidays, Have A Happy Pagan Christmas

Updated on August 8, 2011

Christmas is a magical time. A time where people get together, feast and be merry. It is, indeed, the best family Christmas holiday, but did you know that it was orginally a pagan Christmas celebration and not a Christian?


Have you ever thought about how the yuletide came into being?


Why use this date to celebrate the birth of Christ, rather than any other and how did this celebration get adopted?

These questions may not even have entered your mind, yet alone be up for analytical query.

In this article, I will attempt to inform you of the facts pertaining to this celebration.

In short, you are celebrating a pagan Christmas!

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It might surprise you that Santa Claus never used to be the big red jolly bearded man that you have come to love. In true British tradition, from which the concept stemmed from, his outfit used to be depicted as green. It wasn’t until coke-a-cola adopted the figure for the American market, that he has been advertised in red.

Druid Ritual on the Tor, Winter Solstice.
Druid Ritual on the Tor, Winter Solstice.

Family Christmas Holidays Must Include Santa Claus - the Jolly Green Man!

Of course we all believe that Santa Claus exists – he is magic and is the only person that can do what he can do. However, whether he has decided to go with the status quo and change his dress to suit his young friends is rather a mystery. The fact of the matter is that he used to be a jolly green man. The green man is significant of a pagan chrismas central to the winter solstice celebrations. If you want to learn more about the green man, please click here.

The reason for this is that in the times where paganism was rife, he represented nature. Nature is often thought of as green and as the earth is the giver of life, what greater present is this to the people who were entering into the darkness of winter. This is a time where the earth rests and sleeps. As growth slows down, the availability of food becomes less.

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Winter Solstice.  A collection of Pagans at Worship.  Glastonbury, The Healing Spring of Chalice Well.
Winter Solstice. A collection of Pagans at Worship. Glastonbury, The Healing Spring of Chalice Well.

Winter Solstice - A Time For A Pagan Christmas

It is these days that nothing can afford to be wasted. The harvest has been long gone and stocks start to dwindle. Pagans, the wise men and women of the community, use this time to honour the Gods.

The 21st December is the shortest day in the calendar. Fires are lit – a symbol of light, of hope and a wish for a good fertile year to follow. Prays, in the form of incantations and love are sent up with the flames. Singing, chanting and dancing all help elevate the vibration. This draws individuals together into unity, love and celebration of life. Good thoughts of life, fertility and peace to all men are sung bringing to each other a feeling of ‘one in the spirit’.

Wishes are made and messages from thought or word are gifted to the fire. Flames flow upward toward the ethereal. From this day forward the days will start to get longer and lighter. The fire signifies this too. This day is the Winter Solstice, one of the most important and most celebrated days in the pagan calendar. As the days become lighter, time then moves closer to the Summer Solstice.

Jesus Was Born In Spring - A Time Of Lambing

This is the 21st June, the longest, lightest day of the year. As you can see this time is most significant because it is about the cyclic nature of life.

As some scholars suggest, it is unlikely that Jesus was born on 25th December. As shepherds watch their flocks by night, the weather conditions during December would have made this too cold to do this. It is thought that it would be more likely that Jesus was born in spring, during the period of lambing. Please click here for the evidence.

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Hug A Tree!

Tree worship is paramount in Pagan ritual, particularly during festivals. The Christmas tree is an evergreen symbolising eternal life and is worshipped by Pagans. This idea evolved originally from the worship of the old Oak trees, however, somewhere along the line, this worship was transferred to the tree we now know and love.

In order to ward off evil spirits, Pagans and Druids place evergreen branches over their doors. This tradition has stuck within today’s Christmas celebrations.

People keep mistletoe, holly and ivy over doors and as decoration. This ritual remains with the world’s Pagans as with Christians of today.

Winter Solstice is a very mystical time of year. It has been celebrated for hundreds of years. All the left over fruits, nuts and suet, amongst other foodstuffs, was used and spiced up for the festival feast. This still goes on today. Christmas pudding, cake and mince pies has that familiar nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon taste. This helps with food preservation and contains healing properties, well known with the wise men and women of the Pagans.

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Enjoy The Best Family Christmas, Albeit Pagan

As this time of year was special and had a magical feel, Christianity adopted this as a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. It was a way of stamping out a religion that was thought of as spiritually unacceptable. Hijacking Winter Solstice, by moving the festival to the 25th, helped to change a tradition that had been long ingrained. The ordinary ‘peasant’ would not really even notice much of a change, so the behaviour modification technique worked.

So, enjoy the best family Christmas holidays ever with blessings, but understand that you are celebrating a pagan Christmas.  Blessed Be.

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    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      5 years ago from Great Britain

      ubanichijioke - 'forgive them father for they know not what they do!' They just don't know. Just like the muslim extremists dont know that, actually, the Koran preaches respect to universal religions and that each tribe should love and respect each other for their diversity. It is all based on sufism... the law of love.

      All religions, stripped down, is the law of love.

      Blessings to you x

    • ubanichijioke profile image

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      5 years ago from Lagos

      wow! This is really great work put together here. I hope many people read this especially the so-called christians.

      But I still want †Φ ask, why do people keep celebrating a festival borne out of paganism all in the name of Jesus christ's birth?? Isn't that hypocrisy?

      I think Christians should open their eyes and stop this celebration. Moreso, I have noticed that this time of the year sees the peak and hike in all aspect of our life be it commerce, transportation, shopping and what have you.

      It doesn't make sense †Φ me.

      Thandi

    • Silver Fish profile image

      Silver Fish 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

      Great hub, thanks

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      Judah's Daughter - and I appreciate your comment. Thank you and bless you.

    • Judah's Daughter profile image

      Judah's Daughter 

      7 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Appreciate your heart and feel we should celebrate the birth of Christ, when He was born, not on Dec 25th nor with all the pagan traditions. Your link confirms again Jesus was actually born in September, not the Spring. I have a hub called "The Bible Reveals when Jesus was Born" that supports Sept 11, 3 BC, the Feast of Trumpets, based on the only time in history "A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth." (Rev 12:1-2)

      More and more followers of Christ are 'waking up' to this move of God to call us out. Bless you!!

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi Marliza... its good to know traditions. Thanks for reading

      ((((((((((((((((((Love, Peace and Harmony)))))))))))))))))))

    • Marliza Gunter profile image

      Marliza Gunter 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      interesting..

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Ummm Chief... I think it has more to do with it being the darkest time of the year... winter solstice and people wanted to brighten things up a bit and pray that they will survive another winter.

      p.s. Dont show the dogs the turkey! hehehe

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      Chief Apathetic 

      8 years ago

      I don't know is Christmas a magical time? That could be debated. Is there a actually a day called Christmas or is it just a day that someone said, Oh, this is Christmas when it not Christmas at all. When it's not anything other than another day.

      So you have people in their Pavlovian mode running around like dogs salivating over a day called Christmas. It's all very strange & how one looks at things personally.

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Yes Edlesborough was like that! I dont think it went down too well when I boasted at the bargains that I had acquired from the local car boot sale!! hehehe Hence, I didnt fit in. Fit in well here in Glasto though and very happy! x

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, sorry it took so long, I have been out in the snow, trying not to break my neck!! I live in Marlow, bucks. Supposedly the rich part of England! not me though, It used to be just a normal village/town, then the posh folk turned up and said 'oh look at the loverly rivaa dahling' and that was that!! invaded by the toffs, now it is too expesive for the normal people to live. Hence the hub, salt scrub etc!!Cheers Nell

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      I used to live in Edlesborough near tring.. anywhere near you?

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hiya again, yeah i will go and have a look now, and I hope you have a good Christmas Winter Solstice, and one of these days I will get back to Glastonbury. Wish I could be at Stonehenge tomorrow! But driving from Buckinghamshire in the snow is not my idea of fun!!cheers Nell x

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Hi Nell... My husband and I married in a healing spring called challice well - check my hub about Glastonbury! We jumped the broomstick and quoted out of Kahlil Gibrans 'the Prophet'. Heard of it? We married on Summer Solstice 21st June.

      Happy Winter Solstice Nell! x

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hiya, yeah up the pagans ( I have been pagan since I was about sixteen, but thinking about it, it was probably since i was born!) And did you know that when people go on their honeymoon, it is because the wiccan's started this with honeycakes made in the shape of the moon? after jumping the broom, (getting married) they celebrate with wine and honeycakes. Another tradition used but not known about! cheers Nell

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks mate! I am glad you liked it. You should check my hometown out... full of spirituality. All you need is love. It is about a way of life - first do no harm and be tolerant of all. Thanks for reading babes! x

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      mega1 

      8 years ago

      Pagans are great - Druids, Pagans all that! I love their celebrations that really relate to the natural changes in the year - the sun, the moon, the stars! So thanks for the great info - didn't know about Santa in green. I think we are all naturally pagan - some of the pagans I know also are Christian, they don't see any conflict. I personally love any religion that will help people stay sane in these trying times. A great hub!

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      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      You are definitely I am a Catholic but aware of what the Bible says... Santa is not true and everything seems Pagan with Christmas Tradition... and there are a lot of vanities that exists in this world... Thanks for sharing Shaz...

    • GeneralHowitzer profile image

      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      You are definitely I am a Catholic but aware of what the Bible says... Santa is not true and everything seems Pagan with Christmas Tradition... and there are a lot of vanities that exists in this world... Thanks for sharing Shaz...

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Well.. whatever the label or religion, it is all about being kind and happy - just like you Denno! x

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      Denno66 

      8 years ago

      I had long known this aspect, but loved your hub nonetheless. We silly Christians don't really have a celebration of our own; how nice. Thank you for yet another great read. :-)

    • shazwellyn profile imageAUTHOR

      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      It's like all traditions. It evolves and changes. One sector starts with a behaviour/celebration, then another adopts it and adds their bit..etc etc. It the natural part of generations living through time - each handing down from one to another until the original tradition gets buried. I don't know if it is foolish - it was just a lovely time of year that others wanted to be part of. Anything that is about love and giving has to be a good thing, surely?

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      poetlorraine 

      8 years ago

      the whole of christmas is steeped in pagan religion, but we just follow blindly, more fool us

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