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Is Jesus the Real Reason for the Season?

Updated on February 18, 2019
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Wresting the light from the cave of darkness, and the truth, from the bowels of ignorance. VC L Veasey

Christmas: Is Jesus the real reason for the season?


That’s a good question. Christians gladly take the answer to that question for granted, and confidently and unquestionably say yes “He’s the reason for the season”. It’s catchy, has a nice beat, and you can dance to it. But as melodious and catchy, as it may be…is it true?

When I was a kid; It didn't strike me as strange, that Jesus and Santa Claus were both part of Christmas. But as I got older, I started to wonder what; one had to do with the
other. So over the course of many, many years, I studied the history of how Christmas became Christmas and what Santa Claus and the Christmas tree have to do with Christmas. This is some of what I found

The Winter Solstice

In ancient times, many cultures, celebrated the Winter Solstice (Solstice means the sun stands still), as the rebirth of the sun (the sun god). That had gotten weaker and weaker, as the days of light got shorter and the darkness of night, got longer. The sun was seen to get stronger and more mature in summer, when the days of light were longer, then slowly growing weaker and more feeble as time went on until, its death in the heart of winter, around Dec 21, when the darkness of night seemed just as long as days of light. But, during that same time, the Sun was seen as being reborn, as the days of light got longer, and longer and the darkness of night got shorter and shorter, until in Spring, at the celebration of the, Goddess Eostore (Easter), when the Sunlight was seen as being fully returned from the dead. The was called the Vernal Equinox.

Christ Mass

Christmas means Christ Mass, a religious ceremony instituted by the early Roman
Catholic Church, to celebrate the birth of their newfound god man, Jesus, whom they view as the Christ or the messiah.

Way back in, the 4th century AD, when Roman Catholic Christianity, was created by the Roman Emperor, Constantine the great, and newly converted, Greco-Roman priests. December 25 had been celebrated for thousands of years, as the Winter Solstice, the annual beginning of the rebirth of the Sun God. Constantine worshipped, Sol Invictus (the invincible sun, sun god) and December 25 was the god’s birthday. So obviously Jesus, their new found god man’s birth, had to coincide with a day that had been celebrated for thousands of years, if they wanted anyone to take note of it, or take it seriously. Jesus’ birthday is on Dec 25th because; obviously he was seen as a sun god. That’s why the Christian holy day is, Sunday (the sun’s day) the day dedicated and scared to the sun god.

Let’s take a look at other Gods who were born on December 25

Gods who’s birthdays were on December 25

The Egyptian God Horus

The Egyptian God Horus’, birthday was celebrated on December 25, as a newborn infant, symbolizing the first stage in the rebirth of the Sun (the sun god). During the, Spring Equinox, he was said to be a youth. During the, Summer Solstice, he entered adulthood. During, the Autumn Equinox, he entered old age. He slowly, expires, until he’s reborn again at the Winter Solstice, on December 25, and cycle begins again. In addition to being born on, Jesus’ birthday, thousands of years, before there was a Jesus. Horus was also, born of a Virgin, his mother, the Goddess Isis.
“Whatever we make of the original myth…Isis seems to have been originally a virgin (or, perhaps, sexless) goddess, and in the later period of Egyptian religion she was again considered a virgin goddess, demanding very strict abstinence from her devotees. It is at this period, apparently, that the birthday of Horus was annually celebrated, about December 25th, in the temples. As both Macrobius and the Christian writer [of the "Paschal Chronicle"] say, a figure of Horus as a baby was laid in a manger, in a scenic reconstruction of a stable, and a statue of Isis was placed beside it. Horus was, in a sense, the Savior of mankind. He was their avenger against the powers of darkness; he was the light of the world. His birth-festival was a real Christmas before Christ.” (The Story of Religious Controversy, Joseph McCabe), (Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled Acharya S/D.M. Murdock )

The Persian God Mithras

More Gods Born On December 25

Mithra the Greco-Roman-Persian-East Indian god was born on December 25

. "Both Mithras and Christ were described variously as 'the Way,' 'the Truth,' 'the Light,' 'the Life,' 'the Word,' 'the Son of God,' 'the Good Shepherd.' The Christian litany to Jesus could easily be an allegorical litany to the sun-god. Mithras is often represented as carrying a lamb on his shoulders, just as Jesus is. Midnight services were found in both religions. The virgin mother...was easily merged with the virgin mother Mary. Petra, the sacred rock of Mithraism, became Peter, the foundation of the Christian Church." (Gerald Berry, Religions of the World) (Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled Acharya S/
D.M. Murdock )

So that’s one more sun god born or celebrated before Jesus’ time, and in the same manner that Jesus was later celebrated. Very interesting!

The worship of Mithra was widespread in ancient India

"Mithra or Mitra is...worshipped as Itu (Mitra-Mitu-Itu) in every house of the Hindus in India. Itu (derivative of Mitu or Mitra) is considered as the Vegetation-deity. This Mithra or Mitra (Sun-God) is believed to be a Mediator between God and man, between the Sky and the Earth. It is said that Mithra or [the] Sun took birth in the Cave on December 25th. It is also the belief of the Christian world that Mithra or the Sun-God was born of [a] Virgin. He travelled far and wide. He has twelve satellites, which are taken as the Sun's disciples.... [The Sun's] great festivals are observed in the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox—Christmas and Easter. His symbol is the Lamb...." (Swami Prajnanananda, Christ the Saviour and Christ Myth) (Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled Acharya S/
D.M. Murdock )

The Greek God Adonis

Adonis the Greco-Syrian sun god s was born on December 25th

Adonis the Greco-Syrian sun god s was born on December 25th. He arose from death after descending into the underworld for three days, after being crucified on a tree. He arose on Sunday, as the solar deity (the sun) for the beginning of a new season.

200BC.The Roman god Attis, was a son of the virgin, Nana, his birthday was celebrated on Dec. 25th. He was crucified on a tree, and spent three days in the underworld, then rose from the dead on Sunday. Sound familiar

1st Century BCE, the Greek god Dionysus’ birthday was celebrated on Dec. 25th. He was worshipped in Jerusalem and much of the Middle East. Dionysus was the son of Zeus, the Father God, as was proclaimed about Jesus.

2-3000BC. The Egyptian, Osiris was worshipped as a savior-god and birthday was celebrated on December 25.BCE. Three wise men attended his birth He was referred to as “the resurrection and the Life, as the Good shepherd” and had the power to help people bcome reborn again”

500BCE. And the aforementioned, Mithra, was the main competitor to the worship of Jesus in the Roman Empire. Mithra was worshipped throughout the Rome, especially among the Roman soldiers. He was born on December 25, during the celebration of “Dies Natalis Solic Invite,” The “Birthday of Sol Invitus the Unconquered Sun with whom he was identified.

It seems pretty obvious that Jesus’ birthday was made to occur on, December 25, during the winter solstice, because the sun god, Sol Invictus, was born on that day, and, had been celebrated during that time, for thousands of years before the birth or creation of Jesus, as the Christian sun god. When Christianity was formed, the day of Jesus’ birth wasn’t known. It was placed on various days, in various months, before December 25 was finally chosen as the day of his supposed birth.
“The DePascha Computus, an anonymous document believed to have been written in North Africa around 243 CE, placed Jesus birth on March 28. Clement, a bishop of Alexandria (d. ca. 215 CE), thought Jesus was born on November 18. Based on historical records, Fitzmyer guesses that Jesus birth occurred on September 11, 3 BCE” (Simple To Remember.com http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/Christmas_TheRealStory.htm).

One would think, that, an event that was supposed to be of such profound importance for the world and humankind, that the date of that event would be known for certain? But, obviously, that’s not the case. This is just more evidence that, Jesus, wasn’t born on Christmas day, if he was born at all. His supposed birthday was based on a miscalculation,
“Joseph A. Fitzmyer – Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at the Catholic University of America, member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and former president of the Catholic Biblical Association – writing in the Catholic Church’s official commentary on the New Testament[1], writes about the date of Jesus’ birth, “Though the year [of Jesus birth is not reckoned with certainty, the birth did not occur in AD 1. The Christian era, supposed to have its starting point in the year of Jesus birth, is based on a miscalculation introduced ca. 533 by Dionysius Exiguus.”

I think that gives us a good idea of why Jesus birthday is on December 25 don’t you?

Now let’s look at how Santa became associated with Christmas.


Santa Claus

Santa Claus was based on a historical person: Nicholas the Bishop of Myra, Turkey, 270 CE who supposedly gave gifts to the poor. Nicholas was born in Parra, Turkey and later became Bishop of Myra. He died in 345 CE on December 6th. He was only named a saint in the 19th century.

1809, the novelist Washington Irving publishes, “Knickerbocker History”. One of the characters in work is Saint Nicholas, with a white beard riding a flying-horse. Nicholas was referred to as, Santa Claus. Now we know why Santa is called “Ole Saint Nick!”

1822. Dr. Clement Moore published “Twas the night before Christmas,” Instead of Santa riding a flying horse. Moore had Santa riding in a sleigh powered by flying reindeer.

1862-86. Thomas Nast drew more than 2000 cartoons of Santa for Harper’s Weekly. Nast had Santa living at the North Pole, with his family of worker elves, as well as having Santa keeping a list of the naughty or nice boys and girls. Now you know how those things became associated with Christmas.

1931. Swedish commercial artist, Haddon Sundblom, was commissioned by the Coca Cola Company to create a coke-drinking Santa. Sundblom used his friend, Lou Prentice, as the model for the cheerful, chubby faced Santa, we all know and love. Coca Cola insisted that, Santa’s fur-trimmed suit be bright, Coca Cola red. Now you know why Santa looks the way he does.

The Christmas Tree

What does the Christmas tree have to with Christmas? So-called pagan cultures that lived in the forests had worshipped trees for hundreds of years before Christmas was created. The trees were brought into their homes and decorated with various objects. The Roman Catholic Church allow this practice to make it easier to convert so-called pagans to their new religion

The Origin of Christmas Presents

Why are present given at Christmas? How did that tradition start?, The Emperors of pre-Christian Rome had a practice of requiring dregs of their society to bring offerings and gifts during to them at the celebration of the Saturnalia during winter solstice. Eventually, this ritual caught on and spread among the general populace. The Roman Catholic Church adopted this ritual and associated with the legend of gift-giving of Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus).

So back to our original question; is Jesus the real reason for the season?

I would say there appear to be other reasons for the season, besides Jesus.

© 2019 VC L Veasey

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    • MizBejabbers profile image

      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      2 months ago from Beautiful South

      @ Eric. I came back, too, to ask you a question about your last comment. What did your son mean by "we do not store up" in connection with your explanation of the stock market? This subject would make a great discussion on a forum. How about it"?

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I came back. This is so great to be discussed. My boy and I talked about notions of Christmas. What could be better to discuss? I explained the stock market. "But Dad we do not 'store' up".

      You touched people who will touch others.

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      2 months ago from Chicago

      Every year some folks come out blasting Christmas because of its alleged pagan origins. No one knows what day Jesus was born. The best guesses might be in March, April, or May, but every month on the calendar has been suggested at one time or another. Early Christians were filled for zeal for Jesus and wanted to celebrate each historical event associated with Him so His birth was a natural thing to celebrate. The earliest reference in history to commemorating the birth of Jesus involved the 6th of January, a date that remained popular for centuries and is still used by Armenians.

      Before it became Christianized, December 25th was a pagan holiday in much of what we now call Europe. But the idea that December 25th was deliberately chosen for Christmas because of a pagan holiday only dates to around AD 1800, and then only by skeptics attacking Christianity. In the mountains of writings we have by Christians down through the ages, this idea is never mentioned. What is mentioned is that as early as the 4th century Christians believed Jesus was conceived and crucified on the same day—March 25th. Which would make December 25th exactly nine months later. Others believed He was conceived and crucified April 6th—nine months before January 6th, the other day popularly used to mark His birth.

      It is possible December 25th was chosen because it was a pagan holiday. This would not be particularly unusual. We do find, in history, missionaries Christianizing pagan festivals and temples. A famous proponent of this practice was Pope Gregory the Great, who, in a letter written in AD 601 to a Christian missionary in Britain, recommended that local pagan temples not be destroyed but be converted into churches, and that pagan festivals be celebrated as feasts of Christian martyrs.

      If today a missionary found a tribe in Africa, the Amazon, or Papua New Guinea and taught them about Jesus and they accepted Him as their Savior and asked to be baptized but had a party every full moon, which had been their custom since before they could remember, it would be fine to keep on having a party every full moon as long as the party was now used to honor and worship God the Father and His Son Jesus.

      Christmas may well have acquired some pagan trappings, such as Christmas trees. The general idea was to allow newly converted peoples to keep their cultural artifacts, dates, and places as long as they did not directly violate the Bible. So, the nasty sexual dancing; chants to conjure the Devil; drunken orgies, and human sacrifice had to go. But things like an ornamental tree could be kept as long as one’s thoughts were turned to Christ and not some demonic devotion.

    • vveasey profile imageAUTHOR

      VC L Veasey 

      2 months ago from Detroit,MI

      Yeah! They all appear to be myths rather than actual experiences

    • MizBejabbers profile image

      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      2 months ago from Beautiful South

      Very good research, VC L Veasey. It really is a pity that we have commercialized the season to the point that Jesus, Buddha, et al are basically forgotten. I've said many times that we should take Christ out of Christmas and give it to the corporations. Then quietly pick another day to celebrate the birth of Christ or whatever he or the other religions symbolize.

      On another note: Isis could not have been a virgin because she was the mate of Osiris. There are a number of translations of the name Osiris, including "the one who copulates with Isis." But if she impregnated herself with a piece of celery, as one legend goes, then I guess her son's birth may have been an "immaculate conception" depending on how well the celery was washed. Thought you might enjoy that bit of history if you hadn't already heard it.

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      Christian Writings 

      2 months ago

      Informative! I had no idea so many sun gods were 'born' on December 25th! I see Christmas as not a day of birth to honor a 'man-god' but a day to remember why Jesus, the Son of God came into the world (aka He felt our pain and our hardship of living in humanity). Before that Jews were sacrificing goats etc to atone for their sins, meanwhile Jesus came and abolished all that. He provided a direct link to God, not via some priest (He IS our great High Priest Himself) and Hes not a wrathful deity but a seen as a Loving Father who cares for His children whom He created (we didn't end up on earth from a bunch of protons swirling around in muck over billions of years, we were purposefully made - but that's another story).

      Good information here in this article, but as someone who has actually experienced Jesus - its truly the greatest awakening and something worth living for!

      Blessings,

      CW

    • vveasey profile imageAUTHOR

      VC L Veasey 

      2 months ago from Detroit,MI

      Yep! Right On Brother! From another Mother!

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      When I let go of Christmas as a day I loved it. To me now a season.

      My Buddhists in my family now celebrate a deeper kind of love. And we just finished with Tet new year. My atheists family give so generously because they see the time to give of themselves.

      A real time to spill out our love.

      Bless you for this article. I figure you reminded me that today is Christmas.

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