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The Pagan Tradition of Christmas

Updated on August 8, 2017
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PlanksandNails' goal is to be a catalyst in encouraging the followers of Christ to pursue Biblical truth for themselves.

  • Churches host parties featuring him.
  • We tell our children of his exploits.
  • Children long for his arrival and seek his blessing and favour.
  • He judges the good and the bad.
  • He writes their names in a book.

Who is this man?

That’s right it’s Jesus Christ. Not!’s Santa Claus.

2nd Commandment

You shall have no other gods before Me.“YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FOR YOURSELF AN IDOL, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me. - Exodus 20:3-5

Can You See the Connection?

Santa Claus

Santa Claus evolved from Saint Nicholas, who was related to the traditions of Saturn, the hero of Saturnalia. Saturnalia was a Roman holiday and festival celebrated at Christmas time.

Have you ever wondered why Santa has to enter through the fire of the chimney?

How could he get down the chimney if there is a fire going on those cold winter nights?

According to Norse legend, the goddess Hertha appeared in the fireplace and brought good luck to the homes she visited. Druids would set out milk and pastries to appease their god that came down the chimney in through the fireplace. This is symbolic of coming through hell’s fire.

Does Santa = Satan?, let's take a deeper look.

Where in the Bible does it say when Yahshua our Messiah was born?

Did you know Yahshua was not born on December 25th?

This date was to move his birth with other pagan gods, such as Horus, Krishna and Mithra.

Christmas, Satan's Birthday

The Christmas Tree

Many are spending money and are going into to debt by feeling obligated to give gifts to prove their love for their children and people around them.
Many are spending money and are going into to debt by feeling obligated to give gifts to prove their love for their children and people around them.

Thus says the LORD,

“Do not learn the way of the nations,

And do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens

Although the nations are terrified by them;

FOR THE CUSTOMS OF THE PEOPLES ARE DELUSION; Because it is wood cut from the forest,

The work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool.

“They DECORATE IT with silver and with gold;

They fasten it with nails and with hammers

So that it will not totter. - Jeremiah 10:2-4

The Christmas Tree has been Around for a Long Time

The Christmas tree has a long history which is is rooted in pagan worship and the ancient mystery religions.
The Christmas tree has a long history which is is rooted in pagan worship and the ancient mystery religions.

Christ's Birth, or the Birth of Pagan Gods?

Pagans have celebrated the spirit of Nimrod who was a man who married his own mother, Semiramis. After Nimrod’s death, Semiramis created a doctrine in order to maintain Nimrod as a spirit being. The springing forth of new life was deemed to be Nimrod’s spirit representing an evergreen tree that Samiramis claimed had sprung forth from a dead tree stump. On each anniversary, Nimrod's spirit would visit the evergreen tree bestowing gifts to it. Pagans have celebrated this date long before the birth of Christ.

Christmas time is a time where many feel the pressure to buy gifts from merchants and then put them under the tree. Merchants gladly take in the most money from us at this time of year., yet the Scripture says that merchants can be thieves and put people under oppression.

A MERCHANT, in whose hands are false balances, He loves to oppress. - Hosea 12:7

“For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the MERCHANTS of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.” - Revelation 18:3

18:11, “And the MERCHANTS of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more—

18:15,” The MERCHANTS of these things, who became rich from her, will stand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning,

18:23 and the light of a lamp will shine in you no more, and the voice of bridegroom and bride will be heard in you no more, for your MERCHANTS were the great ones of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.

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The Pagan Gods of Christmas

Here is a list of some pagan gods that were born on December 25th:

Birth Dates:
Pagan gods:
Dec. 25th
Christmas tree
Dec. 25th
Sun god
Dec. 25th
Egyption sun god
Dec. 25th
Syrian sun god
Dec. 25th
The Invisible Sun
Dec. 25th
Unconquerable Sun

The Star and the Angels

What about the star on the top of the Christmas trees?

Well, you may say that it represents the star of Bethlehem. The list above is why pagans put a star or sun on top of their trees.

What about the angels on top of the Christmas tree?

What does the Bible say about angels?

No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an ANGEL OF LIGHT. - 2 Corinthians 2:14

You may say that it is a heavenly angel on top of my Christmas tree, but...

You shall not make for yourself an IDOL, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. - Exodus 20:4

Does God forbid the worship of images and likenesses of things that are in heaven above?

Yes He does.

Today, we even have false prophets in the church system inviting and entertaining angels of light to manifest in their meetings. Yes, even this is pagan.

We are not told the exact date of Christ's birth, but we are given clues as to approximately what time of year it was according to what was happening in that season. If you carefully read Scripture, you will see that it was not during December. (clue: Feast of Tabernacles)

If we take the time search out the true origins of certain holidays, festivals, rituals and other traditions, we might come to a different perspective, a Biblical perspective. The realization can be quite sobering, but if we have a relationship with the one true God (Yahweh) through His Son, study His word by weighing and testing what He has shown us, we will be able to see the truth from the lies. Christ wants us to know the truth about himself, not the counterfeited versions of him.

And DO NOT BE CONFORMED to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. - Romans 12:2

The greatest gift we can ever receive and give is the love of Christ, the Son of the one true God.

You will not find this under any evergreen tree.

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      KingdomCome 23 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

      I was just explaining to a fellow Hubber yesterday how christmas is a pagan holiday, he insiste on supporting and believing in christmas (which he has the right). Well, I hope Damian10 will read this article and take it to heart.

      PandN, I gree with this article 100 %.

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      PlanksandNails 23 months ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      It's great to here from you, and I am encouraged that you desire to pursue the knowledge of the truth of God for yourself. Not many are willing, or even desire to do this, but rather have religious men do it for them. I remember the late night chats at the gym ;)

      Even the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. YOU KNOW HIM, for he dwells with you and will be in you. - John 14:17

      I do get together with family during the holiday season. They are a mixed bunch, and I cannot control what they decide to do in their own homes, but they do know that I don't have any of the symbols of idolatry in my own home. Over the years, I have mentioned some of the meanings of the Christmas tree and the other decorations and traditions that they have in their homes, but the traditions of man that they cherish have blinded them from seeing the truth.

      It is hard when you have to listen to Christmas songs, even the “Christian” ones because they are based on a lie, even the idolatry of offering gifts under their trees.

      Joshua said,

      Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, we will serve the LORD.” - Joshua 24:15

      Start with your house and let God continue to reveal to you more of His truth. We are to be a beacon of truth to our families and those in the world. Every year people will ask many questions about the Christmas tradition and what you are doing whether out in the public, or among your family. Use this as an opportunity to share the things that you have learned. It is not easy, but standing out may cause them to question what you are doing and why. It is an opportunity to tell them the truth in a loving way. Whether they receive it or not, don't be discouraged, but remember how much time it took for you to let the truth sink in once you came to the understanding of the truth behind Christmas.

      Modern day “Christians” are the hardest people group to reach. Their whole religion called “church” is founded on man-made traditions. Christmas is just one of many things they do that cannot be justified when reading the pages of Scripture. Part of the Gospel message to the world and those in the corrupt “Church system” is to repent. It is repenting of following the man-made traditions of the world and following the example of Jesus Christ and the Apostles. It is having a change of mind of what we are doing and looking the God’s Son instead of religious men to attain God. The fruit of repentance results in a willingness to walk the narrow path in obedience to the ways of our Father.

      It is not an easy season for many who desire to obedient to God’s ways by NOT incorporating pagan elements and “worshipping” God with them. There is a Facebook group called “Christians Against Christmas,” I would encourage you to join the group as there is a wealth of information that people post to peruse.

      I hope all is well with you. Keep it touch!

      You can keep in touch by e-mailing me through this site at the homepage by hitting the fan mail button and then hitting, send PlanksandNails an email. If you want, I can get you on an e-mailing list of a like-minded brother in Christ who sends out periodic e-mail posts that I believe would be an encouragement to you. Let me know.

      God Bless!

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      GoodLifeNight 23 months ago


      It has been a very long time since we have talked last. I would like to thank you for sharing your knowledge with me and enlightening me with what you have learned. It has inspired me to lead a much more Christian life and pursue knowledge on my own rather then accepting the lies of the modern "church". I have a question on what you feel is right when family members that celebrate the pagan tradition of Christmas invite you over to Christmas dinner. Should you partake? It feels wrong but at the same time the reasons for going to the dinner would be for family and not for the celebration of evil. Family does not come before God and there will be idols (Christmas tree, Mazda lights, wreath) in the home which make me uncomfortable. The entire family claim to be Christians but follow the modern "church" and holiday traditions with absolute refusal to pursue truth. I feel conflicted and would love to hear your opinion on this. Thanks and hopefully by my name you can remember who I am.

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      CJ Sledgehammer 5 years ago

      Thanks, Planks!!!

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      PlanksandNails 5 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      CJ Sledgehammer,

      And they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. - Matthew 24:39

      When people say, "Jesus is the reason for the season?" tell them that Noah preached truth for 120 years.

      Some people don't want to know the truth. There are people who could have known the truth, but don't want to know or hear it, or they just don't care. When you are wrapped up in your own "right reasons," it can be hard to hear the truth.

      I had a chat with the pastor of the church I attend concerning the origins of Christmas and the tree; he quoted this verse to me:

      One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. - Romans 14:5-6

      The only problem is that this verse, as well as other verses in Scripture, refer to Jewish holidays, not the idolatrous pagan ones.

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      CJ Sledgehammer 5 years ago

      Thanks, Planks:

      I got into a rather spirited debate with a woman who claims to be a "Christian" but said that since she did not know about the pagan origins of Christmas, it has no effect on her whatsoever, as long as she is celebrating Christmas for all "the right reasons".

      And, what do you say to those who declare, "Jesus is the reason for the season"?

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      PlanksandNails 5 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      CJ Sledgehammer,

      I am glad you took your time to watch the video and dig deeper into the origins of Christmas. From a Biblical perspective, there is enough evidence to roughly estimate the time of the birth of Jesus Christ.

      ("I think the Lamb of God may have been born in April or possibly in September.")

      The birth of Jesus Christ and the origins of the various sun gods in this hub do not coincide with the same time of year according to Scripture. Most of the ancient sun gods were born on December 25th, but Jesus Christ was not born on that day, or even in that season.

      And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. - Luke 2:7-8

      The shepherds would not be in the fields watching their flocks in Judea in December due to the cold temperatures at that time of year.

      Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. - Luke 2:1-5

      Jesus' birth was during the Roman census, which would not have been during the cold season, when the temperatures could dip below freezing, and the road conditions were poor. It would have been self-defeating to hold a census at that time.

      After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying, “This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men.” Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. “And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her *SIXTH MONTH*. - Luke 1:24-36

      In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of *ABIJAH*; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. - Luke 1:5

      John’s father Zacharias served in the Jerusalem temple during the course of Abijah, which historically is around the middle of June.

      Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering. And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. Zacharias was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. -

      Luke 1:8-13

      When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home. After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she kept herself in seclusion for five months. - Luke 1:23-24

      When Jesus was conceived, John the Baptist's mother was six months pregnant with him. John was conceived approximately around the end of June and was born around the end of March. If six months is added, then Jesus was most likely born near the end of September, not on December 25th.

      From a Biblical perspective, December 25th is a pagan celebration and the origin of many pagan sun gods. Unfortunately, many “Christians” celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth on this day based on misinformation.

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      CJ Sledgehammer 5 years ago

      Just saw the video "Why Christmas was banned in America" which you so graciously provided for our viewing pleasure. It was outstanding!

      I hope you don't mind but I am going to have to vote this Hub up and awesome, one more time! :0)

      I am just thrilled that you have not been taken in by Christ-mass, and am very pleased with your fine scholarship.

      God's blessings to you and yours - C.J. Sledgehammer

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      CJ Sledgehammer 5 years ago

      Well done, Planks!

      I, too, believe Christ-mass is a pagan holiday, one that was fused into the "church" as Roman Catholic missionaries mixed the word of God with paganism, so as to attain more converts.

      I think the Lamb of God may have been born in April or possibly in September. I know not which, but what is important is that the Apostles and early church never celebrated Christ's birthday, nor should we.

      In fact, the Baptist, Methodists, and Presbyterians did not celebrate it until around the 1850's and the Pilgrims and Puritans wouldn't allow it.

      In fact, I think the danger of setting aside a day to remember Christ's birthday is to sell Him short. For those who think one day is good enough for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, well, they are only fooling themselves. Why should we be content giving Christ one day when He deserves them all?

      Moreover, why should Christ have to share a day with Mithris, Saturnalia, and Hannekah, to name a few? Is He not worthy of His own day? I say give the pagans their 12 days of Yule Tide and Christmas, and Christ gets the rest! :0)

      Excellent Hub, voted up and awesome!!!

      Best wishes and be well - C.J. Sledgehammer

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Lots of response from the first comment!! For me this was a nice history of how it all started and I had never really looked into it. In that Santa is based upon other traditions is a revelation for me. My wife loves spending tons of money at Christmas. She often has a post Christmas depression as all the hype never lives up to her expections. I live through it all the best I can. RJ

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      PlanksandNails 6 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Santa = Satan is a permutation of letters, but they both have similarities in their deceptiveness.

      That is a good question, Titen-Sxull. It takes faith to have a belief system in something that you may not have all the answers for. I believe that in any belief system there can be questions asked that cannot be fully answered. If we had all the answers we wouldn't be asking questions would we?

      I don't believe we can prove the existence of God, but I believe God can prove Himself to us. I believe in God because He has proved Himself to me and I have a relationship with Him. That is why I believe He exists.

      If I could prove to you that God exists, would you believe me, or if you could prove that God doesn't exist, would I believe you?

      The only reasonable answer to both questions would be yes for both of us, but we cannot prove the one nor the other, not either.

      No on can say that they have believed the same thing their whole life, it is always evolving. Science said the earth was once flat, which made sense at the time, but now its a sphere which now makes more sense, because of gravity. The search for truth revealed the latter. I'm sure there was much debate over this hypothesis at the time.

      Many don't believe in God because of so many questions that cannot be answered. It is a matter of faith either way whether God exists or God doesn't exist. It can make our belief system seem fallible. Faith in something that is beyond our perception and comprehension can be hard to fathom, thus being a barrier to a belief in God or no belief whatsoever.

      The proof of God has been a persistent debate that I think won't expire soon.

      As history has shown, the "Christian Church" used coercion as a means to proving God which was wrong. I believe that it is a free choice, based on how God proves Himself to us, but it must take faith to ask God to reveal Himself. That is a choice you may consider, just as I have a choice also to consider that there is no God.

      In essence, I believe that a belief in God only comes from a miraculous divine intervention that each individual must experience for themselves from God Himself. It is something that I cannot make happen nor create for someone.

      Here is a very interesting link to peruse on a debate between an Atheist and a Christian, a very interesting read.


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      Titen-Sxull 6 years ago from back in the lab again

      Santa is nothing like Satan but you are right that most other Christmas traditions stem from earlier Pagan festivals. But that's what happened when the Christian Church swept across Europe spreading Christ by force killing indigenous peoples who didn't accept Christianity. Those indigenous peoples who were assimilated incorporated their old traditions into their new faith.

      In the end though the similarities between Santa and God really should open people's eyes. If its silly to believe in Santa than why do so many grown men and women still cling to belief in God?