Ok so here's the deal I'm a Chrstian (here comes the text books) and I know for a fact that Jesus was not born on Chrstimas. As a child my parents (whom are pastors) taught me that Jesus was not born on Christmas and that no one that they know of knows when He was born, but we celebrate it on Christmas anyway's. I made an entry in me journal about this and I was waonder what you guy's think, I heard Jesus was born in March, but I'm not sure, but I propose that we do away with Christmas and rename it Winter Solstice, since that's what it is, I also propose that we try celebrating Jesus's birth on the actual day He was born.
Here's me entry:
"The True Meaning of Christmas
O Christmas Tree
"Jeremiah 10:1 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: 2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. 5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good."
The Christmas Tree is actually a pagan tradition dating back before Christ. The god Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts upon it. This festival became known as the Saturnalia, and friends and family would exchange gifts.
Christmas is actually a celebration of the winter solstice, a pagan holiday still celebrated by pagans.
Here's the big jaw dropper, Jesus wasn't born on Christmas. That's right guy's, Jesus wasn't born on Christmas, He was probably born during the warmer times, consider when the shepherds were tending to their flocks, back then the shepherds would not have been with their flocks in the open field during the coldness of winter. So this points to a warmer time. The birth of Jesus was never celebrated by the first Christians, cause the time He was born is not as important as the ministry He lived and the sacrifice He gave, "Do ye this in remembrance of Me" that's the most important holiday. So why is it called Christmas, well the Holy Roman Catholic Church decided to meet pagans half way, so said Catholics decided Jesus' birth would be set on Saturnalia day, a lie of when Christ was born.
So am I saying Christmas is evil and that we shouldn't celebrate it? Heck no, celebrate Christmas, I think Christmas is a great holiday you should celebrate it, but also, have communion with your family, to truly remeber our Savior. I think Christmas is a holiday that should be celebrated with friends and family, it's a celebration of the love of family and a remembrance that our God came to the earth as a human child and carried out a great destiny for us, a Savior for the world.
What about the tree? Well I've never worshiped it, I've always thought it were a fun thing to do, how do you take it? Do worship the tree are you focusing your sight on it, does it cause you to stumble in your faith? If not then by all means do the tree thing, I think it's great fun, besides what else are you going to put presents under? Celebrate Christmas, have fun, love your family, remember the birth of Christ.
Oh by the way Santa is actually derived from a Nordic Demi-god that used to drive a giant slay pulled by reindeer and would drop outta the sky onto thieves and take back the things that the thieves had stolen.
Now there was also some dude named Nicholas who was born during the third century in Patara, a village in what is now Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra, while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to the those in need and his love for children, but those Catholics decided to make him a saint and once again mixed in the pagan beliefs in with something good. But hang your stockings cause that's cool, but I'd advise against telling your children that a fat man is going to physically impossibly push himself down a chimney and put presents under a tree, cause that's a bunch of crap, it doesn't do the jolly fat man justice, St. Nick was an awesome Christian who did as Christ said, so tell the true story of Santa and not the Hollywood crap. Have a Merry Christmas too."
There's no religeous agenda here so please do'nt be offended.