How Christians Stole the Winter Solstice Holiday
Christians celebrate the Nativity (also known as the birth of the alleged Jesus) every December 25. Contrary to popular belief, no evidence exists to tell us that this Jesus was born in December. The Bible doesn’t give any hint of a winter season birth for a Jesus “the Christ.” In fact, there is no corroborating evidence at all for the existence of a historical Jesus, not even from the Roman historian Josephus, who was known for his attention to detail.
None of the practices connected to Christmas come from any Christian origin at all. The traditions and practices currently attached to Christmas derived from pre-Christian Roman, Germanic, and Celtic people who celebrated the winter solstice. The use of mistletoe, holly, wassail bowls, Yule logs and decorating a tree derived from early pagan customs. Many European countries still call this celebration “Yule-tide” meaning “wheel time,” or the cycles of time.
The Persian Mithras cult spread during the 3rd and 4th centuries B.C.E. and is the source of so-called Christian ceremonies and rites such as baptism, communion wafer, and Sunday rest. On December 25, the sacrifice of a bull celebrated the Sol invictus (the invincible sun) and announced the birth of a sun god who appeared as a newborn baby from a cave or a rock.
The Romans observed a celebration of the Winter Solstice on December 25th as a yearly renewing of the sun. The Romans also celebrated the Saturnalia festival from December 17th to the 24th to honour Saturn, the god of grain and agriculture. The festival was a time of goodwill devoted to giving gifts and visiting friends.
At the beginning of the first century C.E., Christianity was becoming a fledgling religion, but Christians did not celebrate the birth of Jesus until the 4th century C.E.. The motive for the introduction of this celebration was aimed at undermining the practice of pagan rituals like Mithra and Saturnalia. The Nativity was introduced by Pope Liberius on December 25th, 354 C.E..
By the 5th century C.E., Christmas had become so customary that it began to mark the beginning of the ceremonial year.
Today, we still celebrate with mistletoe, giving presents and decorating trees, none of which has any connection to Christian mythology. Instead, opt for the earlier secular celebration of the Winter Solstice! It represents an actual event, and the universe presents us with far more incredible events than anyone in any religion has ever “created.”