Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more.”
~ Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), American author of children’s books. From ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas‘.
My favorite Christmas song may be The Little Drummer Boy, however, my favorite Christmas character is Dr. Seuss’ Grinch. The first time I read this Christmas story with my two children, I thought the message was clear and undeniable. Christmas is not a season of things purchased but a season for all seasons. The gifts, large or small, do not matter because it is the spirit of Christmas…the one thing that cannot be purchased at WalMart, Best Buy, PetSmart, Target, Macy’s or Nordstrom’s. It is this spirit on display when someone states: You have fewer items to check out; you can go ahead of me. During the Christmas season people seem to find a kinder, gentler spirit for their fellow travelers on this jagged, ragged winding road to an event called Christmas.
In recent readings, I came across this account of Christmas and decided that it was worth sharing:
By: David Deschesne
Yahoshua (Jesus) the Christ was not born on December 25, as we have been led by our traditions to believe.
“At the Council of Arles in 314, Constantine retained his own divine status by introducing the omnipotent God of the Christians as his personal sponsor. He then dealt with the anomalies of doctrine by replacing certain aspects of Christian ritual with the familiar pagan traditions of sun worship, together with other teachings of Syrian and Persian origin. In short, the new religion of the Roman church was constructed as a ‘hybrid’ to appease all influential factions. By this means, Constantine looked towards a common and unified ‘world’ religion – Catholic meaning universal – with himself at its head.” [emphasis in original]1
It was the adoption of these pagan practices of tree worship, Sun worship with the observance of the Saturnalia festival on December 25, and other pagan rituals involving holly, Yule logs and mistletoe that coalesced over the centuries into the traditions most Christians associate with Christ’s birth today.
“Thus it is clearly proved that our present Christmas Day is erroneous. This festival on December 25th was in existence long centuries before Jesus was born. It was a pagan festival, to which a Christian terminology has been applied and most of our Christian customs (nice though some of them have become) are of pagan origin. It was the old Babylonian Feast of Bacchus, the drunken festival. In Rome, December 25th was the Feast of Saturn, and like the Babylonian feast from which it was derived, was also a feast of unrestricted drunkenness. What is perhaps our commonest Christmas custom, the Christmas Tree, was just as common in pagan Egypt and Rome, but in Egypt it was a palm tree while in Rome it was a fir tree.”2
The early Pilgrims and Puritans who settled in what is now the United States didn’t celebrate Christmas’ traditions on December 25th because they understood the pagan origins. Instead, they treated it as just another work day. They also noted the fact that there was no Biblical authority for the date of Christ’s birth or for the celebration thereof.3
In all likelihood, Christ was born on September 29, 2 B.C., which was 1 Tisheri – the first day of the Hebrew civil year and also the Feast of Trumpets. Using Zacharias’ ministry, his wife, Elizabeth’s conception of John, the timing of Mary’s visit with Elizabeth, and the season in which the Shepherds who visited the young Child would have been in the fields to begin with, we find more evidence to support a late fall birth than a mid-winter one.
The most intriguing piece of evidence is that a chronology appears in the Great Pyramid of Egypt, which is mentioned in Isaiah 19, that seems to indicate a birth date for Christ at September 29, 2 B.C. – the 2 B.C. date is also corroborated by secular historians’ accounts of Christ in comparison to the reign of Augustus, Herod and Cleopatra.
The Great Pyramid was constructed around 2,500 years before Christ’s birth and was sealed up until 820 A.D. when the Arab, Caliph Al Mamoun found the entrance. Since the Great Pyramid seems to accurately indicate the birth, death and resurrection of Christ within its chronologically laid-out passageways, it has been concluded by some researchers that its design is of Divine origin.
1. Rule By Secrecy, ©2000 Jim Marrs, p. 354, citing Baigent, Leigh, and Lincoln.
2. Pyramidology, Book II, ©1970 Adam Rutherford, p. 341.
3. The Congregational Way, ©1966 Marion Starkey, pp. 34, 271
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- Bucks Blog: The Movement Toward a ‘Buy Nothing’ Christmas (bucks.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Merry Christmas: Grinch alternate endings (randomsays.com)