Jordan Maxwell – Origins of Christmas
December 25 is known by Christians as the day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The date itself and, customs associates with Christmas, have evolved from pagan traditions celebrating the winter solstice.
“Christmas is really about bringing out your inner pagan,” – Historian Kenneth C. Davis
What Encyclopedias Say
The word “Christmas” means “Mass of Christ,” or, “Christ-Mass.” It came to non-Christians and Protestants from the Roman Catholic Church, but where did they get it? The New Testament? No. The Bible? Nope. From the original apostles who were personally instructed by Christ? NADA. It apparently gravitated in the 4th century into the Roman Church from PAGANISM.
Since the celebration of Christmas has come to the world from the Roman Catholic Church, and has no authority but that of the Roman Catholic Church.
Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911 ed., published by the Roma Catholic Church.
“Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church. The first evidence of the feast is from Egypt.” “Pagan customs centering around the January calends gravitated to Christmas.” Under “Natal Day,” we find that the early Catholic father, Origen, acknowledged this truth.
In the Scriptures, no one is recorded to have kept a feast or held a great banquet on his birthday. It is only sinners, like Pharaoh and Herod, who make great rejoicings over the day in which they were born into this world.”
Encyclopedia Britannica, 1946 edition
“Christmas (i.e., the Mass of Christ) Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church. It was not instituted by Christ or the apostles, or by Bible authority. It was picked up afterward from paganism.
Encyclopedia Americana, 1944 edition
“Christmas” It was, according to many authorities, not celebrated in the first centuries of the Christian church, as the Christian usage in general was to celebrate the death of remarkable persons rather than their birth” (The “Communion,” which is instituted by New Testament Bible authority, is a memorial of the death of Christ.) A feast was established in memory of Christ’s birth in the fourth century. In the fifth century the Western Church ordered it to be celebrated forever on the day of the old Roman feast of the birth of Sol, as no certain knowledge of the day of Christ’s birth existed.
These recognized historical authorities show Christmas was not observed by Christians for the first two or three hundred years. It appeared in the Western, or Roman, Church, by the fourth century A. D. It was not until the fifth century that the Roman Church ordered it to be celebrated as an official Christian festival!
Is that the Christmas Tree burning? Happy Holidays – JMV
Jordan Maxwell is a preeminent researcher and independent scholar in the field of occult, symbols, government, secret societies and religious philosophy. His interest in these and a wide range of subjects began as far back as 1959.He served for three and a half years as the Editor of Truth Seeker Magazine, America’s oldest Free thought journal, established in 1873. His work exploring the hidden foundations of western religions and secret societies have created enthusiastic responses from audiences around the world.
He has conducted dozens of intensive seminars and hosted his own radio talk shows. He guest starred on more than 600 radio shows, has written, produced and appeared in numerous television shows and documentaries.
One of his most memorable works, was three 2-hour specials for the CBS Television and the internationally acclaimed 5-part Ancient Mystery Series, devoted to ancient religions and their influence on world affairs today.