Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Let’s not forget the Reason for the Season and let’s remind them of it too

Ah… the beloved icons of the Christmas celebration bedeck homes, churches and public places throughout the Christian world announcing the coming of their second most holy day. The décor, the symbolism, the holy date itself heralds the advent of the holiday they so adamantly defend against secularization and atheist derision; the one they insist must be acknowledged by “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays.” I’d wager not two in ten Christians realize that their holy day and all its trappings have as much to do with their fabled Jewish man-god’s birth as does Ground Hog Day.

Xmas tree: Roman celebration of the feast of Saturnalia (Dec 17-23); Pagans decorated their houses with clippings of evergreen shrubs. They also decorated living trees with bits of metal and replicas of their God, Bacchus.

[ I wonder how Xtians reconcile their most beloved symbol of Christmas with the Bible’s admonishment against the use of trees as a religious rite:
Jeremiah 10:2-4 KJV "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. 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. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not." ]

Yule / Yule log / holly / mistletoe: winter festival of Norse pagans. Ceremonial log, herbs, and decoration associated with nature worship and winter solstice celebration.

Santa Clause: see Odin

Gifts in stockings: Norse god Odin filled children’s shoes with goodies.

December 25: The celebrated birth date of the pre Jesus gods Dionysus, Osiris, Tammuz, Sol Invictus, Attis, and others observed by various pagan religions who worshipped the Winter Solstice event on or about Dec 25.

Virgin Birth: The gods Horus, Tammuz, Perseus, Mithra, Krishna all preceding Jesus.

[ Early apologist and church father Justin Martyr argued that Satan intentionally created pre-Jesus virgin birthed gods to confuse future Christians: "When I hear that Perseus was begotten of a virgin, I understand that the deceiving serpent counterfeited also this." ]

Star Sign: foretold the birth of Julius Caesar (100 yrs before Jesus), Krishna (1400 yrs before Jesus). Also Pythagoras, Isaac, Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, David, Micah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Elijah, Zechariah, Balaam, Balak, Malachi, Aaron, Elisheba, Miriam and Moses all had mysterious stars associated with them.

Wise men/Magi: Three wise men announced the birth of the Egyptian god Osiris; Magi brought gifts at the birth of the Persian god Mithra.

Yep, let’s celebrate the reason for the season: a gaggle of mythical pagan gods; nature worship; the Winter Solstice’s promise of more daylight and the “rebirth” of spring. And let’s stop them from hijacking the true meaning of the season and attributing it to some mythical Jewish kid. Call it by its real name. Say it loud and say it proud! “Merry Saturnaliadionysusosiristammuzmithrakrishnasolinvictusattiswintersolstice-Mas” Or, you can just say “Heathen’s Greetings” for short. Have a safe and happy one with your family.


Anonymous said...

Other than the date of Julius Caesar's birth, you did a great job. If I am correct, JC (notice the similarity in initials) predated Jesus Christ by 100 years, not 600.

Dromedary Hump said...

anon...quite right. thanks for the typo catch. corrected.

NewEnglandBob said...

I am currently on my first annual pilgrimage: Massachusetts to Florida in honor of the winter solstice. (Typing on an iPhone in a moving vehicle is tough)

Dromedary Hump said...

Bob..have a safe trip. Think of us when you're laying in the sun and we're suffering in the snow.

Rachelle said...

Love this reality check. LOL!

Heathen's Greetings, Hump!! And to the lot of you!! :)

Can't wait to see what you have in store for 2011!! :)

Dromedary Hump said...

Thanks, Rachelle ;)
Heathens Greeting to you.

Anonymous said...

Let's make sure we keep the X in Xmas.

Happy festivus to all!

Joan said...

Brilliant, as usual. You did, however forget to mention Digital Cuttlefish's "Cephalopodmas". AKA Sqidmas. (grin)

aspen-bh said...

In Latin America it is easier to realize the pagan roots of Christmas, because we call this celebration NATAL or NAVIDAD (Nativity). The name comes from a Julius Caesar decree recognizing “Dies NATALIS Solis Invictus” (BIRTH Day of the Invincible Sun) as an official Roman holiday. As the Roman emperor lived from 100 to 44 BEFORE Christ, it is obvious Jesus was not the birth they were referring to. Actually, Winter (Summer) Solstice have been celebrated in Northern (Southern) Hemisphere for 10,000 years. For 300 years, early Christians tried to eradicate the festival, until they finally adopted it as the symbolical birth of their messiah.