Tis the Season for Moronic Attacks on Christmas

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Every Christmas season the internet becomes flooded with well-meaning zealots who must warn the world that Christmas is a pagan festival; the trees are pagan, the gifts are pagan, Santa is pagan, and most of all the date is pagan. Yes, December 25th – thoroughly pagan.

And every year it seems that new and creative means of proving the pagan’ness’ of Christmas become available. I think I’ve heard them all, though, no doubt, someone will come up with a zinger from left field this year that will cause me a few seconds of pause. I’ll admit, this annual business of bashing Christmas irritates me terribly. So, to strike back in my own little way, I’d like to focus on one of these claims and demonstrate its ridiculousness.

For the sake of argument, let us agree that the date set for Christmas really does have its root in ancient pagan festivals, whether it was the ancient date for Sun god (Sol Invictus) worship, Emperor worship, or some other pagan equinox-linked worship (personally, I’m not particularly convinced of these assertions but lets pretend they’re true). Does that in fact demonstrate that Christmas is a pagan holiday and that the early Church was corrupted by such influences?

Actually, it’s exactly the reverse.

If the Christmas date was purposely set on December 25th in order to thwart a pagan festival it demonstrates the total domination of early Christianity over said paganism. It is proof that the worship of the Sun god was so thoroughly routed that this “god” even lost his special day. He was not only defeated, he was replaced and forgotten.

To help illustrate the point, imagine for a moment that America was one day overrun by China and, choosing a random date, let’s say the final victory happened on June 7th. In addition, imagine that China wished to commemorate the victory with an annual holiday, but rather than using the actual victory date they used July 4th instead. Would that then make the Chinese conquering holiday a covert celebration of American independence?

Only if you’re a complete moron. No offence, of course.

In reality it would be a humiliating slap in the face of American independence; an eternal reminder that America was not independent but a slave to its conquering master. July 4th would be the perfect date with which to celebrate the holiday. Likewise, December 25th has been forever claimed by the conquering Lord, Jesus Christ, and all false gods – deities, emperors, and planets alike – served their eternal eviction notice.

So, please zealots, give it a rest this season. December 25th is a more than adequate date for the celebration of our Lord’s entrance into the world.

Merry Christmas.

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9 thoughts on “Tis the Season for Moronic Attacks on Christmas

  1. Hey. How would your wife feel if you sent her a birthday card that you had given to a former girlfriend, with a sentiment already written in it and you merely stroked the girlfriends name out and wrote your wife’s in below? Oh and you sent it to your wife on the girlfriends birthday.

    I can just imagine how thrilled she would be.

  2. Is that what you feel Christmas is to Jesus?

    There’s a number of flaws with your analogy, though it was clever. First, when exactly is Christ’s birthday? Did he tell us? Ask the ancient Church and they didn’t have a clue. Thus, there is no set “birthday” for Jesus. There are a number of reasons in circulation as to why the Church chose December 25th. One of the more popular ones is the pretend one that I used in the article, but a wonderful case can be made that the early Church did not in fact replace a pagan festival with the Nativity. Here’s one such article if you want to take a look: http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=16-10-012-v

    A second flaw is that a “card” is a poor analogy right from the start. Christmas is a time of celebration, not a “message to Jesus”. To make the analogy work you’d have to use, perhaps, a worship song that was once used to worship a pagan deity and change the god’s name and replace it with Jesus. Something akin to this is done frequently in modern Protestant churches, using secular songs with minor lyric changes to make it Jesus’y.

  3. Love the perspective and honestly, your wit is spot on! There are so many things with huge Christmas holiday to concern ourselves with that bickering about a mere date seems rather silly. What would you suggest, though, for the Christian that must face a church full of believers who begin bickering about pagan-this-and-that and symbolic such-and-such? What is the appropriate response to that?

  4. Oh, I don’t know, ask them if they believe Jesus is the “logos” of God (as the Apostle John puts it). They must say yes. When they do remind them Christ as “logos” was originally a Stoic concept long before the Apostle used it in reference to Christ. Does that make logos theology pagan? The list goes on and on. Speaking specifically to Christmas nearly everything in it – including the tree, Santa, gifts, etc., come from legitimate Christian roots (most of which are of Russian Orthodox origin). I’d also pick on the average modern church building. Most of them resemble theaters more than a temples of God. What’s more pagan than the theater?

  5. well said, what really matters is not the date or the origins of traditions which help us to celebrate but to remember that what we are celebrating is the incarnation of GOD as a baby – an invasion of our world by a good and loving God who wants to reveal himself to us, his creation.
    Merry Christmas.

  6. Yes but celebrating the Jesus by using a specifically pagan day and incorporating the rituals used in the pagan festival is, I think, highly offensive to the Lord as he has said He will not share His glory.

    And they did replace a pagan day with a Christian named one because replacement theology was the practice in ancient times. The new religion often incorporated the old so the transition was less painful. This is in fact exactly what the Roman church did.

    And as for the card – the analogy was what was done in celebration. To celebrate your wifes birthday you give her a card. To celebrate Christmas we trot out Christianized pagan symbols and practices and then arrogantly think that God will be pleased.

    If the day were celebrated without the pagan influence there would be no problem since, as you stated, we don’t know the exact day Christ was born.
    But as the saying goes, “You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig.” You can give it Christian names all you want but it’s still pagan.

  7. I’d be curious to know what day you’ve decided to celebrate Christmas on, since you’ve judged the whole of Christendom – the ancient Church East and West and nearly the entire spectrum of Protestantism – as practicing paganism in celebrating Christmas on Dec 25th (minus some Orthodox who practice in early January). If you care to follow up, I’d also be curious to learn what you mean by the ancient church believing “replacement theology.” Are you referring to the replacement of Israel with the Church? Also, if time allows, please elaborate on all the so called pagan practices that were incorporated into the Christmas celebration from pagan Rome. I’m curious if you have hard evidence or if you are simply rehearsing popular theological myth.

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