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Whose war on Christmas?

‘Tis the Season of stupid comments about Christmas and a “war on Christmas”.
Funny, but people forget about, or are just plain ignorant of, the FACT that some Christians did not like Christmas based upon its pagan origins and traditions (pretty much all of them are Pagan). 

Christmas was banned in Puritan England and New England as well as Scotland.  Other Protestant faiths refused (and some still refuse) to celebrate Christmas.  It wasn’t until 1870 that Christmas became a federal holiday!

I’m going to grab this comment as a pretty good summary of the state of Christmas in the US:

Christmas is actually a perfect example of the way that a nearly homogeneously Christian dominant culture has segued into a pluralistic one. Christmas is a national holiday mostly because it’s always been one and the inertia is too strong. But Christmas has been co-opted by secular society to the point that it is celebrated by the popular culture as a nonreligious holiday. All the Christmas specials about the “true meaning of Christmas” being abstract notions like “giving” and “caring” and “family” and so on.

The other part of this is that lots of voters still believe that America is a “Christian” country–whatever that means–and any politician who so much as suggested demoting Dec. 25 from its status as a federal holiday would be committing political suicide for no tangible benefit.

So, there really isn’t a “secular war” on Christmas and Christians, it’s that some people don’t realise that the holiday has become secular, rather than religious.

The Wisdom of Father Dougal




The World of Religion

From the Misanthropic Principle

The Astrological significance of the nativity story

The Unsporken Bible has a really good piece about the Astrological significance of the Nativity story that shows up in the First Zeitgeist film which I mention in the No Myth post and can be found at http://www.usbible.com/Astrology/star_of_bethlehem.htm. He also discusses it at When Was Jesus Born?

The Wise Men and the Star of Bethlehem

An incredible amount of time has been wasted trying to determine the historicity of Jesus, all because scholars and theologians are too conceited to consider astrology-or maybe there is too much money, egos and careers at stake? The book of Matthew practically tells you where to look.

Actually, the connection between astronomy and mythology has not gone unnoticed by apologists. I have a few Christian sources that go to great lengths to “disprove” the connection between astrology and Christianity by steering their readers away from the traditional sun cycle. To admit such a link would be fatal to the conceit of their faith.

Now, thanks to computer technology, we can simulate these biblical events for ourselves and see with positive proof that the Gospel narratives were derived from the stars. We can confirm that the Bible contains nothing more than a series of pagan myths with a different spin.

The favorite rationale for why Jesus’ birthday is celebrated on December 25th is that the early Christian fathers chose that date as a way of attracting pagan followers. That’s bull. The entire nativity legend can be seen played out in the sky.

Christian mythology is written as if the events took place on earth. Unless one looks for the double meaning in the Bible’s language, the astronomical connection can’t be seen. The Gospels are laid out according to the zodiacal motifs with Jesus, the sun hero, passing through the four seasons. He is born every year on December 25, the first day when daylight hours start to increase.

In the winter months, the darkness of evil is still in force. As the daylight hours start to increase, he is said to be increasing in strength. His mission starts on the first day of spring when daylight hours equal nighttime hours. Spring is the time of righteousness.

He is at full strength at the summer solstice when the sun is at its highest position in the sky. As the sun descends through the summer months, the dark forces of evil are said to be sapping his strength.

When the sun passes through the autumnal equinox, the evil forces of darkness are said to be ruling. On the three darkest days of the year, the sun is dead from December 21 to 24. His resurrection restarts on December 25, when the sun starts to ascend again.

I have to admit that the Unspoken Bible is an interesting site!

No myth!

The problem is that the birth and crucifiction stories relate to astrological phenomenon which happen at the Solstice, which means that the Story is not a myth.

All hail the New Born Sun!

Scotland and Christmas

As we Are getting ready for another bout of crazed Christians trying to get Christ back in Christmas, I am reminded of yet another attempt to ban the holiday due to it’s not being a “Christian Holiday”.

That is because while I am getting ready for St. Andrew’s Day, it hit me that there is the incongruity that my house is decorated for Christmas. Christmas was banned in Scotland for 400 years! For those not in the know, the Scots made the Puritans or Taliban look like Unitarians in terms of strict fundamentalism. John Knox banned Christmas in the 1580’s as it was seen to be either pagan or papist in origin. Unlike the English and New English Puritans, the ban was strictly enforced in law. That meant that Christmas was a fairly low key religious celebration (if celebrated at all). It wasn’t even a public holiday in Scotland until 1958. Prior to then, people worked normally on Christmas day, although the children did get presents. If you want to have a real traditional Scottish Christmas, you should go into work on Christmas day! In 1997/98 and 2001/2002 there were strikes at Scottish banks because the bank staff were getting English holidays rather than the Scottish ones which have more time off at New Year.

Hogmanay is the real celebration in Scotland, although I think that is far more pagan. In fact, one source says that Hogmanay is either Viking or Pagan in origin which indeed makes it incongruous that the Scots celebrate that. On the other hand, maybe it is because the holiday isn’t a pagan debasement of the Lord that the Scots tolerated it. It was just pure out pagan revelry, plain and simple without trying to dress it up in Jesus’ name!
One site about Hogmanay reiterates that thought

Why Hogmanay in Scotland is So Important

Although some of the Hogmanay Traditions are ancient, the celebrations were elevated in importance after the banning of Christmas in the 16th and 17th centuries. Under Oliver Cromwell, Parliament banned Christmas celebrations in 1647. The ban was lifted after Cromwell’s downfall in 1660. But in Scotland, the stricter Scottish Presbyterian Church had been discouraging Christmas celebrations – as having no basis in the Bible, from as early as 1583. After the Cromwellian ban was lifted elsewhere, Christmas festivities continued to be discouraged in Scotland. In fact, Christmas remained a normal working day in Scotland until 1958 and Boxing Day did not become a National Holiday until much later.

But the impulse to party, and to put the products of Scotland’s famous distilleries to good use, could not be repressed. In effect, Hogmany became Scotland’s main outlet for the mid-winter impulse to chase away the darkness with light, warmth and festivities.

Anyway, I am listening to Traditional English Pub Carols as I am writing this and thinking about the difference in Culture between north and south of the Border.  I’m glad to say that I am not the first to suffer from this incongruity as there was a rather famous personage who was important in raising awareness of both Christmas and Scotland.  And who was gonna tell her she couldn’t celebrate Christmas if she wanted?

Crucifiction and Solstice myth a new concoction.

I sort of doubt that since I live in a county that has Avebury and Stonehenge stone circles. Avebury is one of the largest Neolithic monuments in Europe and about 5,000 years old. These are only a couple of the ancient monuments that point to where the sun rises on the solstice.

Neither is the bit from Zeitgeist about the stars aligning in the Night Sky of the Winter Solstice as seen from a northern sky. The three stars in Orion’s Belt align with the brightest star in the eastern sky Sirius to show where the Sun will rise in the morning after winter solstice. At about three BC it is said that “three wise men” or “three Kings” came from the East following a “bright star” to witness the “Son of God” being born. It is interesting that to this day this birth is celebrated year after year coinciding with the Winter Solstice, the place where the Sun was traditionally thought to be “re-born” each year.

Also, the Crucifiction myth has been pretty well gone over starting with Kersey Graves: The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors. The problem with the Cult of Mithra is that not much is known about the beliefs of the cult of Mithras. I mean mystery should clue you in that one needed to be initiated before one learned about the cult. But, Mithras wasn’t the only mystery religion in the ancient world. For example, the Eleusinian Mysteries date back to the the Mycenean period (c. 1600 BC).

So, perhaps it is easy to dismiss the mystery religions if one hasn’t been to the ancient world, however, there are signs of them throughout Europe. The Temple of Mithras in London is one of the most famous of all 20th century Roman discoveries in the City of London. One finds even more evidence of these cults as one travels to the lands that were once Ancient Rome and Greece (Britain once being a part of the Roman Empire).