We are approaching Dec. 25, a date that is regarded as the favorite holiday all around the world. It is a day of celebration, spending time together, opening many gifts, and dancing many songs. Unfortunately, this world celebrates Christmas out of tradition and not with knowledge and revelation.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Romans 12:2 NIV
This world follows Pagan traditions without understanding that there is a concept behind everything. There are so many attributions to Christmas that if we’re not careful, we can be part of a Pagan celebration and tradition that can curse our lives and those around us. This verse mentions that we cannot conform to the pattern of this world, and we must continually be transformed by the renewal of our mind.
“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.”
Hoseah 4:6 NIV
The more traditional we become, the more religion we creep up. Religion will seduce us away from God, as revealed in this Bible verse. Let’s analyze some myths and facts that we have heard when we were young little kids and break the veil to reality, according to Historical and Biblical facts:
Myth #1: Jesus Christ was born Dec. 25.
This is perhaps the most absurd fact that has been received by people all around the world. Historically, the Savior of the world was born around October or spring season. Shepherds and kings tend to be out normally on spring and not on winter season. Around that time, it was expected that they roamed the desert to visit the newborn Jesus.
Myth #2: Christmas was always a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Before the birth of Jesus, there was a celebration on the same date. The event known as Yule was a celebration of life. During this date, Pagan rituals and sacrifices were committed. In other parts of the world, Dec. 25 was the birthday of Mithra, a god that was born from a rock. All of these celebrations came together to spread the worship of different gods and to praise and acknowledge idolatry. By the fourth century after the birth of Christ, Dec. 25 was declared Feast Day of the Nativity.
Myth #3: Everybody always loved Christmas
As the wild parties continued to grow, Christians adopted traditions such as the Christmas tree and giving gifts. The parties consisted of drinking, dancing, orgies, and living a worldly life-style. As a result, Puritans arose in 1652 to eradicate Christmas and save their souls from damnation. They feared that celebrating Christmas would take them to hell. Even after declaring independence from Great Britain, for about the next 70 years, the government remained open on Dec. 25. If anyone would celebrate this event, they were fined.
Myth #4: Santa Claus is an innocent creation.
Originally, the Santa Claus creation came from a real man known as Nicholas. This man came from a rich family but lost them during a plague. He was raised in a monastery at the age of 17 and in every December he would give gifts to little children. After his death, he passed on to become a saint in the Catholic Church. After the rise of Martin Luther and the exposure of the “95 Theses” that excommunicated him from the Catholic Church, Luther banned teaching the praised Saint Nicholas in Lutheranism. As a result, Protestant churches all over the world adopted a different expression of “the giver of gifts.”
Fact #1: The devil tried replacing the birth of Jesus with the exaltation of giving gifts, an attempt to revive the spirit of Midian.
In the Old Testament, the people of Midian had stolen the harvest and the fruits of the people. Similarly, during Christmas, the “giving spirit” has arisen in parents who have had the desire to give gifts to their children. Parents have asked their kids every year to write a Christmas list to Santa Claus, and later on they would have bought their presents. This spirit of Midian has stolen the hearts and minds of children and has made them think that Santa Claus gave them their gifts for being a good boy or girl. This eliminates the ideology that Jesus gives us everything. When they find the reality, it is a harsh truth that they don’t recover from. They eventually have faith believing that Christ can heal their body, bless their finances, or bring them businesses.
Fact #2: Christmas is a time to celebrate the life of Jesus.
Although it is not a sin to give gifts to people, this is not the reason why we celebrate Christmas. It is important to give thanks to those that have helped us throughout our life, but it is also important to not get in debt to be able to honor them. The most important reason of Christmas is to give God thanks that Jesus Christ was born and that He wiped the world away from iniquity. He gave us hope and the assurance that we live for, nowadays.
With these revelations in mind, let us celebrate Christmas the right way: to thank Jesus for why He came to Earth!