posted on Dec, 31 2007 @ 11:37 AM
"Jeremiah 10:2: “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen” (KJV)."
The Church allowed the holiday to be celebrated mostly how it always had.
"The earliest Christmas holidays were celebrated by drinking, sexual indulgence, singing naked in the streets (a precursor of modern caroling),
-Stephen Nissenbaum, professor history at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst
In 1466 when Pope Paul II, for the amusement of his Roman citizens, forced Jews to race naked through the streets of the city. An eyewitness account
reports, “Before they were to run, the Jews were richly fed, so as to make the race more difficult for them and at the same time more amusing for
spectators. They ran… amid Rome’s taunting shrieks and peals of laughter, while the Holy Father stood upon a richly ornamented balcony and
-David I. Kertzer, The Popes Against the Jews: The Vatican’s Role in the Rise of Modern Anti-Semitism, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001, p. 74.
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries CE, rabbis of the ghetto in Rome were forced to wear clownish outfits and march through the city streets to the
jeers of the crowd, pelted by a variety of missiles. When the Jewish community of Rome sent a petition in 1836 to Pope Gregory XVI begging him to stop
the annual Saturnalia abuse of the Jewish community, he responded, “It is not opportune to make any innovation.” On December 25, 1881, Christian
leaders whipped the Polish masses into Antisemitic frenzies that led to riots across the country. In Warsaw 12 Jews were brutally murdered, huge
numbers maimed, and many Jewish women were raped. Two million rubles worth of property was destroyed
-Kertzer, p. 33, 74-5.
I'd go on as to the inaccuracies in the you tube videos but no point in adding fire to the fire right now.
Merry Winter Solstice