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Why is Christmas celebrated on December 25th? Most people assume that it has always been a Christian holiday and that it is a celebration of the birth of Jesus. But it turns out that Jesus was not born on December 25th. However, a whole bunch of pagan gods were born on that day. In fact, pagans celebrated a festival involving a heroic supernatural figure that visits an evergreen tree and leaves gifts on December 25th long before Jesus was ever born. From its early Babylonian roots, the celebration of the birth or "rebirth" of the sun god on December 25th came to be celebrated under various names all over the ancient world. You see, the winter solstice occurs a few days before December 25th each year. The winter solstice is the day of the year when daylight is the shortest. In ancient times, December 25th was the day each year when the day started to become noticeably longer. Thus it was fitting for the early pagans to designate December 25th as the date of the birth or the "rebirth" of the sun.
The truth is that thousands of years before there was a "Santa Claus", there was another supernatural figure who would supposedly visit a tree and leave gifts every December 25th.
His name was Nimrod.
After Nimrod's death (c. 2167 BC), Semiramis promoted the belief that he was a god. She claimed that she saw a full-grown evergreen tree spring out of the roots of a dead tree stump, symbolizing the springing forth of new life for Nimrod. On the anniversary of his birth, she said, Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts under it.
So when you offer "yuletide" greetings, you are actually acknowledging Nimrod's birthday.
Originally posted by DaddyBare
Not to sound like I'm ragging on you but I really hate the term "Pagan"...
See I'm Native American I follow the beliefs and traditions handed down by my ancestors... we've been doing the same thing far longer than Christianity been around yet were labeled "Pagan" or better yet "Heathen" got to love that one....
I'm not saying you should try to be PC here but ya know we really need a better, nicer term for we none X-tains one that doesn't makes us sound like a pack of loin cloth wearing cavemen...
BTW Dec was picked as X-mas because we "Pagans" celebrate the winter Solstice at around the same time (9:47 am in the morning of Monday, December 21 for this year)... FYI did you know every year the world spends around 35 billion dollars on X-mass stuff... decorations presents sundries... yup 35 billion in personal wealth, poof, gone, just like that..
[edit on 11-12-2009 by DaddyBare]
Originally posted by x2Strongx
reply to post by DaddyBare
Didn't intend to be Non-PC. Actually my wife is Native American and her and I have always been interested in alternative beliefs, theories, history, etc...
I just thought this article was interesting hearing about some of the origins on the practices that many people do this time of year.