The Origins of Christmas

 
Many are concerned about putting “Christ back into Christmas.”
Was He ever there?
Where did Christmas originate?
From the Bible or paganism?
What is the real origin of Santa Claus—mistletoe—Christmas trees—holly wreaths—and the custom of exchanging gifts?
Here are the stunning answers!

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Where did Christmas originate? From the Bible or paganism? What is the real origin of Santa Claus—mistletoe—Christmas trees—holly wreaths—and the custom of exchanging gifts? Many are concerned about putting “Christ back into Christmas.” Was He ever there? Here are the stunning answers!

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    • Justin Gravitt Even the assertions found on your link aren’t as clear as they may seem.http://touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=16-10-012-v

      touchstonemag.com

      Many Christians think that Christians celebrate Christ’s birth on December 25…th because the church fathers appropriated the date of a pagan festival. Almost no one minds, except for a few groups on the fringes of American Evangelicalism, who seem to think that this makes Christmas itself a …See More
      December 23, 2011 at 1:03pm ·LikeUnlike ·
    • Daniel Al-Qãhırıï OliverThank you. I knew you’d be doing your research…

      December 23, 2011 at 1:07pm ·LikeUnlike
    • Sebweteba MusaX-mass z a damn error…

      December 23, 2011 at 2:04pm ·LikeUnlike
    • Becky AdamsWell, regardless of the origins, Christians today (at least the sincere ones) celebrate the birth of Christ.

      December 23, 2011 at 4:46pm ·LikeUnlike
    • Sebweteba Musa‎@adams…dia there z no way U can celebrate s.thng U Dnt kno… Pliz lets use our brains wic Allah gave us as Humans

      December 23, 2011 at 5:01pm ·LikeUnlike
    • Becky AdamsOh, I’m quite educated about my own religion, believe me. But I would be remiss as a Christian not to celebrate Jesus’ birth, wouldn’t you agree?

      December 23, 2011 at 5:15pm ·LikeUnlike · 1
    • Daniel Al-Qãhırıï OliverBecky Adams: Well not necessarily. I mean, did Jesus establish the celebration of his birthday as a part of his religion?

      December 23, 2011 at 9:10pm ·LikeUnlike
    • Daniel Al-Qãhırıï OliverSebweteba Musa: your tone is not constructive, or even inviting. Try to be helpful, not aggressive, akh…

      December 23, 2011 at 9:11pm ·LikeUnlike
    • Daniel Al-Qãhırıï OliverJustin Gravitt: Just to be fair, I posted the first paragraph of the article you recommended here, plus the link, on my blog
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    • Sebweteba MusaSorry for that tone…Bro.

      December 23, 2011 at 10:04pm ·LikeUnlike
    • Shanequa Thomas

      Daniel I have never seen any scripture in the Bible that states Jesus set aside a day that we should celebrate his birth. If you have a reference please share it. As Christians we celebrate out savior everyday & his birth on the 25th of Dec…ember. We say to put the Christ back in Christmas because as believers we must continue to put God first in everything we do and not be swayed by secular ideology. It’s east to get caught up in decorating, santa & stressing over buying gifts. However he is the greatest gift we could or will ever receive. The other items are nice but we must continue to keep him first. Be Blessed!See More
      December 24, 2011 at 12:19am ·LikeUnlike
    • Becky AdamsChristianity is about faith and relationship with God…so I don’t need to be told to celebrate Him.

      December 24, 2011 at 7:03am ·LikeUnlike
    • Daniel Al-Qãhırıï Oliver

      That’s fair enough, Becky Adams, but I think you can see how there being no scriptural roots for celebrating Eesaa/Jesus’ birthday lends strength to the view that Christmas is a pagan festival, because it most obviously does have polytheist…ic/”pagan” roots. But here’s what I believe:
      “There is no compulsion in religion. The truth has been made true from error, so whosoever believes in Allaah/”God” has grasped an everlasting handhold that has no breaking.” (Qur-aan 2.257)
      “So whosoever desires, let him affirm truth, and whosoever desires, let him blot it out.” (Qur-aan 18)
      So there’s complete religious freedom, including to celebrate Christmas, regardless of its roots. I was only trying to explore the issue, and I thank everyone for your views. I’m looking for the truth, not for people to agree with me.See More
      December 24, 2011 at 8:11am ·LikeUnlike
    • Becky AdamsOkay, first of all, I hope you don’t take that same attitude toward your wife’s birthday…surely there’s no written edict stating you must honor her that way. But that aside, my main point is that since I would not deign to criticize how you practice Islam or use my own scriptures to tell you you’re wrong, we will have to agree to disagree.

      December 24, 2011 at 8:15am ·LikeUnlike
    • Daniel Al-Qãhırıï OliverSebweteba Musa; It’s all good. alHamdu-Lillaah

      December 24, 2011 at 8:16am ·LikeUnlike
    • Daniel Al-Qãhırıï Oliver

      Becky Adams: We can do that.
      I would like to say though that I was not criticizing how you or anyone else practices Christianity. This was a public wall post that began with questions. Even the questions were not my own. They were the in…troduction to an article written by a Christian, that included scriptures, as well as anecdotes from church figures, alongside historical research. So no criticism has been launched from my side.

      If I did not methodologically analyze and critique scriptures and practices, I would have to blindly accept that every religion is correct, which is impossible given their contradictions (itself a reason to critique), or I would have to blindly reject them all as wrong, which is also incorrect, considering the moral value of the scriptures and the achievement of different civilizations. Either extreme is equally blind, so I am left with my studies.

      Finally, incidentally, I do not celebrate birthdays. There’s no scriptural or prophetic basis, so we abstain from this. While of course many Muslims do celebrate Muhammad’s birthday (sAaws) and the first day of the Islamic calendar, many more, because of their innovative/heretical nature, do not.See More

      December 24, 2011 at 8:48am ·LikeUnlike
    • Becky AdamsCool. As long as you’re keeping an open mind. My only main point was that Christians will continue to celebrate Christmas regardless of whatever dubious origins the holiday had.

      December 24, 2011 at 8:53am ·LikeUnlike
    • Daniel Al-Qãhırıï Oliver‎”I stays open like an all-night store”. If I had a beef with Christianity/Christians, I wouldn’t have them over for tea so often… 😉

      December 24, 2011 at 11:46am ·LikeUnlike
    • Becky AdamsHehe! Mmmm, beeeef….

      December 24, 2011 at 12:26pm ·LikeUnlike
    • Daniel Al-Qãhırıï Oliver The Muslim Story of Christmas
      “…it perplexes me to hear some Christians talk about Muslims “not
      having Jesus.” We have Jesus… In fact, he is mentioned more by name in the Qur-aan than Muhammad himself.”

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/the-muslim-story-of-christmas/2011/12/21/gIQANPOL9O_blog.html

      www.washingtonpost.com

      The Koran is full of passages about Jesus and Mary, in fact Muslims revere Jesus as a holy prophet.
      December 26, 2011 at 1:11pm ·LikeUnlike ·
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