The Birth of Christ… mas.

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    Ever since you were a kid, you remember hanging stockings, decorating your house with lights, putting up a Christmas tree and opening up presents. You also remember the idea of the great Santa Claus. You were most likely told by your parents that Santa came in the dead of night, crawled down your chimney and delivered all your presents under your tree. Did you ever question what your parents told you? Unlikely. Mostly because… well why wouldn’t you listen to your parents? You also probably liked the fact you got presents from some guy who likes cookies. But you aren’t the only one.  Few of us ever reflect on what we believe, why we believe it and where those beliefs come from. Especially kids. Why is that? Are we distant relatives to sheep? Well yes, but that’s not the reason.
    The real reason is unclear. As is the real truth behind Christmas. The best explanation you’ll get is that, by nature, we do tend to follow the crowd, whether right or wrong, as sheep follow others to the slaughter. Humans ought to check on where they are headed. But I digress. Now you’ve heard, by word of mouth, that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ and is of Christian origination. Both of those claims are false. Actually, the date of Christ’s birth is unknown. Any encyclopedia, or any other authority, will tell you that Christ was not born on December 25. The Catholic Encyclopedia frankly states this fact, and don’t you think if God wanted us to celebrate Jesus’ birthday, he would’ve given us an exact date to do so? Plus, Christians don’t even celebrate birthdays. Birthday celebrations originated in the Pagan religion, which actually turns out to be the religion that ended up founding Christmas… completely unintentionally.
    The actual origination of Christmas comes from ancient Babylon. It was Nimrod, grandson of Ham, son of Noah (yes, the Noah like Noah’s Ark) who was been born on December 25th… Christmas. Mothered by Semiramis, who earned the name, “Queen of Heaven,” through her scheming and designing, Nimrod became the “divine son of heaven.” From many ancient writings, a considerable amount can learned of this man. He was said to be a very evil man and even married his mother. After Nimrod’s early death, his mother, Semiramis, spread the idea that Nimrod had survived as a spirit being. She claimed a mature evergreen tree grew overnight from a dead tree stump, which symbolized the turning of a new leaf for the dead Nimrod’s spirit. On each anniversary of his birth, she claimed, Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts under the tree. As stated before, December 25th was the birthday of Nimrod. This is the real origin of Christmas and the Christmas tree.
    What about Santa Claus? Surely he was not also of Pagan origination? Actually, he was. As you’ve probably heard, Santa’s real name is St. Nicholas, which it actually is. Although, he may not have been exactly how you imagined Santa Claus. St. Nicholas was a Roman Catholic bishop who lived in the 5th century and according to Encyclopedia Britannica, volume 19, pages 648-649, “St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra, a saint honored by the Greeks and Latins on the sixth of December. . . . A legend of his surreptitious bestowal of dowries on the three daughters of an impoverished citizen . . . is said to have originated the old custom of giving presents in secret on the eve of St. Nicholas [Dec. 6], subsequently transferred to Christmas day. Hence the association of Christmas with Santa Claus. . . .”
    And so when we look at the facts, we find that the practice of observing Christmas is not really a true Christian practice, but a Pagan custom that was created long before the birth of Christ… whenever that was.