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Christmas Symbols & Traditions

ACTS Magazine
November 2003





Christmas traditions and symbols such as Mistletoe, Evergreen Trees, Bough and Wreaths, Exchanging Gifts, Burning of Incense and Candles, Revering Mother and Child, Yule Log, Christmas Goose, Wassailing Bowl, etc. all have the same pagan roots.

Rational people can only conclude that Christmas festivities are nothing more than idolatrous rituals to which the name "Christian" has been added.

Christmas Tree
The present day Christmas tree goes back to the worship of sacred trees in the ancient Babylonian system.

The green evergreen symbolized the incarnate Baal coming to life through the incarnate baby Tammuz.  

The custom of decorating and worshipping trees spread throughout the known world, with the variety of tree used selected according to the natural growth of each area of the world.

Ancient Egyptians brought green palm branches into their homes on the shortest day of the year in December as a symbol of life's triumph over death.

Ancient Finns used sacred groves instead of temples.

Romans adorned their homes with evergreens during Saturnalia, a winter festival in honor of  Saturnus, their god of agriculture.

Druid priests decorated oak trees with golden apples for their winter solstice festivities and held their sacred ceremonies with surround and worshipping huge trees.

The Bible warns that these green trees were associated with idolatry and pagan worship. "Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people [are] vain: for [one] cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not."  (Jeremiah 10:1-4)



Christmas Caroling
During the season called Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun, the Mummers of ancient Rome dressed up in costumes and traveled from house to house singing and dancing to honor the Sun god.  From this, the Christmas tradition of caroling was born.



Yule Tidings
The pagans of northern Europe celebrated their own winter solstice, known as Yule.  Yule was symbolic of the pagan Sun God, Mithras, being born, and was observed on the shortest day of the year.  The word Yule itself means "wheel," the wheel being a pagan symbol of the sun.



Mistletoe & Holly
Mistletoe was considered a sacred plant, and the custom of kissing under the mistletoe began as a fertility ritual.  Two hundred years before the birth of Christ, the Druids used mistletoe to celebrate the coming winter.  Scandinavians also thought of mistletoe as a plant of peace and harmony and associated it with their goddess of love, Frigga.  Holly berries were thought to be a food of the gods.



Santa Claus
Pagan observances were all originated by man or by satan through man.  Santa Claus is the greatest deception of all the other traditions and symbols.   It is an outright lie that satan has been perpetrating upon the world so that children will believe lies rather than truth.  Many of the attributes of Jesus are accredited to the fictitious Santa Claus.

The great fraudster, satan, is attempting to divert all praise and honor from Jesus to this fat jolly old man!