“Christ” in Christmas, the real origins of Christmas and why Christians have no real claim on it.

I’m willing to bet that most Christians have absolutely no idea about the real origins of their favorite holiday, and the fact that it doesn’t even stem from their religion at all, but a Pagan week-long celebration that Christians stole while they were forcibly converting the Pagans. I’d like to explain, in the simplest of terms, why trying to keep the Christ in Christmas is ridiculous considering he was never really in it to begin with.

A large portion of christians have blindly accepted (among other things) that Christmas supposedly celebrate the birth of Christ, as many churches teach, but in reality the holiday was originally a week-long celebration started by Roman Pagans of lawlessness. Jesus wasn’t born on this date (assuming he was real at all, considering the only accounts of his life were hearsay and story-telling, which was how the accounts of this person were passed on until anyone bothered writing them down about 140 years after his supposed existance), December 25th, at all, actually and it is only a very popularly perpetuated myth.

Now, more on this pagan celebration, officially named Saturnalia. Basically, the “purpose” of the celebration was a twisted sort of unity in the community; for each celebration they would pick a victim to signify the enemy of their community, a.k.a the “Lord of Misrule”, to be sacrificed at the end of the celebration – although they were treated like royalty during the week before their death.  Other customs usually observed during this celebration were extreme drunkenness, rape, general chaos, and people would commonly eat a human-shaped pastry (not actually made of human, in case you were wondering).

Now, at some point in the 4th century, in an attempt to convert large masses of pagans to christianity, the christians tried to take over the festival and celebrate their religion with it, and it worked, they did convert a large number of people. The hope was to have them celebrate the holiday as Christians would, but the problem here was that there wasn’t anything very Christian about the holiday. As a fix to that, they labeled the festival’s concluding day as a day to celebrate the birth of Christ. They also tried to do away with the more barbaric rituals. But for a long time, people were celebrating ‘Christmas’ with this week-long festival of drunkenness and some very unsavory activities. Now, the early celebrations of this holiday were not celebrated under the actual pretense that Jesus was born on that day, but that they wanted to make conversion easier by using a pagan holiday and turning it into a Christian one. Over time the customs changed to make the holiday seem more Christian, and other traditions arose alongside of it. This is the very reason why Puritans and some other groups refuse to celebrate the holiday.

There is even evidence in the bible (if you want to get biblical about it) that suggest the “savior” wasn’t born in winter at all, but spring. (Luke 2:8)

Now, I also know there isn’t one word in the bible that tells you to celebrate Christmas. Old testament, or new, or anywhere else.

And that is why, as an atheist, I feel I have as much right as anyone else to celebrate the holiday. It has no true origins, none that have kept to what the meaning of the celebration was supposed to be. It’s just a bastardized version of a heathenistic celebration that has somehow turned into a winter holiday about being with family and giving and receiving gifts. So be prepared Christians, next time you tell me I shouldn’t celebrate Christmas because I’m not Christians, I’ll happily tell you why the holiday isn’t Christian either. Next time you complain about people saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” because you think it’s disrespectful to Jesus, I’ll remind you how the holiday has nothing to do with Jesus at all.

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