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Here is what the Spirit saith:

81 And every man or woman that goes to church... Today I was thinking of the cathedrals a ringing out, and the bells a tolling, and so forth like that; and
people going to the church, and making ready, and the women buying their Easter hats and so forth. What has this come to? My, how I can't understand where a
rabbit has anything to do with the resurrection (See? No, sir.), or how a Christmas tree has anything to do with the birth of Christ. It's pagan,
friends. We've got off the path somewhere. That's right. But now a real born again man or woman realizes, because there's life within you, tells you that
that's wrong. Is that right?

Note: "It's pagan" - "We've got off the path somewhere"

124 Here a few weeks, or even right now, there's reindeers, and Santa Clauses, and--and jingle bells, and all kinds of things hanging up, which is pagan
ceremony. It's an article of the Catholic church. People paying great prices and swapping presents and things like that, pagan. Christmas is a day of

127 And by the way, Christ wasn't born on the twenty-fifth day of December either. He couldn't have been. If you'd ever been in Judaea, the hills are full
of snow, worse than it is here: He born in April when all nature comes forth. Now, but it's a tradition. And why--why do we do those things? Because we
follow the traditions of men instead of the commandments of God. Then something like that wouldn't matter, but they just make a commercial day out of it. It's
a disgrace, a shame for them to do such things as that. A pagan ceremony
Note: "Pagan ceremony" - "Christ wasn't born on the twenty-fifth day of
December" - "Why do we do those things? Because we follow the traditions of men instead of the commandments of God."

271 Now, the historians says that "All evidence that Jesus was born in the month of April when all other life comes forth." But they've changed it back to
the 25th day of December, five days after (See?) after the pagan god, so they could put their ceremonies together: paganism and Christianity. And Catholicism
is nothing in the world but a bunch of pagan superstitions and Christianity's off-casts put together. That's right. That is true. And the Protestants that
knuck to it is just exactly the daughter of the mother prostitute. That's exactly. Now, God help us to be real protesters against anything that's not godly. See?

171 You know where you got Christmas? Christ was born in April. But what did they do? The solar system is slowing up now as it gets away, each day getting a
little longer--a little shorter, and a little shorter. And from the twentieth until the twenty-fifth is when the sun god had its birthday. This... There's
about five days there; that's when they had the Roman circus in that time, the celebration of the sun god's birthday at that time. And now you see what you
got now? They said make it the sun-god, they take it Son of God. And the whole thing is pagan to begin with. And the people on the streets, with their high-
heeled shoes, and they're twisting up and down the streets, and running into stores... And here the other day, my wife was telling me, "Someone said, 'I won't know
what to get daddy.' Said, 'Brother's going to get him a quart of whiskey, and the other one said he was going to get him some champagne.' And one said, 'Well, I'm going to get him a--a poker set.'" Celebration of Christmas, pagan, devil-worship... All right.

Note: "Celebration of Christmas, pagan, devil-worship"

38-4 On this Christmas eve, Lord, we're grateful for the Gift of God. For God giving to us, though this be some, as we believe in out hearts, some pagan
superstition of the day that they have tried to mold it and make it be like a-- a mass--Christ-mass. But we are not coming in that way of Santa Claus, and Christmas trees, and--and decorations; but we're coming in the Name of the Lord Jesus to worship the God of heaven that was made incarnate, flesh like us, and dwelled among us to redeem us, and suffered the reproach of the Name, suffered the reproach of the cross to let a worldly institution put Emmanuel to death, in order that He
could bring us to Eternal Life.

24-4 There's that Roman empire bound there by what? The ecclesiastical powers, which Rome, pagan Rome become papal Rome, and was bound there in its traditions of Christian, what part of Christian and--and superstitions it had of Rome, putting together all these worship of women, and all these other kind of stuff,
and Christmas days, and holidays, and holy days, and things. It's been bound by that tradition that it cannot let loose, because it's against Christian principles. Still the same ungodly, pagan spirit... And that spirit caught into the nations of the world, according to the prophecies of Ezekiel, and the rest of them.

I think I can give a little bit of Christmas history according to what I have studied on it.
Let's break it down just a little bit.

The 25th of December was a day for celebrating or honoring the pagan Gods. In ancient Babylon (any hints here? =]) it was the celebration of the son of the
Babylonian queen of heaven. The Egpytians celebrated the son of Isis. The Romans - it was the birthday of the "sun" which Constantine himself was a
member of. In the Babylonian day of celebration, there was partying, gluttony, drinking and gift-giving set the traditional tone of what is not called "Christmas".

Here is some more interesting notes regarding "yuleday": YULE is a Chaldean name for infant or child. Yule was symbolic of the pagan Sun God "Mithras",
being born on the 25th. They believed that as the Sun God matured, the days became longer and warmer. Interesting note that it was custom to light a candle
to encourage their Sun God to reappear the next year.

Mistletoe note - Mistletoe was considered a sacred plant and the custom of kissing under it began as a fertility ritual.

350AD, Pope (Babylon again!) Julias I declared that Christ birth would be celebrated on the 25th, trying to coax the pagan Romans into Christianity. It
went well, because the pagans of Rome didn't have to give up their feasts.

Among the Romans it was customary to exchange food, trinkets, candles, or statues of gods during the mid-winter Kalends (the first day of the month in
the ancient Roman calendar). This custom was transferred to December 25th by the Roman Church in keeping with the Saturnalian festival.

Here is a little goodie from Charles Spurgeon on the subject:

We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly, we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first,
because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; and, secondly, because we find no Scriptural
warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Saviour; and, consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine
authority. Superstition has fixed most positively the day of our Saviour's birth, although there is no possibility of discovering when it occured.
Fabricius gives a catalogue of 136 different learned opinions upon the matter; and various divines invent weighty arguments for advocating a date in every
month of the year.

It was not till the middle of the third century that any part of the church celebrated the nativity of our Lord, and it was not till very long after the
Western church had set the example that the Eastern adopted it. Because the day is not known, therefore superstition has fixed it; while, since the death of
our Saviour might be determined with much certainty, therefore superstition shifts the date of its observance every year.

Where is the method in the madness of the superstitious? Probably the fact is that the holy days were arranged to fit in with the heathen festivals. We
venture to assert, that if there be any day in the year, of which we may be pretty sure that it was not the day on which the Saviour was born, it is the
twenty-fifth of December.

From a sermon delivered on the Lord's Day morning,
24th December, 1871
at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, London

Certainly, Christ-mass has its origins in the garden of Eden. Always seems to back to a "tree", huh? I say cut it down and burn it... yes, it IS good for
something! ;)

Christmas is OK to celebrate? Depends if you are pagan or not.

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