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The truth about Christmas November 26, 2007

Posted by Al in : interesting , trackback

I’m sorry, but no matter how hard I try I just cannot bring myself to be excited by Christmas. To me it’s just an annoying day where you have to get up earlier than you want, then spend all day having to pretend to enjoy yourself when there’s probably many other things you’d rather be doing, and finally get home and feel an immense sense of relief that it’s all over for another year. Even more annoying is the run up to Christmas, where the pressure to find the right present for family and friends is intense, as is the pressure to spend.

I don’t know what I’ll buy Winnie yet, I’m thinking that we might go halves on a new HD TV, but there’s this niggling feeling that this might not be a ‘special’ enough present and so may be taken as a sign that I don’t value her enough, or something. This, to me, is one of the worst parts of Christmas: the dread of buying a present that might offend the recipient. It’s made even worse when you ask someone what they want and their reply is along the lines of “nothing” – which is something I’m guilty of quite regularly. Luckily I know what I want from my mother (the Bourne trilogy and Bladerunner: the Director’s Cut on DVD), and my sister (any Terry Pratchet that I don’t already own), and I think I’d like a HD TV form/with Winnie – so I can now answer anybody likely to buy me a present.

Anyway, back to the entire point of this post: how Christmas is not what it seems. I have previously posted details of how Christ’s life bears a striking similarity to that of Mithras, and now it appears that Christmas is also based on his birth as well. December the 25th was the birthday of Mithras millennia before Jesus ever walked the Earth, and just in case any early Christians were not followers of Mithras then the Winter solstice had long been celebrated around this date. The yule log was literally a log that was large enough to burn for 12 days, and so gave us the 12 days of Christmas; mistletoe was Druidic in origin and Christ Mass (soon to become Christmas) was not celebrated until 1308.

So next time you think about what you are celebrating on Christmas, please be aware that you are not celebrating the birth of Jesus (which was never given in the Bible and is commonly agreed to be late Summer), or anything actually given in the Bible. Instead, you are celebrating a rite created by the Roman Catholic church in the 14th century, which was based on pagan rituals for thousands of years before that; and that this rite has now become so important to manufacturing and retail that it is unlikely to be challenged by any major party in the near future.


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