Many think Christmas as a relatively new holiday and associate it with the birth of Christ.
The birth of Christ is now celebrated during the winter solstice, even though many now believe Jesus was born in the spring. There are many logical reasons for Christ to have been born during the spring season, the most obvious reason being this is the only time shepherds would have watched over their flocks because in the early spring is when the sheep give birth to young lambs.
Christmas actually dates back to ancient Pagan holidays and even to a time before that. December 25th is the date given for the birth of Jesus, Buddha, and Mithra (600) B.C.
Mithra was born in Persia on Dec. 25th as an offspring of the sun. He was called the good shepherd and was represented by both the lion and the lamb. He was buried in a tomb and arose again three days later on what is now Easter Sunday. Mithranic worship flourished as late as the
second century A.D, so some of those traditions could have carried over
Christmas is celebrated during the winter solstice for when the sun rises during the winter solstice, Virgo, the mother sign of the zodiac first appears above the morning horizon symbolically holding a child in her arms, and pursued by a serpent directly under her feet.
Many other cultures of the world, Egypt (Isis and Osiris), the Maya and Buddha of India hold this same symbolism. The ancient Australian Aborigines also have a Rainbow Serpent in their dream time legends.
Many of the traditional trappings of Christmas such as the tree, gifts, decorations and others all date back to Pagan religions and before to Persia and the Middle East.
The Christmas tree has it’s roots beginning with the “Tree of Life” and to an earlier time when life existed in the frozen northlands of Siberia and beyond. At that period of time it became a sacred symbol signifying a rebirth of the world when the sun again began its journey
north and the days were becoming longer.
Even before the birth of Christ, people in the Roman Empire would bring branches from evergreen trees inside in the winter to brighten the environment.
Decorating with greenery was also part of Jewish tradition “Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days. ” (Leviticus
The idea of a gift bearer was largely a European tradition while Santa Claus was born in the United States. The Christmas legend has now spread around the world and through the years has gained a large popularity even in non Christan cultures, thus in modern times it has become a worldwide tradition.
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