Christmas and Santa – My 2 Cents

Hmm, I figure its that time of year to share my opinion on how I feel about Christmas, or the holiday season I should say:

1. Jesus Christ, the son of God was not born nor did he die on December 25th. There are plenty of scriptures to support this fact. Christmas is a Pagan holiday just like Easter, Valentines Day etc…There is no such thing as Santa Claus.


When was Jesus Christ born? Was Jesus born on December 25 – Christmas Day?
History shows that December 25 was popularized as the date for Christmas, not because Christ was born on that day, but because it was already popular in pagan religious celebrations as the birthday of the sun. But could December 25 be the date of Christ’s birth?

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When was Jesus Christ born? Was Jesus born on December 25 – Christmas Day?
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“Lacking any scriptural pointers to Jesus’s birthday, early Christian teachers suggested dates all over the calendar. Clement…picked November 18. Hippolytus…figured Christ must have been born on a Wednesday…An anonymous document[,] believed to have been written in North Africa around A.D. 243, placed Jesus’s birth on March 28” (Joseph L. Sheler, U.S. News & World Report, “In Search of Christmas,” Dec. 23, 1996, p. 58).

A careful analysis of Scripture, however, clearly indicates that December 25 couldn’t be the date for Christ’s birth. Here are two primary reasons:

First, we know that shepherds were in the fields watching their flocks at the time of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:7-8). Shepherds were not in the fields during December. According to Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays, Luke’s account “suggests that Jesus may have been born in summer or early fall. Since December is cold and rainy in Judea, it is likely the shepherds would have sought shelter for their flocks at night” (p. 309).

Similarly, The Interpreter’s One-Volume Commentary says this passage argues “against the birth [of Christ] occurring on Dec. 25 since the weather would not have permitted” shepherds watching over their flocks in the fields at night.

Second, Jesus’ parents came to Bethlehem to register in a Roman census (Luke 2:1-4). Such censuses were not taken in winter, when temperatures often dropped below freezing and roads were in poor condition. Taking a census under such conditions would have been self-defeating.

Given the difficulties and the desire to bring pagans into Christianity, “the important fact then which I have asked you to get clearly into your head is that the fixing of the date as December 25th was a compromise with paganism” (William Walsh, The Story of Santa Klaus, 1970, p. 62). SOURCE:”http://www.ucg.org/bible-faq/when-was-jesus-christ-born-was-jesus-born-december-25-christmas-day

2. Christmas and Santa is nothing but a Pagan Commercialized Holiday. I have never cared for it really. Actually, Christmas music drives me crazy and sometimes the movies. I have no Christmas spirit because I know the real deal. We still dont even have our tree up and my 9 year daughter knows that Santa does not exist. But she still wants to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas and what child does not like getting presents?

3. The Bible also states do NOT Celebrate ANY holidays nor use Jesus or God in any form of statue, art, etc…I learned this when I was a Jehovah Witness but I am still guilty of participating in some holidays. I know what you are thinking, hypocrite and I couldnt agree more. But, we were all raised and society shoves it down our throats. My parents have a picture of Jesus hanging up in their house, now even though its a sweet gesture, again I still remember the scriptures from the Bible so my mind is warped because of what I know and what happens and its easy to live in ignorant bliss. God also states in the Bible (now I have only used the Kings James version) that he is not part of this world and we should not be neither and we should fear God more than anything else.

Anyway to each his own and now my nap time 😉

P.S. I also sell holiday gifts during the Christmas because, I am a business woman, that is what I do.