The following are place names usually associated with Jesus — Bethlehem, Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem. Geographically, their location is biblical Judea in the Middle East. The Bible does not say that it snows here.
There are no reindeer either.
Christmas trees are not the natural vegetation in a desert area but a 17th-century German invention.
The custom of giving gifts during Christmas was popularized in the 1800s Victorian era.
Christmas stockings have more to do with Sinterklaas than with Jesus. Hanging mistletoe is something done by the ancient Druids.
Pagan celebration of spring equinox
The umbrella term ‘pagan’ (related to the Latin word meaning ‘field’) was given to rural folks – infidels – by Christian missionaries.
This was because paganism had still persisted among the non-believing farming community whereas “early European Christianity was an urban phenomenon” (see ‘Pagan Roots? 5 Surprising Facts About Christmas’, Live Science).
Christians also took Easter from the pagans
‘Easter’ originated from the name Eostre, the great Mother Goddess of the Saxons, a people of north-west Germany who also invaded Britain.
Eastur was similarly the Spring Goddess of the Teutons (Germanic people).
“Eastre” is the Old English word for spring.
BELOW: Dancing around the maypole to greet the arrival of spring
Marking end of harvest season, beginning of winter
The Christians tried to take over Halloween or All Hallows Eve as well. Halloween is on Oct 31 whereas the Church designated Nov 1 the day of the feast of the saints or all souls day.
Halloween really originated from Samhain, an ancient Celtic/Gaelic celebration. Samhain is a festival of the dead. It’s symbolized by the approaching winter which is the cold, dark time of the year.
Winter solstice celebrated by people of the earth
Winter solstice is the day of the year which has the shortest period of sunlight. Most cultures, including the Chinese, celebrate it.
“In Persia, the solstice marked the birthday of Mithra, the Sun King”, according to the Everett Public Library.
In other words, Dec 22 or thereabouts is the ‘birth’ of the sun. After solstice, the winter daylight hours start getting longer.
“Father Christmas and his other European variations are modern incarnations of old pagan ideas about spirits who traveled the sky in midwinter”, said Bristol University academic Ronald Hutton, according to the Pagan Roots article.
Scholars and experts debunk the Dec 25 birth date
There is no historical record that Jesus was born on Dec 25. And this birth date for Jesus wouldn’t have made sense anyway going by biblical narrative.
The shepherds were in the fields watching their flocks at the time of Jesus’ birth, the Gospel (Luke 2:7-8) tells us.
And the Star of Bethlehem was seen, thus setting the scene at nighttime when sensible shepherds wouldn’t be out shivering in the fields.
“December is cold and rainy in Judea”, according to Celebrations: The Complete Book of American Holidays (via UCG website).
“In ancient times, Dec 25 was the date of the lavish Roman festival of Saturnalia, a sort of bacchanalian thanksgiving,” said Joe Rao, a meteorologist and astronomer.
Christmas came from the Saturnalia tradition
Saturn – who gave his name to Saturnalia – is an ancient Roman god.
His Greek counterpart is Cronus, the son of Uranus and father of Zeus. Cronus’ wife is Gaea (Mother Earth).
Saturnalia was celebrated around the time of the winter solstice, explained Rao in an article for SPACE.com.
“And in 275 AD, the Roman Emperor Aurelian commemorated a feast day coinciding with the winter solstice: Die Natalis Invicti Solis (The birthday of the Unconquered Sun)”, wrote Rao.
Christians take from everybody!
The land where Jesus lived looked something like the photo above where snow is uncommon.
Christian powers also took this land – Palestine – and gave it to the nascent Israel. The day of birth of modern Israel was 14 May 1948, this we know for sure.
Putting recent history aside, Joseph and Mary had journeyed to Bethlehem two thousand years ago to register Jesus’ birth in a Roman census, according to the Bible story in Luke 2:1-4.
The parents of Jesus did not travel by sleigh.
But anyway … doing some detective work from this ‘Roman census’ clue, Jack Kilmon (see his article in History.net) puts Oct 3 in the year 7 BC as the likely day that Jesus was born.
Interestingly, that day was a Yom Kippur, which is the Jewish Day of Atonement. Hahahahaha