These are the scriptures used in the video about Christmas History.  If you have not watched the video to understand the History of Christmas and why it should not be celebrated, please click this link to view the video and please remember to share —>  Christmas History – Bible & Pagans – The Truth 

“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!  Matthew 7: 22 & 23

making the word of Elohim of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do Mark 7:13


Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ Colossians 2: 8

Thus says YHWH: “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, For the Gentiles are dismayed at them. For the customs of the peoples are futile; For one cuts a tree from the forest, The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. They decorate it with silver and gold; They fasten it with nails and hammers So that it will not topple. Jeremiah 10:2-4


When the YHWH your Elohim cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ “You shall not worship YHWH your Elohim in that way; for every abomination to YHWH which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.  Deuteronomy 12: 29-31


Israel & the Golden Calf

Exodus 32


“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. Elohim is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.  John 4:23 & 24

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  • De Rhandell Joyce

    Thank you for the enlightenment for I did not know were Christmas tradition came from even though i did know it was not real because the birth of Christ no one knows or could tell me. From watching your series have greater understanding of religions and the one God.


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  • Steve Taylor

    I’ve been teaching this stuff for years. No one listens. Christians and just about everyone has attacked me and defended Christmas and Christmas trees. I wrote an article on Facebook about it. I was heavily criticized. Every time I see a Santa Claus, I see Satan and it stirs me up. But no one sees. No one understands. No one cares. It is all mindless tradition incited by demons.

    No one wants the truth. No one cares about what God wants or says. Only 17% of Christians read the Word daily. These are hard times. I feel very lonely at times and like no one else sees what I see.

    I’ve written two books recently that the LORD stirred me to write: “Witchcraft Invasion” and “Demon Invasion.” I’m finishing a third called “Wicca Invasion.” All are short reads and available on Amazon.

    I so much appreciate your boldness and dedication to God’s truth. Than you for writing. – Steve W. Taylor (


      Mat 11:25. At that time Jesus answered and said, “I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and have revealed them to babes.

      26. Yes, Father, for it was well pleasing in Your sight to do this.

      27. All things were delivered to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; neither does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son personally chooses to reveal Him. (A Faithful Version)

    • Jullie

      I’m also feeling very isolated and your right no one wants the truth. They are willing to be ignorant because the truth is scary. Reading your comment about feeling alone gave me comfort that we are not alone. I have also experienced the attacks and criticism. Being accused of being simple minded, having a false hope. Even as far as saying they feel sorry for me because instead of taking control and doing things myself, I look to Jesus for guidance in everything I do. So I’m weak and can’t cope with things on my own. The last couple of days have been really hard for me. Your not alone and Jesus will never forsake us or let us down. He who suffers for His sake is blessed. You’ll be in my prayers 💗

  • Pieter Lemmer

    Hi i am Pieter Lemmer of South Africa thanks for all the good work you do. Me my self whent to open peopls minds of the things of the world and i got swears hitting me all over . And i stopped because of that and my family that ask me to stop . But i see now i must start agen to do the work God eentende me to do is to open peopls minds so that thay can see the things of the wold that is not right. My email is I am going to need support and prayers for my work here .

  • Kerry Sword

    I can appreciate many of your comments and your historical explanation of the pagan origin of Christmas. However, it seems highly inconsistent to use the pornographic imagery (also of pagan origin) to illustrate and make your points. Does God reject pagan Christmas worship but accept pagan erotic art? You’d have a hard time preaching against child pornography while showing your so-called “art” images. What does the standard (the Bible) teach you (us) about “modest apparel?

    • Ron Charles

      I don’t know what pornographic material you are speaking of. If the many thousands of views of my videos this is the first comment that has accused me of pornographic material. If you are so bold to criticize like this perhaps you should provide more exacts so I can review your claim

      • Meyefaith

        Like her pic don’t say enough tho…u had no pornographic nothing in the video or any of your videos about knowledge. Tysm for your gr8 work.

    • Ramom

      I think what he means is like the picture like in the video showing womens naked and stuff, like in 11.08 during the video and many others. I mean usually most medieval arts are really vulgar andusually show men and women naked, so its probably hard to find medeival art to prove tour pint

  • Rick

    “Do not learn the ways of the gentiles”. James can you explain what a gentile is here? Sounds confusing as I am a gentile(not an isrealite?). Why doesn’t it just say “ dont learn the ways of the pagans or of non believers? Sounds like its bad to be a gentile…

    • Michael Wells

      I think he does a great job in his YouTube video “History of religion and if you check out videos 12 and 13 I think they do a great job explaining and showing scriptural proof backing what’s being said.

  • Kris Kesterson

    Tyvm for compiling these biblical verses on why true worship of YHWH is so important. It saddens my spirit how the church my wife and I attend are partakers of this worldly tradition. I’ve brought this up with a few members of our congregation, but it seems to have fallen on deaf ears. I am praying on bringing this very important topic up with the pastors. I know the Holy Spirit will be there as I do. Please pray the Ruach Ha Kodesh will help them to understand.
    I pray that you are truly blessed for your efforts. Yahweh has clearly giving you an anointing my brother in Christ. My family and I have benefited immensely from your videos. To me being awake to the evils of the New world order and biblical, sound doctrine go hand-in-hand. You do an amazing job bringing it all together. Glory Be unto Him. Love you and God Bless.

    • Elder Cameron Mitchell

      Praise the Lord many churches are blinded of this and it will only take the Holy Spirit to help you encourage your leaders at your church I’m praying for you I’m so glad you brought up the Holy Spirit.John.16:13 Hear by the spirit of truth shall lead you and guide you and he will not come in his own understanding but says what he hear and he will show you things to come.

  • Cyprian C Petrrs

    Your history is well researched .It’s 55yrs now I don’t celebrates Christmas but I want you to know we worship and praise God everyday so the term ‘He will not have you to worshipping the same day they worship Tammuz / Satan is not correct’.I hope others will have listen and observed the truth.

  • David

    I hope others watch this education on pagan holiday and stay clear from it. Jesus is not the season ! Stop worship Satan holidays. Please etch other you tube video on the subject. Do not celebrate Christmas if your a Christian . The world can and will celebrate that holiday.
    Thank you

  • David

    Hoses 4:6. My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. I wish the church would wake up. Quit celebrating Christmas as birth of JESUS. Pastors are keep the lie alive.

    God bless this person who made this video.

    God bless u all

  • Mrs. Dale Palmer

    This delusion of Christmas is a heavy one … One I have come to learn about and I hate the pagan origins of this “celebration of demons.” When explaining the origins of this day, I’m received with ridicule and conspiracy nut.

    My own family is so blinded and lost on this issue to the point of my children letting Santa hold my grandchildren on the lap of someone they think is real. So the lie goes on for generations.

    We live in an area where there is actually a guy who plays Santa all year long — even drives a car advertising the season. Delusional.

    God help us deliver the Truth as it is in Yeshua, our only Hope, and open the ears of those who listen that they might actually HEAR the Truth and turn from the evil that is overtaking our land.

  • Emmanuel Wynfred

    Christmas is not a pagan holiday. It was made by Early Christians on the same day as other pagan traditions in order to COMBAT those pagan traditions.

    In other words, the pagans worshiped the sun on these days. So Christians decided to one-up the pagans and celebrate the birth and death of their Lord and Savior on the SAME DAY in order to show silent retaliation against the pagan forces ruining Rome.

  • Emmanuel Wynfred

    I have left a series of links proving that Christmas is not a Satanic holiday.

    Now, please listen to my argument: you say that Christmas is wrong because we are celebrating a day for our Lord when he didn’t tell us to, right? So then, according to your argument, we should not celebrate the 4th of July, birthdays or any forms of Independence days because God never told us to do so. Just because God never said to not worship him on a day doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. Who doesn’t want to praise God?

    Secondly, you say it is “evil” because it is “pagan”. Now, I will agree with you; Christmas has pagan roots. However, that does not make it pagan. English evolved from Germanic, but that does not make it German. A lot of our items were adopted from paganism; the consumption of red-wine and bread (the pagan concept of “God-eating”, which we use to symbolize Jesus’ blood and body), the altar and pulpits we pray at (adopted from the pagan Altars of Ra), the white and black robes of clergy (adopted from the pagan High-Priests and Acolytes of Rome and Early Europe). We also took The Cross and the Fish: The cross, other than a symbol of torture, is a symbol of the “lingam”, or phallus. The Christian cross differs significantly from the Egyptian cross of life which also includes the yoni, the feminine principle. The fish (used as symbol in Christianity), also a yoni symbol, was originally a symbol of the goddess as well. Early Christians also scorned the Jewish tradition of marriage which they inherited for being too “Pagan” and based on sexual union, which they saw as the most heinous of acts. Paul even suggests that he may have suffered self-inflicted castration; when someone asked if he was circumcised, he commented that the question did not apply to him. Marriage was added later on to help convert Pagans. So, we took marriage from paganism as well.

    It is not wrong to borrow a few things from paganism. If a pagan worships a tree, should Christians avoid all trees? If a pagan worships a river, should Christians avoid all rivers? If a pagan worships the sun, should Christians lock themselves in their houses to avoid sunlight?

    We can’t slice off our pagan roots. Christianity, no matter its roots, is Christianity. Christmas may have pagan origins, but that does not make it pagan.

    Does God hate you for decorating a pine-tree? Does God curse you for giving gifts to your loved ones? Does God hate you for singing “Silent Night” and “Merry Christmas To You”? Does God hate you for celebrating a day all about his birth and life?

    Before we be ignorant, we should do our research about this. I suggest you see my previous links to understand my argument. Have a good day, and God bless you all.

    • Emmanuel Wynfred

      I would also like to take the time to point out some things about the Western Christian figure of Santa: now, the anti-Christmas folks will tell you that SANTA is simply SATAN when you switch the letters. Now, this is true. However, “GOD” is “DOG” when you switch the letters. So, what are you trying to prove? Is God a canine deity? No! In the same way, Santa Claus [which is the American way of saying “Sinterklaas”, a Norwegian name for St.Nicholas (Sint-Nicolaas)] is not Satan. Other names for Santa include Father Christmas, “De Sint” (“The Saint”), “De Goede Sint” (“The Good Saint”), and “De Goedheiligman” (“The Good Holy Man”) in Dutch; “Saint Nicolas” in French; “Sinteklaas” in West Frisian; “Sinterklaos” in Limburgs; “Saint-Nikloi” in West-Flemish; and “Kleeschen” and “Zinniklos” in Luxembourgish.

      I should also like to point out that “Santa” is a Spanish title for a Saint [Santa= Saint, roughly from the word “Sanctos” (Sanctified)]. Santa Claus is Spanish for Saint Klaus (Klaus= Nicholas). So, I would first suggest you do some research, learn some Spanish and Norwegian and not waste your time ruining the lives of other people just because you are ignorant of the true facts. I say none of this with spite, and will wish all of you a festive season; and may your upcoming Christmas be a blessed one. God bless us everyone!

      • Emmanuel Wynfred

        Good morning, everyone. In light of my previous messages, I may have come off as a know-it-all and a general rude person. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to be rude. I provided my information in a disrespectful manner, and for that I apologize. I hope all of you can forgive me and we can have a discussion about Christmas. God bless all of you. May your upcoming Christmas be a blessed one, filled with love and joy. Have a good day.

        • Ron Charles

          I don’t mind discussing this with you. You made so many points it’s not easy to respond to them all. What I will tell you is that your first comment about Christians making Christmas to combat the pagans is not true, it was made to blend the 2 beliefs together. You are leaving satan and his agenda out of your understanding which may cloud your judgement. And even if Christians did this, it still would not be right because YHWH doesn’t accept our worship in any way we choose.

          • Emmanuel Wynfred

            Good morning, brother. I agree that Satan has agendas. I also believe that his agendas tend to kill themselves. Nothing the Devil ever tries to do will give fruit because it is the Devil’s nature to destroy, corrupt and deceive. His plans either destroy or contradict themselves. And, for this reason, I believe he will be defeated on the Last Day.

            Regarding Christmas, I agree that it was made to fuse two beliefs together. But I also believe it failed miserably in that agenda. The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) is a Luciferian church that combines the old teachings of Greco-Roman paganism and olden-day Christianity. It is a perversion of sound doctrine, and most of its historical actions would prove this. However, the RCC had little to do with Christmas.

            Consider this: pagans practice X. Christian practice Y, which is similar to X. Therefore people assume Y is evil. But that is not a fair argument. Harmless practices are, in the end, not what’s important: it is the motive behind the said practice that is the main focus. The REASON for doing the said practice.

            Let me provide another example: suppose you are building a bonfire in a camp, surrounded by your loved ones. Maybe you want to toast marshmallows or sing songs. Innocent fun. A person approaches you and tells you to quickly extinguish your bonfire, because pagans use bonfires in their ceremonies. The person accuses you of paganism and you feel guilty for a crime you never actually committed. In the end, it is all about the motive.

  • Emmanuel Wynfred

    See, just because something is similar to a pagan practice, it doesn’t mean the practice is pagan. Hebrew is similar to Arabic, that doesn’t make it Arabic.

    Another example I’ll provide: if you hung a picture of your recently deceased relative and a person approaches you and accuses you of paganism because pagans worship their ancestors, you would feel guilty for a crime you never committed. See, we normally hang pictures of our lost relatives so we can remember their lives. We love them, so we may hang their pictures up in remembrance of them when they pass away. That doesn’t make us horrible pagans, we are simply remembering those who are no longer with us.

    Another example: Jesus Christ (Yahshuah HaMaschiach) is referred to as the King of kings and Lord of lords, the same title given to the pagan kings of the Babylonian and later Persian Empires. Does that make the Messiah a pagan redeemer? Just because a pagan uses a symbol, gesture or ritual in a certain manner doesn’t make that symbol, gesture or ritual tainted forever. It is all about motive.

    God looks at the heart. He knows your feeling, secrets, desires etc. And he always looks for the motive behind your actions. When people look at you, they only see the outside. They base their judgement on your outside appearance and actions instead of looking within to see your motives. We can’t truly be like God, but we can try and learn from his example. No one is perfect. I myself have done horrible things previously, but have since changed. I am a work in progress, as some would say. God is slowly sculpting me into a better person. But I digress.

    Every symbol that God made was for good, because his nature is Good. Luciferians, Satanists, pagans and all followers of the Kingdom of Darkness eventually took certain symbols and twisted them for their sick purposes. Pentagrams and five-pointed stars are used in Wicca and witchcraft. Certain animals, like goats and serpents, hold significance in Satanism. That is because these groups took symbols and twisted them into what they are today. Which is what we did to the pagans wit Christmas.

    We took their pagan traditions and flipped them over for the glory of our Lord. And that, I believe, is a victory for Christ.

    • Emmanuel Wynfred

      God cares about your motive and your heart more than what you hold in your hand. As Christians, we believe God can cleanse us of horrible sins and make us new. So, why can’t God cleanse pagan traditions and use them for his glory? Is our God a strong God who looks for motive, or a weak god who gets offended when families decorate pine-trees? That is for people to decide among themselves. I, for one, am rooting for a God who is beyond all pagan gods and practices. I’m rooting for a God that can take the worst of us and change us into the best we can be. I also believe in a God that does not care on what day we worship Him as long as we are true and genuine in our worship and adoration of Him. God bless you, friend, and have a blessed day.

      • Jailon Stewart

        Your trying to make something seem right when scripture clearly says not to worship him in man made ways. Doesn’t matter how much it may seem good if his word says not to do it don’t do it.

      • Ryan Williamson

        Hypothetically speaking.
        If celebrating Christmas was ok with God, would it be acceptable to refrain from it if it was a personal conviction to refrain?

  • Sarah

    I have been glued to your site for days and am enjoying the teachings of your many videos.
    May I ask a question regarding “Traditions”?
    I see that Easter and Christmas are catholic traditions that are not Christianity based and respect that, however the tradition of marriage, the wedding ceremony, I cannot find reference to in the Holy Bible.
    I read much about “take a wife” and the sin of fornication (sexual relationships outside of marriage)
    Could the wedding ceremony be another “man made” tradition using slight references in the Holy Bible.
    If “take a wife” is read literally, could that not mean a commited relationship?

    During Bible times I understand that daughters were property of their fathers and were usually sold or traded by hand of marriage, in our modern times where we generally marry for love through choice rather than arrangement.
    Plus I am baptised Roman Catholic (as an infant) and have only recently “found God” through a more Christian understanding, how or where would I get married? I don’t wish to associate with my Roman Catholic Church and do not know of any Christian church, plus my fiancée has not “found God” as I have.
    I have 2 children born out of wedlock and fear for the repercussions of my sins.
    Can you shed any light of my spiritual quest?
    Thanks for Reading.
    Stay blessed ?


    Thanks for this article. Thanks to logical response of Emmanuel Wynfred.
    However let me tell you all guys,our opinion and argument are valueless when Lord Yashua Himself speaks on this matter. Through Renown pmighty prophet of God Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj, Lord Jesus has ordained us to come out Babylonian practice and precisely Christmas and Easter. After this prophesy only I researched in detail about Christmas. Brothers, let’s end our arguments and points, forget it and let’s harken our ears to our Master voice.
    Everything has time. Time has come to come out. Mathew 13:29-30.

  • Mulciber C. Cagliari

    The true Christians have many fronts to defend from the demented anti-Christmas Yeshua/Yahshuah-Cults, one of them being the so-called “pagan roots” of Christmas. This accusation is made on many facades of the faith. For example, an objector might tell you that Christians adopted the Holy Day of Easter from the pagan celebration of the fertility goddess, Ishtar (sounds a little like Easter, right?). This time of year though, you are likely to hear the objection that Christmas is a christo-pagan holiday, a mash-up of pagan belief and Christian celebration. Here are some of the objections or accusations you might meet, and a helpful way to respond.

    1. “Christians invented Christmas from the winter solstice celebration of Sol Invictus.”

    Yes, there were mid-winter celebrations in religions outside Christianity during the time of the Early Church. In fact, like Easter, the East and the West were observing Christmas differently, while until recently, the Armenians didn’t celebrate it at all. The West led the way with a distinctive nativity-based celebration, concluding with Holy Mass. That’s the same as how you see it today. The development of Christmas was not an assimilated celebration until the 4th century. Does that mean that the Apostle John, and Sts. Polycarp and Irenaeus, three men who were apostolically connected, did not celebrate Christmas? Probably so at least in the traditional sense. But there is nothing wrong with this. Merely because a Christian celebration is similar to that of a pagan one proves nothing. There is either coincidence of the celebrations in the same time period or there is influence on one another.

    The objector has to ask himself the following: 1) after centuries of persecution for not observing pagan holidays, where is the proof of influence? and/or, 2) who influenced whom: Did Christianity have the influence on pagans to begin adopting a more public and concrete celebration or did we “Christianize” a pagan event? We can observe that the two were present at the time but neither scenario is a problem with the Christian because the Church has the ability to Christianize people and celebrations alike. Light was overcoming darkness at the celebration of Sol Invictus and in Christ, darkness was defeated by the real luminousness of Christ. Paganism had a hint, but Christianity had the answer.

    2. The Christmas tree comes from pagan origins.”

    The objector can have a field day with this one. Evergreens are a near-universal symbol of hope in the winter season. They represent resurrection (triumph of live over death) for the Egyptians, everlasting life for the Scandinavians and Druids, and still, agricultural anticipation (to the god Saturnalia) for the Greeks/Romans. More closely connected to the ancient church is the use of evergreen wreaths. Your objector might say that it came around the same time as the popularity of the pagan celebration Saturnalia. Let them know that Tertullian wrote as early as A.D. 190-220, that Christians hang more “wreaths and laurels” than the pagans (who hang it for the “gate gods”) at their doors. He was condemning the wreath as something worth putting hope in like the pagans did with their temples, over that of Jesus who is the true Light in which we are the actual temples of the Spirit. He wasn’t condemning the décor! He ends with, “You are a light of the world, and a tree ever green.”

    3. “But the Christmas tree is condemned in the Bible!”

    The passage in the Bible your objector is referring to comes from Jeremiah 10:3-4.

    Let’s get one thing straight up front: Jeremiah was not talking about Christmas trees because he was writing hundreds of years before Christmas became a celebration. He was pointing out the idolatry of the people of that day, and much like Tertullian above, was warning against the idolatry of those who put there hope in earthly gods and things.

    Near to this, the objector must understand that Christians are not intent on worshiping their trees and are certainly not putting them in their living rooms and entryways to deter spirits. Perhaps for some carolers and eggnog, but not for protection.


    There is nothing wrong with the Church “baptizing” certain practices of other religions. The objector is confusing the Church of deriving its beliefs from these celebrations, with the assimilation of seasonal celebrations and symbols. Like St. Patrick did with the clover to illuminate and demonstrate the reality of the Trinity. Akin to St. Paul explaining the “unknown god” at the Areopagus. Paul did not derive the idea from the Greeks that day, and Patrick did not derive the Trinity from a leaf.

  • Nicholaus L'Croix

    The war on Christmas is over. Christmas won. Hands down.

    Some will lead you to believe that it still rages. Some will tell you it has always been a fact of life.

    But don’t buy into the hype. It’s not your Christmas they are after — it’s your religion.

    Have you ever noticed that Christmas in July is heralded but if a Christmas tree is sold in a store in August the media just flips out?

    Are you growing weary of lawsuits against schools and churches for celebrating or mentioning any of the sacred elements of Christmas?

    You know, singing Jingle Bells is okay, but Silent Night is not?

    Have you seen the fit people pitch over Nativity scenes in public places yet there is nothing wrong with naked people on magazine racks in full public view?

    Have you noticed that you can’t see the word “Christmas” in airports or other public buildings — or even sing Christmas songs in VA hospitals?

    Don’t you just love the annual Christmas campaigns in Times Square by atheist “organizations” claiming that God is a myth and that Christmas is stolen from pagans?

    Aren’t you sick and tired of the war on Christmas? Yes, we are too.

    All of that stuff doesn’t constitute a war on Christmas, however.

    Billions still celebrate Christmas. There are still lights everywhere and trees and Nativities. People still give each other gifts. There is still goodwill among men.

    Christmas has prevailed.

    But fighting Christmas is a tool. Mocking Christmas is a marketing ploy. Dissing it and telling you how to even talk about it are all part of a plan. This is why it never stops.

    All the things you claim to be weary of in the so-called War on Christmas isn’t really about Christmas at all.

    It is about your religion.

    They don’t want to hear about it. They don’t want to see it. They don’t want you believing it.

    They want to take it away — turn you into a freak and demonize YOU for your faith.

    Christmas is just their stage, their grand opportunity to mock you and to wear you down.

    Don’t let them do it.

    If you want to defend Christmas — and your religion — it is very simple:

    Put up your tree, hang your stocking, say Merry Christmas.

    Hang your lights, drink your eggnog, write letters to Santa, sing Christmas carols, and eat gingerbread.

    Send your Christmas cards, give anonymously, pray for peace on earth, and search the skies on Christmas Eve.

    Go to church. Ring those bells. Declare loudly — “Peace on Earth, goodwill to all men”.

    Defending Christmas is easy. Just celebrate it.

  • Malcolm Tenebras

    The Church, from at least the second century, has claimed that Christ was born on December 25. However, it is commonly alleged that our Lord Jesus Christ was not born on December 25. For the sake of simplicity, let us set out the usual objections to the date of December 25 and counter each of them.

    Objection 1: December 25 was chosen in order to replace the pagan Roman festival of Saturnalia. Saturnalia was a popular winter festival and so the Catholic Church prudently substituted Christmas in its place.
    Reply to Objection 1: Saturnalia commemorated the winter solstice. Yet the winter solstice falls on December 22. It is true that Saturnalia celebrations began as early as December 17 and extended till December 23. Still, the dates don’t match up.

    Objection 2: December 25 was chosen to replace the pagan Roman holiday Natalis Solis Invicti which means “Birthday of the Unconquered Sun.”
    Reply to Objection 2: Let us examine first the cult of the Unconquered Sun. The Emperor Aurelian introduced the cult of the Sol Invictus or Unconquered Sunto Rome in A.D. 274. Aurelian found political traction with this cult, because his own name Aurelianderives from the Latin word aurora denoting “sunrise.” Coins reveal that Emperor Aurelian called himself the Pontifex Solis or Pontiff of the Sun. Thus, Aurelian simply accommodated a generic solar cult and identified his name with it at the end of the third century.
    Most importantly, there is no historical record for a celebration Natalis Sol Invictus on December 25 prior to A.D. 354. Within an illuminated manuscript for the year A.D. 354, there is an entry for December 25 reading “N INVICTI CM XXX.” Here N means “nativity.” INVICTI means “of the Unconquered.” CM signifies “circenses missus” or “games ordered.” The Roman numeral XXX equals thirty. Thus, the inscription means that thirty games were order for the nativity of the Unconquered for December 25th. Note that the word “sun” is not present. Moreover, the very same codex also lists “natus Christus in Betleem Iudeae” for the day of December 25. The phrase is translated as “birth of Christ in Bethlehem of Judea.”[i]
    The date of December 25th only became the “Birthday of the Unconquered Sun” under the Emperor Julian the Apostate. Julian the Apostate had been a Christian but who had apostatized and returned to Roman paganism. History reveals that it was the hateful former Christian Emperor that erected a pagan holiday on December 25. Think about that for a moment. What was he trying to replace?
    These historical facts reveal that the Unconquered Sun was not likely a popular deity in the Roman Empire. The Roman people did not need to be weaned off of a so-called ancient holiday. Moreover, the tradition of a December 25th celebration does not find a place on the Roman calendar until after the Christianization of Rome. The “Birthday of the Unconquered Sun” holiday was scarcely traditional and hardly popular. Saturnalia (mentioned above) was much more popular, traditional, and fun. It seems, rather, that Julian the Apostate had attempted to introduce a pagan holiday in order to replace the Christian one!

    Objection 3: Christ could not have been born in December since Saint Luke describes shepherds herding in the neighboring fields of Bethlehem. Shepherds do not herd during the winter. Thus, Christ was not born in winter.
    Reply to Objection 3: Recall that Palestine is not England, Russia, or Alaska. Bethlehem is situated at the latitude of 31.7. My city of Dallas, Texas has the latitude of 32.8, and it’s still rather comfortable outside in December. As the great Cornelius a Lapide remarks during his lifetime, one could still see shepherds and sheep in the fields of Italy during late December, and Italy is at higher latitude than Bethlehem.
    Now we move on to establishing the birthday of Christ from Sacred Scripture in two steps. The first step is to use Scripture to determine the birthday of Saint John the Baptist. The next step is using Saint John the Baptist’s birthday as the key for finding Christ’s birthday. We can discover that Christ was born in late December by observing first the time of year in which Saint Luke describes Saint Zacharias in the temple. This provides us with the approximate conception date of Saint John the Baptist. From there we can follow the chronology that Saint Luke gives, and that lands us at the end of December.
    Saint Luke reports that Zacharias served in the “course of Abias” (Lk 1:5) which Scripture records as the eighth course among the twenty-four priestly courses (Neh 12:17). Each shift of priests served one week in the temple for two times each year. The course of Abias served during the eighth week and the thirty-second week in the annual cycle.[ii]However, when did the cycle of courses begin?
    Josef Heinrich Friedlieb has convincingly established that the first priestly course of Jojarib was on duty during the destruction of Jerusalem on the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av.[iii]Thus the priestly course of Jojarib was on duty during the second week of Av. Consequently, the priestly course of Abias (the course of Saint Zacharias) was undoubtedly serving during the second week of the Jewish month of Tishri—the very week of the Day of Atonement on the tenth day of Tishri. In our calendar, the Day of Atonement would land anywhere from September 22 to October 8.
    Zacharias and Elizabeth conceived John the Baptist immediately after Zacharias served his course. This entails that Saint John the Baptist would have been conceived somewhere around the end of September, placing John’s birth at the end of June, confirming the Catholic Church’s celebration of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist on June 24.
    The second-century Protoevangelium of Saint James also confirms a late September conception of the Baptist since the work depicts Saint Zacharias as High Priest and as entering the Holy of Holies—not merely the holy place with the altar of incense. This is a factual mistake because Zacharias was not the high priest, but one of the chief priests.[iv]Still, the Protoevangelium regards Zacharias as a high priest and this associates him with the Day of Atonement, which lands on the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tishri (roughly the end of our September). Immediately after this entry into the temple and message of the Archangel Gabriel, Zacharias and Elizabeth conceive John the Baptist. Allowing for forty weeks of gestation, this places the birth of John the Baptist at the end of June—once again confirming the Catholic date for the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist on June 24.
    The rest of the dating is rather simple. We read that just after the Immaculate Virgin Mary conceived Christ, she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth who was six months pregnant with John the Baptist. This means that John the Baptist was six months older that our Lord Jesus Christ (Lk 1:24-27, 36). If you add six months to June 24 you get December 24-25 as the birthday of Christ. Then, if you subtract nine months from December 25 you get that the Annunciation was March 25. All the dates match up perfectly. So then, if John the Baptist was conceived shortly after the Jewish Day of the Atonement, then the traditional Catholic dates are essentially correct. The birth of Christ would be about or on December 25.
    Sacred Tradition also confirms December 25 as the birthday of the Son of God. The source of this ancient tradition is the Blessed Virgin Mary herself. Ask any mother about the birth of her children. She will not only give you the date of the birth, but she will be able to rattle off the time, the location, the weather, the weight of the baby, the length of the baby, and a number of other details. I’m the father of six blessed children, and while I sometimes forget these details—mea maxima culpa—my wife never does. You see, mothers never forget the details surrounding the births of their babies.
    Now ask yourself: Would the Blessed Virgin Mary ever forget the birth of her Son Jesus Christ who was conceived without human seed, proclaimed by angels, born in a miraculous way, and visited by Magi? She knew from the moment of His incarnation in her stainless womb that He was the Son of God and Messiah. Would she ever forget that day?[v]
    Next, ask yourself: Would the Apostles be interested in hearing Mary tell the story? Of course they would. Do you think the holy Apostle who wrote, “And the Word was made flesh,” was not interested in the minute details of His birth? Even when I walk around with our seven-month-old son, people always ask “How old is he?” or “When was he born?” Don’t you think people asked this question of Mary?
    So the exact birth date (December 25) and the time (midnight) would have been known in the first century. Moreover, the Apostles would have asked about it and would have, no doubt, commemorated the blessed event that both Saint Matthew and Saint Luke chronicle for us. In summary, it is completely reasonable to state that the early Christians both knew and commemorated the birth of Christ. Their source would have been His Immaculate Mother.
    Further testimony reveals that the Church Fathers claimed December 25 as the Birthday of Christ prior to the conversion of Constantine and the Roman Empire. The earliest record of this is that Pope Saint Telesphorus (reigned A.D. 126-137) instituted the tradition of Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Although the Liber Pontificalis does not give us the date of Christmas, it assumes that the Pope was already celebrating Christmas and that a Mass at midnight was added. During this time, we also read the following words of Theophilus (A.D. 115-181), Catholic bishop of Caesarea in Palestine: “We ought to celebrate the birthday of Our Lord on what day soever the 25th of December shall happen.”[vi]
    Shortly thereafter in the second century, Saint Hippolytus (A.D. 170-240) wrote in passing that the birth of Christ occurred on December 25:
    The First Advent of our Lord in the flesh occurred when He was born in Bethlehem, was December 25th, a Wednesday, while Augustus was in his forty-second year, which is five thousand and five hundred years from Adam. He suffered in the thirty-third year, March 25th, Friday, the eighteenth year of Tiberius Caesar, while Rufus and Roubellion were Consuls.[vii]
    Also note in the quote above the special significance of March 25, which marks the death of Christ (March 25 was assumed to corresponded to the Hebrew month Nisan 14 – the traditional date of crucifixion).[viii] Christ, as the perfect man, was believed to have been conceived and died on the same day—March 25. In his Chronicon, Saint Hippolytus states that the earth was created on March 25, 5500 B.C. Thus, March 25 was identified by the Church Fathers as the Creation date of the universe, as the date of the Annunciation and Incarnation of Christ, and also as the date of the Death of Christ our Savior.
    In the Syrian Church, March 25 or the Feast of the Annunciation was seen as one of the most important feasts of the entire year. It denoted the day that God took up his abode in the womb of the Virgin. In fact, if the Annunciation and Good Friday came into conflict on the calendar, the Annunciation trumped it, so important was the day in Syrian tradition. It goes without saying that the Syrian Church preserved some of the most ancient Christian traditions and had a sweet and profound devotion for Mary and the Incarnation of Christ.
    Now then, March 25 was enshrined in the early Christian tradition, and from this date it is easy to discern the date of Christ’s birth. March 25 (Christ conceived by the Holy Ghost) plus nine months brings us to December 25 (the birth of Christ at Bethlehem).
    Saint Augustine confirms this tradition of March 25 as the Messianic conception and December 25 as His birth:
    For Christ is believed to have been conceived on the 25th of March, upon which day also he suffered; so the womb of the Virgin, in which he was conceived, where no one of mortals was begotten, corresponds to the new grave in which he was buried, wherein was never man laid, neither before him nor since. But he was born, according to tradition, upon December the 25th.[ix]
    In about A.D. 400, Saint Augustine also noted how the schismatic Donatists celebrated December 25 as the birth of Christ, but that the schismatics refused to celebrate Epiphany on January 6, since they regarded Epiphany as a new feast without a basis in Apostolic Tradition. The Donatist schism originated in A.D. 311 which may indicate that the Latin Church was celebrating a December 25 Christmas (but not a January 6 Epiphany) before A.D. 311. Whichever is the case, the liturgical celebration of Christ’s birth was commemorated in Rome on December 25 long before Christianity became legalized and long before our earliest record of a pagan feast for the birthday of the Unconquered Sun. For these reasons, it is reasonable and right to hold that Christ was born on December 25 in 1 B.C. and that he died and rose again in March of A.D. 33.
    Taylor’s new book The Eternal City also makes an argument in defense of the traditional BC/AD dating as being 100% accurate.


    [i] The Chronography of AD 354. Part 12: Commemorations of the Martyrs. MGH Chronica Minora I (1892), pp. 71-2.
    [ii] I realize that there are two courses of Abias. This theory only works if Zacharias and Elizabeth conceived John the Baptist after Zacharias’ second course – the course in September. If Saint Luke refers to the first course, this then would place the birth of John the Baptist in late Fall and the birth of Christ in late Spring. However, I think tradition and the Protoevangelium substantiate that the Baptist was conceived in late September.
    [iii] Josef Heinrich Friedlieb’s Leben J. Christi des Erlösers. Münster, 1887, p. 312.
    [iv] The Greek tradition especially celebrates Saint Zacharias as “high priest.” Nevertheless, Acts 5:24 reveals that there were several “chief priests” (ἀρχιερεῖς), and thus the claim that Zacharias was a “high priest” may not indicate a contradiction. The Greek tradition identifies Zacharias as an archpriest and martyr based on the narrative of the Protoevangelium of James and Matthew 23:35: “That upon you may come all the just blood that hath been shed upon the earth, from the blood of Abel the just, even unto the blood of Zacharias the son of Barachias, whom you killed between the temple and the altar.” (Matthew 23:35)
    [v] A special thanks to the Reverend Father Phil Wolfe, FSSP for bringing the “memory of Mary” argument to my attention.
    [vi] Magdeburgenses, Cent. 2. c. 6. Hospinian, De origine Festorum Chirstianorum.
    [vii] Saint Hippolytus of Rome, Commentary on Daniel.
    [viii] There is some discrepancy in the Fathers as to whether Nisan 14/March 25 marked the death of Christ or his resurrection.
    [ix] Saint Augustine, De trinitate, 4, 5.

  • Jacob Dark

    I have long heard that our modern date for Christmas, Dec. 25, was chosen in an effort to “Christianize” a pagan holiday. Needless to say, I was surprised to learn the true history of how this date was selected. Was Jesus really born on December 25th? Virtually every month on the calendar has been proposed by biblical scholars. So why do we celebrate his birth in December?

    When was Jesus Really Born?
    The tradition for December 25th is actually quite ancient. Hippolytus, in the second century A.D., argued that this was Christ’s birthday. Meanwhile, in the Eastern Church, January 6th was the date followed.

    But in the fourth century, John Chrysostom argued that December 25th was the correct date and from that day till now, the Church in the East, as well as the West, has observed the 25th of December as the official date of Christ’s birth.

    Though the gospels of Matthew and Luke both give an account of Christ’s birth, neither one provides a date for this great event. Though it may sound strange to our modern minds, it is likely that early Christians did not place any particular value on birthdays. This makes it hard to conclude when Jesus was really born.

    It was not until the third century that various pockets of Christians began to show interest in the date of Christ’s birth, and it would take another century for the Church to begin celebrating it with some uniformity.

    In regard to the chronology of Christ’s life, Early Church leaders were primarily concerned with determining the date of his death in order to establish the celebration of his resurrection (Easter). Since the Bible places Christ’s death at the time of the Jewish Passover, the dating should have been easy. However, reconciling the Jewish lunar calendar (which has 12 months of 30 days each and adds an extra “month” every third year) with Greek and Roman calendars proved to be difficult.

    After much debate, the Eastern Church (which was using a Greek calendar) settled on April 6th, and the Western Church (which was using a Roman calendar) settled on March 25th as the date of Christ’s death. As we know, with time, the Western date prevailed and helped to determine the Sunday on which to celebrate Easter.

    Interestingly, according to the Roman calendar, March 25th was also the spring Equinox, a day that symbolized the “rebirth of the earth” and that some Christians believed marked the first day of creation. Believers saw significance in the symbolism of Christ’s death on the anniversary of creation, since it was Christ’s redemptive death that allowed creation to be made new.

    By the third century, it appears that some Christians had started celebrating Christ’s birth, as well as his death, on March 25th, because in a book called On Computing the Date of Easter, the author makes a case against this day as Christ’s birthday.

    So why were Christians celebrating Christ’s birth and death on the same day? Likely, an ancient Jewish tradition of “integral age” or “whole year theory” influenced this practice. It is a belief that the life of a Jewish prophet began and ended on the same day. A third century Christian, Sextus Julius Africanus, added an interesting component to this theory. He argued that Christ’s life began not at birth but at conception. His case proves to be of particular relevance, because if Christ was conceived on March 25th, he would have been born 9 months later on December 25th, the date on which our discussion is focused.

    Interestingly, the Church later recognized March 25th as the Annunciation (the date that Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce the birth of Christ and also believed to be the moment of conception (notice the pro-life implications) and December 25th as the birthday of Christ. Most Christians assume that the Annunciation was determined by taking the date of Christmas and counting back nine months. On the contrary, it was probably the reverse.

    Birth of Jesus in manger

    Symbolism in Dating the Birth of Jesus
    Though early Christian leaders made an effort to date Christ’s birth with thoughtful consideration, bear in mind that Jesus was born in a period when time was referred to in terms of the “reign of so-and-so” and when both nature and symbolism played a role in dating significant events. St. Jerome (340-420 AD), an early church scholar, appealed to this symbolism to defend December 25 as the date of the Nativity: “Even nature is in agreement with our claim, for the whole world itself bears witness to our statement. Up to this day, darkness increases; from this day on, it decreases; light increases, darkness decreases.”1

    If the dating of Christmas was influenced at all by pagan celebrations, the most likely candidate was a holiday established in 274 AD by the Roman Emperor Aurelian (around 214-275 AD) called Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, “The Birth of the Unconquered Sun,” on December 25. However, it is equally possible that Aurelian was attempting to co-opt a date that already had significance for believers. According to history professor William Tighe, “The date had no religious significance in the Roman pagan festal calendar before Aurelian’s time, nor did the sun play a prominent role in Rome before him.”2

    By the time of Aurelian’s reign, it appears that the god Mithras (originally a Persian deity who was said to be either the son of the sun or the companion of the sun) was earning popularity among traveling Roman soldiers. Aurelian decided to seize on an opportunity to bring a monotheistic cult to the Roman Empire, and it is likely that his motivation was to compete with Christianity – a growing monotheistic religion that he saw as a threat to the empire.3

    The first clear record of Christ’s birth on December 25 was not until 336 AD, but it is possible that the church had accepted the date long before and that it was already common knowledge. Regardless, even if the dating of Christ’s birth was owed in part to the pagan holiday, “The Birthday of the Unconquered Sun,” the influence was probably only secondary. It appears that the primary goal of the Church was to determine an appropriate date — one that Christians expected to be rich in symbolism. If this date, December 25, also happened to give the Church a sacred feast with which to counter pagan celebrations, then it was arguably the best possible choice for the day on which to honor Christ’s birth.

    Debate over the Date of Birth
    In modern times, the traditional date has been challenged. Modern scholars point out that when Jesus was born, shepherds were watching their sheep in the hills around Bethlehem. Luke tells us that an angel appeared to “some shepherds staying out in the fields [who were] keeping watch over their flock by night” (2:8).

    Some scholars feel that the sheep were usually brought under cover from November to March; as well, they were not normally in the field at night. But there is no hard evidence for this. In fact, early Jewish sources suggest that the sheep around Bethlehem were outside year-round. So you can see, December 25th fits both tradition and the biblical narrative well. There is no sound objection to it.

    Now, of course, we can’t be absolutely certain of the day of Christ’s birth. At least, not this side of heaven. But an early winter date seems as reasonable a guess as any. And December 25th has been the frontrunner for eighteen centuries. Without more evidence, there seems no good reason to change the celebration date now.

    We can blame the ancient church for a large part of our uncertainty. You see, they did not celebrate Christ’s birth at all. To them it was insignificant. They were far more concerned with his death… and resurrection.

    Celebrating the Birthday of Jesus

    This Christmas season, take a close look at a nativity scene once again. Remove your rose-colored glasses–smell the foul air, see the cold, shivering animals. They represent the Old Testament sacrificial system. They are emblems of death. But they are mere shadows of the Babe in their midst. He was born to die . . . that all who believe in him might live.

    In the winter of 5 or 4 B.C., God invaded history by taking on the form of a man. He was born in a small town just south of Jerusalem. Bethlehem, which means ‘the house of bread,’ indeed became worthy of its name one lonely winter night. For there, in that town, was born the Bread of Life . . .

    His mother placed the infant king in a manger–or feeding trough–because the guest room where they were to stay was occupied. The birth of this king was celebrated that night only by his mother, her husband, and a handful of shepherds. The shepherds had been in the fields around Bethlehem, guarding the lambs which would die at the next Passover. An angel appeared to them and gave them the birth announcement: “today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). In their simple faith, they rushed to see their newborn king.

    1 Witvliet, John D. and Vroege, David. Proclaiming the Christmas Gospel, Ancient Sermons and Hymns for Contemporary Christian Inspiration. Sermon by St. Jerome, Baker Books, 2004, p. 26.

    2 Tighe, William. Calculating Christmas. Touchstone Journal, December 2003 issue.

    3 Kelly, Joseph. The Origins of Christmas. Liturgical Press, 2004, p. 63.

  • William

    The connection is found throughout the entire calendar year:

    FATHER-GOD – Celebration of Father’s Day
    MOTHER-GOD – Celebration of Mother’s Day
    SON-GOD – Celebration of Christmas

    All earthly titles man-made traditions.

  • Jessica

    I’m going through this myself. My family, whom I live with, refuses to see the truth. I’ve shared scriptures and historical evidence to the origins of Christmas and Easter. They dispute them with weak arguments and say the condition of the heart is what matters. It has caused huge arguments and tension in the family. They have called me a hypocrite, a lunatic and someone who takes the bible “too literally”. I don’t know what to do. Just going to keep praying. You’re definitely not alone.

  • Sherrell

    Truthunedited thank you for being obeying God in posting the video on youtube and this article. I believe the Lord has beening showing me for years that celebrating christmas is wrong. I have been for years becoming less and less interested in christmas but where I’m having trouble with is the fact of it being my birthday. Should I not celebrate my birthday? Would like a little feedback from someone who believes God’s word.

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