Wishing every one a happy, healthy, joyous holiday season (regardless of one’s religion or non-religious choices). This Thursday 13 I thought it would interesting to explore the origins of the holiday.
Here is a list of some of the of Pagan gods that had “birthdays” or are associated with December 25th:
- Dionysus the son of Zeus
- Nimrod (who eventually came to be worshipped as Baal) – According to ancient Babylonian tradition, Semiramis (later known as the goddess Astarte/Asherah/Ashtoreth/Isis/Ishtar/Easter in other pagan religions) claimed that after the untimely death of her son/husband Nimrod, a full grown evergreen tree sprang up overnight from a dead tree stump. Semiramis claimed that Nimrod would visit that evergreen tree and leave gifts each year on the anniversary of his birth, which just happened to be on December 25th. This is the true origin of the Christmas tree.
- Sol Invictus (The “Unconquered Sun”)
“By the time the Roman Empire legalized Christianity in the 4th century, most of the other religions in the empire were celebrating the birth of their gods on December 25th. Leading up to December 25th in ancient Rome, a festival known as Saturnalia was one of the biggest celebrations of the year. Saturnalia was a festival during which the Romans commemorated the dedication of the temple of their god Saturn. This holiday began on the 17th of December and it would last for an entire week until the 23rd of December. Saturnalia was typically characterized by gift-giving, feasting, singing and lots and lots of debauchery. The priests of Saturn would carry wreaths of evergreen boughs in procession throughout the pagan Roman temples. Later on, the Romans also started holding a festival on December 25th called Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, which means ‘the birthday of the unconquered sun.’ Basically it was a way for the empire to consolidate all of the December 25th ‘sun god’ birthdays throughout the empire into one holiday.”
List is from Mysteries of the World article: The Mystery Of The Pagan Origin Of Christmas: Jesus Was Not Born On December 25th But A Whole Bunch Of Pagan Gods Were.
Wishing everyone blessings and good cheer this holiday season, Lady Rose
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FYI: I respect ALL religions and positive spiritual paths, and I respest all who decide to not follow any religion or spiritual path. That being said I also enjoy learning about history and the origins of religions and traditions. The above list is for information and enjoyment purposes only – it is not an attack on Christmas or any other holiday.