the Cross Reference: All I wanted was an old-fashion real Christmas

By Ellis Cross

December 4, 2012

I was planning on having a great Christmas break until I started doing some research. I was trying to insure that I would have an old-fashioned Christian holiday season. It turns out that everything I planned on doing is wrong. I wanted an old-fashioned real Christmas tree until I found out that pagans of Northern Europe started this tradition long before the birth of Christ. They used the cut trees and bring them inside their homes to remind them that their crops would soon be green again. It also was a sign of worship to the gods of fertility and agriculture. The Yule log was my next idea. If I couldn’t have a tree at least I could have a log. I could decorate it with mistletoe and holly. If you read the box, Mistletoe is considered a sacred plant by pagans and was used to represent fertility. Holly berries were considered food of the gods. The very word Yule was the pagan word for wheel and is symbolic of the pagan sun god Mithras. His birthday is on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Yule logs were burned as worship to honor the sun and the god Mithras. Okay, I thought. Forget the log. I’ll just burn a candle. I then found that those same pagans practiced burning a candle to honor Mithras also. I guess if they didn’t have a Yule log prepared, lighting a candle meant the same thing. If you knew me well you would know that I have a decent voice and like to sing. Caroling was the next obvious choice for me. The Romans had the idea first. Turns out, getting all dressed up and singing to entertain your neighbor during the Christmas season (Saturnalia season if your Roman) was practiced by Romans to worship Saturn their god of agriculture. So, I’m left with parties with family and friends. There will be lots of eating drinking and gift giving. No, that won’t work either because Dec. 25 is actually an ancient Babylonian party day that was practiced by gluttonous eating excessive drinking and giving of gifts. It was to celebrate the birth of the son of Isis, goddess of nature. To top it all off, most historians believe that Dec. 25 was not the birthday of Jesus Christ anyway. It is very unlikely that shepherds were in the fields on a cold Judean winter night. Experts place his birth about six months after Passover. That puts his birthday in early September. Holy smoke! Jesus Christ and I are both Virgos. I’m going to have a great break now! Not that I’m into any of that horoscope stuff.