Why do Christians celebrate Christmas using pagan symbols?

Why do Christians celebrate Christmas using pagan symbols?

I have done research on the Origins of Christmas and found that the Catholics adopted the pagan ceremonies of fertility and the coming of winter. The following come from the pagan celebration of “Yule”:

Christmas Tree: pagan worship of the tree by decorating it
Yule log: burns as a good luck charm
Mistletoe: symbol of the male appendage (fertility)
Caroling: pagans used to sing and dance naked in the streets
Candy Cains: used to decorate Yule tree

What does God think about us adopting these traditions to Celebrate the birth of Christ?

  1. Jon M dn ǝpıs sıɥʇApr 23, 2010

    God probably thinks Christmas trees are pretty. I was never taught that Christians “invented” those things.

    So what if they have Pagan origins? God can bless Pagans too. God can bless us as we use Pagan symbology too, if it helps us become better people and draw closer to Him.

  2. caseyApr 23, 2010

    just because they can.

    at least we still have samhain.

  3. gutbucketApr 23, 2010

    Because they’re so ignorant, they think they invented them.

  4. JaredApr 23, 2010

    Few of them realize their religion is purely Pagan in roots.

  5. FaunaApr 23, 2010

    Some history scholars argue that he was born in March, so maybe we are further off the track than we know. Most people aren’t interested in history, they just follow the (family) pack.

  6. Jim MApr 23, 2010

    Like every thing else Christians have and use for their indoctrination, it was taken from other groups and only used to suit their needs to prove they are right.

  7. Have a Blessed Yule!Apr 23, 2010

    Not sure what he has to say about it. Me personally I don’t care who celebrates. As long as they don’t try to force non-beleivers to “put christ back into christmas”.

  8. RaithApr 24, 2010

    “dance naked in the streets”????

    Wtf? It’s freaking COLD outside during Yule! No one in their right mind would be out dancing naked in the streets while caroling!

  9. mac-a-liciousApr 24, 2010

    I think after what, sixteen centuries the Pagan origins of Christian holidays is merely an academic point. More important question: to what extent were the Gospels and early Church teachings falsified to shift the blame for Jesus’ death from the Romans to the Jews and to what extent did this falsification lead to the blood libel and the extreme persecution Jews have suffered at Christian hands?

  10. chalfApr 24, 2010

    God probably doesn’t think much of these symbols as long as christians stick to the true meaning of celebrating christmas. The forms probably are not important, just the intentions being carried by the people.

    Yet, it brings to mind another question. How about yoga? Some christians adamently reject the practice of yoga because they dislike the roots of it, which is meditation by Hindu monks to reach nirvana. Yet they have no qualms with decorating their houses with mistletoes and christmas trees. The line between what is right and wrong, between what is acceptable and non-acceptable seems to be blurred here.

  11. David MApr 24, 2010

    When Christianity was really taking on lots of converts, they were up against some pagan religions that had lots of celebrations. The Christians knew that they would receive fewer converts if they took away the pagan holidays, so they absorbed them into Christian worship.
    Things like a Christmas tree being used as a Christian symbol should not be offensive to us. The Christmas tree can be a symbol of the Trinity – much the same as St. Patrick using the shamrock to explain the concept of the Trinity.
    I certainly am not worthy to state what God “thinks” of this practice. I can readily say that in my opinion, if they are using them to worship Him, I don’t see how He would be offended.
    Also, bear in mind that the Catholic Church represented Christianity. The events you are describing date far before the Reformation. Hence, you see these symbols in most Christian faiths.

  12. Lily PApr 24, 2010

    It was a way to convince Pagans to accept Christianity

    “See, we have your symbols of worship!”

    Jesus was not born in December either.

  13. Rev.KipApr 24, 2010

    Christmas trees are not Pagan!
    The Prophet Jeremiah condemned as Pagan the ancient Middle Eastern practice of cutting down trees, bringing them into the home and decorating them. Of course, these were not really Christmas trees, because Jesus was not born until centuries later, and the use of Christmas trees was not introduced for many centuries after his birth. Apparently, in Jeremiah’s time the “heathen” would cut down trees, carve or decorate them in the form of a god or goddess, and overlay it with precious metals.

    In Europe, Pagans in the past did not cut down evergreen trees, bring them into their homes and decorate them. That would have been far too destructive of nature.

    MistleToe is not a pagan:
    The ancient Druids (culture): whenever enemies met under the mistletoe in the forest, they had to lay down their arms and observe a truce until the next day. From this comes the custom of hanging a ball of mistletoe from the ceiling and exchanging kisses under it as a sign of friendship and goodwill.

    In the 18th Century, the exchanging of kisses between a man and a woman was adopted as a promise to marry. At Christmas a young lady standing under a ball of mistletoe cannot refuse to be kissed. The kiss could mean deep romance, lasting friendship and goodwill. It was believed that if the girl remained unkissed, she cannot expect to marry the following year.

    Candy canes:
    The candy cane was originally a straight, hard, and all-white candy stick invented by French priests in the early 1400s. The cane shape is traditionally credited to a choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral in Germany, who, legend has it, in 1670 bent straight sugar sticks into canes to represent a shepherd’s staff, and gave them to children at church services.

    You must try harder!

    God bless!

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