Christmas is a Pagan Celebration – The History of Christmas


History of Christmas (a Pagan Celebration) Yule or Yule-tide is a winter festival that was initially celebrated by the historical Germanic peoples as a pagan religious festival, though it was later absorbed into, and equated with, the Christian festival of Christmas. The festival was originally celebrated from late December to early January on a date determined by the lunar Germanic calendar. The festival was placed on December 25 when the Christian (Julian) calendar was adopted. Some historians claim that the celebration is connected to the Wild Hunt or was influenced by Saturnalia, the Roman winter festival. Terms etymological equivalent to “Yule” are still used in the Nordic Countries for both the Christian Christmas, but also other religious holidays of the season. In modern times this has gradually lead to a more secular tradition under the same name as Christmas. Yule is also used in a lesser extent in English speaking countries to refer to Christmas. Customs such as the Yule log, Yule goat, Yule boar, Yule singing, and others stem from Yule. In modern times, Yule is observed as a cultural festival and also with religious rites by some Christians and by some Neopagans. Credits: The History Channel No copyright infringement intended

25 thoughts on “Christmas is a Pagan Celebration – The History of Christmas

  1. @tweethang1 Sure that’s all life is when you reject all there is to celebrate in between. All the holidays show us how amazing that time between birth and death is. Christmas is peace, charity, and celebration of all we have during the darkest coldest time of the year. Cupid reminds us to honor all those who have given us the gift of their love. Halloween gives us time to remember those who have passed, and at the same time lets us be whatever we choose for one magical night. Easter is rebirth

  2. i left the christianity for pagan and wiccan path. for not all of it felt right. it felt like there was still something missing. and the pagan wiccan path has filled that peace. Jesus is still my God but Gaia and Isis are my Goddess and i believe that buddha and the Dalai Lama are wise men we can all Learn from Blessed Be Peace Love and Light everyone

  3. @Imhornydadcomeinside And I don’t believe in Jesus. Im a pagan. However I go to church with my friends. They respect my religion and I respect there’s. We have an understanding. But I do believe if Jesus excist. IF HE EXIST mind you. He had to be born in either spring or summer. MMM maybe fall depending on the weather. However if he’s in a barn and a fire was going he would be warm and Mary of course is gonna wrap him in something. Like I said we ma never know when he was born. There isnt a date

  4. @Imhornydadcomeinside Jesus wasn’t born in africa. He was born in bethlehem. And it’s a cold mountain town in Isreal. I know because I have been there. And it’s in the northern hemispher. So in december it’s cold. And when it’s cold the animals are kept in the barn. And they let them out in the day time. So the sheep’s and animals can get some air. And when night comes the air is cold and the animals are back insie. I was in bethlehem in december. And it’s cold.

  5. Christmas didn’t start in pagan rome, it was celebrated all over europe, rome didn’t start it.

  6. @tweethang1 Well here are hints that jesus was born during summer, in our parts of the world. Down there it was winter, in africa.

  7. I don’t think anyone will really know if Jesus was born in december or not. However yule is a pagan holiday. And christmas is a christian holiday. So it’s celebrated in december big deal. Anyhow anymore or nowadays it’s all a big commercial gig. Like the day after thanksgiving everybody has to shop. It’s all an economic thing anymore. I don’t celebrate holidays anymore because it’s all a bunch of rubbish. Your born you live you die. Thats life.

  8. why would sheapherds onlybe with their flock in spring their flocks don’t disappear in the winter c’mon

  9. Jeremiah 10:3, “10:3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
    10:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. “

  10. because christians adopted many aspects of polytheism, I respect Christianity more then judiasm, and Islam.

  11. Can someone give me the name of the person who declared The Bible to be the word and God and who gave that person the authority to declare the bible to be the word of God.

  12. Kids only like christmas because they get presents. Businesses only like christmas because of the sales. Its all a lie!

  13. John 10: 14-16
    14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
    15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
    => 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

  14. So you believe in God, but you don’t believe that satan is real? Do you read the bible? Like, I am not trying to be sarcasitc either.

  15. @Lawgiver777 The devil is make believe. To think that there is a power out there that could “overcome” God is simply ridicules. There is only God….nothing else.

  16. @maulhoik

    yeah it is a shame, the pagan religions can actually be incorporated with christianity. Sure not the strict catholic your going o hell christianity but the accept jesus into your heart and love others christianity. Thats what i follow. Its a closely guarded secret that pagan and christian go together but if you look at all religions without thinking maybe this s true, then you can see that they are really all the same story. Then just pick one that you like best

  17. There is a serious attempt to debunk what is being presented here. Revisionists want to downplay any pre xian recognition of the solstice as to discredit modern paganism. Why can’t we respect ALL of it as the evolution of myth and spirituality? Oh yea, that would mean recognizing the xian xmas as MYTH. We don’t dare get real!

  18. It’s great to see druids so open to merging paths. We wiccans are sooo closed minded when it comes to incorporating Christ’s philosophy in our craft. So sad.

  19. @MopDMTBARTL

    this is true thank you! I don’t really get why people always try to condemn that which is different from them. Just because they think they don’t understand it. Acually all religions are really the same technically. But yes if you don’t beleive then take the story of jesus as someone to learn from. Don’t look when you hear the name and scoff at the person. We aren’t all catholic preists who hate everyone else just because of what we choose to beleive and you don’t

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