Taking Christ Out of Xmas
[Repost – originally Posted in 2013]
By Curt Wildy
The Xmas Timeline – 274 AD to the Present
There was no Christ Mass or Christmas before 336 AD: However for hundreds, and even thousands of years before, there were pagan holy days (holidays) celebrating the winter solstice and the false gods associated with it. These pagan days were given a pseudo-Christian stamp and incorporated into the Christ Mass (now shortened to Christmas). Yet, the fact remains that the Lord Jesus Christ was never found in the “Christmas” celebration and never will be. Knowing this, we should carefully heed the warning found in…
Deuteronomy 12:30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. 31 Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. 32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
The non-Christian “Christmas” celebrations consisted of the following pagan holy days –
- Brumalia (Roman/Greek, 11/24 to 12/25)
- The Feast of Saturnalia (Roman, Dec. 17-23)
- Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Roman, Dec. 25 – “birthday of the unconquered sun”)
- The Birthday of Mithra (Persian/Zoroastrian & Roman, Dec. 25)
- Yuletide (Dec. 21 through early January – move to a Dec. 25 start date when the Gregorian calendar was adopted)
- Mōdraniht (Anglo-Saxon / Dec. 25 “Night of the Mothers”)
274 AD: Dies Invicti Solis: Emperor Aurelian made December 25 “Dies Invicti Solis” (the Day of the Invincible Sun) and made sun-worship an official cult alongside the other Roman cults of the time. Christmas exists on this December 25th date as a direct result of pagan idolatry.
311 AD: The Edict of Toleration: issued in 311 by the Roman Tetrarchy of Galerius, Constantine and Licinius officially ended the Diocletian persecution of Christians. This, in the mind of many, marks the beginning of the syncretistic movement that formed Romanism (Roman Catholicism).
312 AD: The Chi Rho (XP / ☧) Cross: (10/26/312 or 10/27/312) explains why the “X” needs to be in Xmas and not the Christ of the Bible. The stories vary, but either by vision or by dream, Constantine is said to have seen a “heavenly sign” which looked like a slanted X with the top of its head bent round. An aspect of this sign told him to make a standard (the labarum) for his army in the sign of a Chi (Χ) traversed by Rho (Ρ) to make an ☧symbol. Many believe that this may have simply been a weather phenomenon (e.g. a solar halo or “sun dog”). Whatever it was, we know that this syncretist, Constantine, associated the ‘x’ with Christ. Christ was never in Christmas but the ‘x’ (representing the false christ of Roman syncretism) always was. The christ of christmas was the same christ that the Lord Jesus warned about when He taught in Matthew 24:24 “For false christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.“
313 AD: The Edict of Milan: Constantine and co-Emperor Licinius issued this in 313, proclaiming tolerance of all religions within the empire. This is often deemed the official beginning of the Syncretic movement to merge elements of biblical Christianity with paganism. This amalgamation would lead to Romanism in 380 AD, though some put the official starting date at 461 AD with “Pope” Leo I.
315 AD: Arch of Constantine: This arch was built in 315 to commemorate the victory of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. Evidencing Constantine’s continued pagan affiliations, the arch was decorated with pagan imagery (but no “Christian” imagery/symbolism/language). Sacrifices were offered during the dedication to false gods like Apollo, Diana, and Hercules. Although the arch does not directly relate to Christmas, it does relate specifically to the pagan nature of the very Constantine who put the “x” in Xmas (once again evidencing that Christmas was never Christian in nature).
321 AD: Venerable day of the sun: On March 7, 321 Constantine decreed dies Solis—day of the sun, “Sunday”—as the Roman day of rest. In his decree, which closely matches the so-called Sunday Sabbath, he declared On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country however persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits because it often happens that another day is not suitable for grain-sowing or vine planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost. This veneration for the sun can be traced back to Aurelian sun-worship and such imagery could be found on the coins from that era (see 274 AD above). By making Sunday the day of rest, both pagan and “christian” was appeased. This served to further the amalgamation of pagan and pseudo-Christian elements initiated under the Edict of Milan in 313 AD. Though I have no problem with Christians worshiping on Sunday (I am not a Sabbatarian and I do believe that the worship service on the first day of the week is biblical), it is the motive behind Constantine’s decree that I take issue with.
330 AD: Constantinople: When Constantine “consecrated” Constantinople on May 11 of 330 A.D., he did so wearing the Apollonian sun-rayed Diadem; no Christian symbols were present at this dedication. A statue of Constantine was made in the guise of Helios, crowned with a halo of seven rays and looking toward the rising sun. This once again evidences that Constantine was no Christian and that his christ was not the biblical Christ but one fashioned in the image of the same type of sun god worshipped during Dies Invicti Solis, etc.
336 AD: Natus Christas: On December 25, 336 we have the first recorded declaration that the syncretic “christ” of the Roman empire was born on December 25; it is presumed to be the first celebration of the nativity of their “christ” or what we now call Christmas. The question each person must ask is whether the true Christ is represented on this day or the syncretic false christ of Constantine and his empire (note that Constantine, in addition to Syncretism, held to (or at least supported) the heresy of Arianism). If we admit that the christ first celebrated on December 25 is the false christ of Constantine and the Roman empire, then the true Christ was never in “Christmas” in the first place. Likewise, if the christ celebrated in the “christ’s mass” ceremony of the Romanists and other Sacramentalists is not the biblical Christ, then the true Christ, again, was never in Christmas. We cannot put the true Christ back in Christmas because He was never there to begin with.
337 AD: Pontifex Maximus: Constantine retained the title of pontifex maximus until his death, a title emperors bore as heads of the pagan priesthood (he died in 337 AD).
350 AD: Official Date established: Pope Julius I officially declared December 25th to be the birth date, or birthday, of (their) Jesus.
354 AD: Celebration: The Philocalian calendar of AD 354 gives a festival of “Natalis Invicti” on 25 December. Note the connection with the “Dies Invicti Solis” celebration of the sun-worshiping Aurelius (274 AD).
432 AD: XMas in Egypt: December 25 is celebrated in Egypt as the nativity date.
529 AD: Justinian Holy Day: Emperor Justinian declared December 25 (birth of “Christ”) to be a civic holy day.
≈ 598 AD: England: Augustine brings this celebration to England though some attribute it to king Arthur in 521 AD. Pope Gregory I ordered, around that time, that the December Julmond festival (Jul / Yule) celebrations were to be incorporated into the Christmas festivities without prohibition. Once again, we see the syncretic nature of christmas.
716 AD: Christmas tree: Some believe that Saint Boniface persuaded the Teutonic tribes to abandon worship of the sacred oak of Odin, a remnant of Druidism, and to confer it instead on the fir, a more appropriate symbol of (their) Jesus and eternal life. Others trace the Christmas tree much, much further back — to the grove worship of the Middle East (Asherah, see Part one).
813 AD: Germany: The Germans first start their Christmas / Dec. 25 celebrations in this year via the Synod of Mainz. This synod affirmed the Romanist concept of the Mass affirming once again that Christmas was never Christian.
≈ 950 AD: Norway: in the mid-900s begins to celebrate (introduced by “King Hakon the Good”).
1038 AD: The word “Christmas:” is a compound word originating in the term “Christ’s Mass”. It is derived from the Middle English Cristemasse, which is from Old English Crīstesmæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038.
≈ 1517 AD: The Protestant Reformation: Beginning with the Protestant reformation (1517 AD / Luther’s 95 theses), the Reformers spoke out against religious days (including Christmas) as being corrupt, often lascivious, and of a pagan origin. Many Reformed Protestants did not celebrate the Roman “Christ’s Mass” (Christmas).
1583 AD: Banned in Scotland: Christmas was outlawed in Scotland in 1583 due to its pagan and lascivious nature. It was promoted by the Romanists but it was those who believed in free and sovereign grace who wanted it banned.
1645 AD: Banned in England: The Puritan Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas in England due to its pagan and lascivious nature. The Puritan’s called the Christmas season Foolstide in light of the pagan origin of it and the associated manner in which it was celebrated.
1659-81 AD Banned in New England: The Puritans prohibited the celebration of Christmas, instituting a five shilling fine for engaging in such celebration. The mentioning of “St. Nicolas’ name;” exchanging gifts, lighting candles, and singing Christmas carols were all forbidden.
1660 AD: Xmas restored in England: The catholic-leaning, and later catholic-convert, Charles II restores Christmas after defeating Richard Cromwell and his supporters. Though legalized, it was still heavily condemned by protestant church leaders throughout England.
1700’s AD: Loss of popularity: In both England and America Christmas had fallen into displeasure amongst many…
1789 AD: U.S.A: Christmas was held in such little esteem in the 1700’s that Congress was in session on December 25, 1789 (the first Christmas under America’s new constitution).
1819 AD: Washington Irving: wrote The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, gent., which was a series of short stories about the celebration of Christmas in an English manor. This began to warm Americans and the English to Christmas again and inspired Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol.”
1828 AD: NYPD: The New York city council instituted the city’s first police force in response to a Christmas riot. Christmas rioting was common both in the US and UK as the day was celebrated much like Mardi Gras and Carnival are in our day (drunkenness, nudity, etc.). This, again, is in keeping with the original nature of these December 25 celebrations.
1836-38 AD: The South: Whereas many Northerners saw Christmas as being sinful (except New York and other areas with large Dutch populations), the South was much more open to it. The first three states to make Christmas a legal holiday were Alabama & Louisiana (1836) and Arkansas in (1838).
1837-41 AD: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert: brought the deep German love of Christmas to England and the masses start to favor the celebration again.
1843 AD: Christmas Carol: Dicken’s “Christmas Carol” is published and this is deemed to be the turning point which brought Christmas back into favour again.
1870 AD: U.S. Christmas Holiday: After the end of the civil war, Christmas spreads (especially from the South to the North). In 1870, Christmas becomes a federal holiday in the United States.
1871 AD: Spurgeon even affirms…: On December 24, C.H. Spurgeon stated the following concerning christmas (included for historical/cultural purposes only): “We have no superstitious regard for times and seasons. Certainly we do not believe in the present ecclesiastical arrangement called Christmas: first, because we do not believe in the mass at all, but abhor it, whether it be said or sung in Latin or in English; and, secondly, because we find no Scriptural warrant whatever for observing any day as the birthday of the Savior; and, consequently, its observance is a superstition, because not of divine authority.”
Early 1900’s AD: Christmas was fully established as a religious and secular holiday throughout America and Western Europe.
Today: America has been celebrating Christmas, en masse, for only the last two hundred years, and we have been doing so primarily due to the influence of Romanists, Arminians, and by those who know not what they believe. December 25th is truly Xmas in nature as affirmed by history and as affirmed by the majority of non-Christians (even Hindus, Jews, New Agers, Arminians, Sacramentalists, atheists, etc.) who celebrate it. Many a true Christian has no desire to be unequally yoked with such; nor do we wish to append the name of Christ to anything so unworthy and filthy as the pagan Mass (even if it is disguised by its shortened form mas). We witness to unbelievers during this season by explaining to them precisely why we cannot have anything to do with this observance. We want nothing to do with the materialism associated with it; the consumerism associated with it; the idolatry associated with it; the ecumenicalism associated with it; the depression associated with it; the history associated with it; the lies associated with it; or the debauchery associated with it — even though we would abstain from such things ourselves. We simply cannot put a “Christian stamp” on a pagan, syncretic holy day nor can we yoke the precious name of Christ with a ceremony, a mas / mass, that both dishonours and denies him. Finally, we cannot put all of these things out of our mind and “worship the true Christ anyway” while still calling it “Christmas.” I will gladly worship the Lord on December 25th (as I would on any other day) but not on “Christmas Day;” the date and time are the same but the mindset is very different.
Yet, we recognize that many true Christians celebrate this holiday. This is between them and God. I did not write this to focus on motes instead of beams but to affirm our position on the matter in light of questions that often arise. If you read this and you are not convinced of the true nature of Xmas then nothing more I can say will convince you. I am very much content, especially having written this for all to read, to leave the matter be. I do not want this to be a basis for strife or contention; however, I am very much glad to have gotten this out there. I believe that it is the biblical stance and I am delighted to stand by it.
To God alone be the glory.