Nicholas was born in Parara, Turkey in 270 CE and later became Bishop of Myra. He died in 345 CE on December 6th. Most of Christmas is celebrated after him for his contribution in marrying Saturnalia with the Catholic ”Christ Mass”, hence the word Christmas.
To many people, it is a favorite time of the year involving gift giving, parties, getting drunk, and feasting. The spirit of Christmas causes people to decorate their homes and churches, cut down trees and bring them into their homes, decking them with silver and gold.
But let’s ask, what is the meaning of Christmas? Where did the customs and traditions originate?
Even though many people believe that the origins of Christmas are found in the Bible, this simply is NOT true!!
And what about Santa Claus? Where did Santa come from? Is Santa based on myth or reality? Is Santa based on a character from the Bible? How did Santa come to be such an important part – for many, the most important aspect – of the Christmas tradition / holiday?
The shocking truth is Santa Claus originated from a character identified as the devil or Satan.
Something else that fashioned our modern day Santa was the popular medieval Christmas plays of the tenth through the sixteenth century. These miracle, moral, mystery and passion dramas acted out scenes from the scriptures and the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church. Combining humor and religion, they flourished during the fifteenth century. It is significant that St. Nicholas was a dominant theme among these plays. Much of the myth and outlandish miracles of St. Nicholas originated from these dramas. And much of the bizarre characteristics of Santa were planted in these Christmas plays.
From Grimm’s account, in the early 1100’s, the transformation of St. Nicholas into Santa Claus from the devil Knecht Ruprecht was in full throttle.
There was much influence and inspiration of the medieval plays into the making of Santa, but let us examine Santa’s trademark “Ho! Ho! Ho!”. Most people have no idea where this came from, and more important whom it came from. . .
In The Drama Before Shakespeare – A Sketch, author Frank Ireson, describes the popular Miracle Play. Notice the description of the devil as “shaggy, hairy,” etc. (as Santa), and notice the devil’s trademark “exclamation on entering was ho, ho, ho!”:
Besides allegorical personages, there were two standing characters very prominent in Moral Plays—the Devil and Vice. The Devil was, no doubt, introduced from the Miracle Plays, where he had figured so amusingly; he was made as hideous as possible by his mask and dress, the latter being generally of a shaggy and hairy character, and he was duly provided with a tail: his ordinary exclamation on entering was, “Ho, ho, ho!” (Ireson, Frank. “The Drama Before Shakespeare – A Sketch.” 1920 )
Siefker also collaborates the Devil’s trademark “ho, ho, ho.”
In these plays, the devil’s common entry line, known as the “devil’s bluster,” was “Ho! Ho! Ho!” (Siefker, Phyllis. Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997, p. 69)
The Devil’s trademark “ho, ho, ho” was carried over from the early medieval Miracle Plays to the popular old English play “Bomelio,” as the following lines from the play verify:
What, and a’ come? I conjure thee, foul spirit, down to hell! Ho, ho, ho! the devil, the devil! A-comes, a-comes, a-comes upon me,. . . (Dodsley, Robert. A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Vol. VI. The Project Gutenberg
The festival of Christmas was celebrated by pagan societies many centuries before the birth of Yahshua. When the sun began its northward trek in the sky and days began to grow longer again, pagans celebrated the Winter Solstice by burning the Yule log. Since the sun had reversed itself and was now rising in the sky, ancient pagans believed this was a sign that the human sacrifices carried out at Samhain (Halloween) had been accepted by the gods.
It is likely that the first Christmas celebrations were in reaction to the Saturnalia – a Roman harvest festival that marked the winter solstice – the return of the sun – and in honor of Saturn, the god of sowing and agriculture. It is believed that Christmas developed as a means of replacing worship of the sun. At the Saturnalia, all classes of people exchanged gifts, the commonest being waxed tapers (candles) and clay dolls. These dolls represented original sacrifices of human beings.
There is absolutely no record in the Bible of anyone observing Christmas. There is not even a hint of a Christmas celebration or anything remotely like it. When we consider the customs associated with Christmas we have to ask ourselves just what do decorated evergreen trees, holly, mistletoe, Yule logs, a jolly plump man in a red suit (Santa), sleighs, and flying reindeer have to do with the birth of Yahshua Messiah? The answer is nothing – absolutely nothing!!! However, these things do have a lot to do with ancient pagan festivals.
Christmas is a very popular holiday tradition and is celebrated by billions of people worldwide. In fact, people in nations with little or no Christian culture or tradition are celebrating this holiday in increasing numbers. The celebration of the holiday is so big that it plays a key role in the economies of many nations. In the US retail industry, the day after Thanksgiving is commonly known as “Black Friday.” It is the start of the Christmas shopping season and stores that have been “in the red” (operating at a loss) all year suddenly see their sales shoot up so fast they are now operating “in the black” (at a profit) for the remainder of the
year. Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year due to its traditional Christmas sales. In short, it’s an abomination as this so called “Christmas” is driven by nothing more than commercialism.
The word “Christmas” came into use through the medieval custom of the Roman Church celebrating Mass at midnight on the eve of December 25 – the only time in the year when this was permitted. Because of the opposition to the traces of paganism surviving in the Christmas customs, the Church of Rome created special masses to be performed at midnight, daybreak, and morning – and hence the word “Christmas.”
When we examine Christ-mass through the looking glass of history and measure it through Scripture, it becomes very clear that the rituals practiced and the customs followed today are simply variations of the ceremonies invented by Nimrod and Semiramis and practiced by the ancient pagans many years ago.
Nimrod encouraged evil idolatry to such an extent that the very word Babylon became synonymous with false worship. Nimrod had a monumental role in world developments after the Flood. His name is listed in the Bible four times, for example, the first reference to Nimrod is in Genesis 10:8-10: “Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth. He was a tyrant who deceived, who turned against Yahweh; therefore it is said: Like Nimrod the tyrant who deceived, who turned against Yahweh. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and all of them in the land of Shinar; that is, Babylon.” So we can see Nimrod was an evil man who Satan used to create Babylon.
In regard to Semiramis, she became known as the fertility goddess Ishtar. She took on many names in different cultures including Isis, Diana, Astarte, Ishtar, Aphrodite, Venus, and Easter. She was even identified with Mary as Mary was falsely deified and took on the titles “Mother of God” and “Queen of Heaven”. Her son Tammuz took on many names as well such as Horus, Apollo, Sol, Krishna, Hercules, Mithra, and finally the false name of Jesus. The name Jesus H. Christ, in fact, originated by Constantine as Hesus Horus Krishna. “Hesus Horus Krishna” evolved into Jesus H. Christ over the years. All names of Tammuz put together for the son of the sungod and member of the false Trinity, worshiped on Sunday the day of his sungod, which we know as “Sunday”, the Day of the Sun.
Nimrod was born December 25, also Nimrod’s and Semiramis’ son Tammuz was born at the winter solstice December 25. Tammuz became a god in the eyes of the people. The Christ-mass tree were first used to celebrate the birth of Tammuz, in what became an annual religious festival in ancient pagan Babylon. The celebration of the birthday of Tammuz was always a wild drunken orgy and was a favorite festival among the pagans.
This tree is then decorated in the fashion Yeremyah (Jeremiah) described. A corollary to the Tammuz tree was the rite in which the women cried for the dead god. Shortly after Yeremyah’s time, we find the idolatry has penetrated the Jewish temple where we see Sun worship and “women weeping for Tammuz.” (Ezekiel 16:14) The sun worship is closely related to the end of the Winter Solstice when the sun begins to stay in the sky longer.
Trees, decorations etc were all offerings to the birth of Tammuz on December 25. The round balls, especially the gold ones, on the Christmas trees we see today, has an origin of representing the “SUN” because the pagans worshiped the sun as a god.
A wild boar (PIG) killed Tammuz, so then the pagans looked at the pig as a great god. It is still being offered today as food at Christmas time. The pagans thought that if they ate the pig, they would become united with a god. That’s why eating HAM is still a tradition today in many countries on December 25, the birthday of Tammuz. Ever asked yourself, why is it a tradition to eat pig at Christmas? Well now you know!!! And even today we still see the pig with an apple in its mouth on a silver platter in some countries. So trees, eating ham, giving each other gifts etc, has NOTHING to do with Yahshua, it’s all revolved around a Pagan worship of Tammuz’s birth on December 25 and those who partake in Christmas are worshiping the false Sun god Tammuz! Most people are completely shocked when they realise and understand this!
The Christmas tree is nothing more than a symbol of Pagan Baal worship. Hundreds of years prior to Yahshua’s birth pagan Romans cut down evergreen trees and brought them into their homes for their December 25th worship of Tammuz.
The Egyptians also brought trees into their homes on December 25th to worship their pagan god. According to pagan teachings, the mother of “Adonis,” the Sun-God, was mystically said to have been changed into a tree, and when in this state, to have brought forth her divine son. The evergreen tree has absolutely no connection to anything at all relating to Yahshua’s birth. It is purely a pagan tradition and should be repented of and renounced of immediately!!
Despite the number of times the Santa legend is told, the magical St.Nicholas-to-Santa Claus fairy tale is simply not true. So where did Santa come from? Many Santa researchers agree that some traits of Santa were borrowed from Norse / Scandinavian mythology. Some researchers associate Santa with the Norse god Odin or Woden who was described as riding through the sky on an eight-legged white horse named Sleipnir. Odin lived in Valhalla (the North) and had a long white beard. Odin would fly through the sky during the winter solstice (December 21-25), rewarding the good children and punishing the naughty.
Another source traces Santa to the Norse god Thor. Thor was the god of the peasants and the common people. He was represented as an elderly man, jovial and friendly, of heavy build, with a long white beard. His element was the fire – his color red. The fireplace in every home was sacred to him, and he was said to
come down through the chimney into his element, the fire. Thor was said to drive in a chariot drawn by two white goats called Cracker and Gnasher. He fought the giants of ice and snow so he became known as the Yule-god. He was said to live in the Northland where he had his palace among icebergs.
Few people are aware that for most of his life, St. Nicholas (aka Sinter Klaas, Christkind, and other names) had an unusual helper or companion. This mysterious, bizarre sidekick had many names and aliases. He was known as Knecht Rupprecht, Pelznickle, Ru-Klas, Swarthy, Dark One, Dark Helper, Black Peter, Hans Trapp, Krampus, Grampus, Zwarte Piets, Furry Nicholas, Rough Nicholas, Julebuk. He was also known by much darker names such as demon, evil one, the devil, and Satan.
And to top it all of, most religious historians and experts in folklore believe that there is no valid evidence to indicate that St. Nicholas even ever existed as a human. They can find no evidence of him, like they do with other members of the clergy of the time. In fact, there are quite a few indicators that his life story was simply recycled from those of pagan gods. …The church leaders at that time are responsible for a great fraud upon society, which has never been corrected to this day, of both Yahshua’s birthday and the celebration of such, and that of Santa Claus.
The origins of many of our cherished customs come from Babylonian sun worship and over the years, have been cleverly absorbed into Christianity by Satan! The Nimrod Tree – the Christmas tree – all originated in Babylon. Wreaths, branches, boughs, and trees were used by the ancient pagans as emblems of Nimrod because they were thought of as the re-birth of the sun. Trees were decorated during the winter solstice. In Babylonian mythology, after Nimrod’s death, he became the sun-god. He was worshiped as Baal (the Lord) Marduk, Mithras, Ahura, Mazda, Gott, Aton, and Dagon. Pagans were absorbed into Christianity along with their pagan religious festivals and Satan planned that some truth would be cleverly mixed with abominations.
Following in the footsteps of false ancient Rome, the wreath is another pagan origin symbol used. This emblem is hung walls and usually on front doors to honour the false pagan Sun gods and to show the false pagan Sun gods and the world that the pagan gods are invited into that house. The wreath is alleged to be a reference to – and a symbol of – the birth of the Messiah. But like everything else, the wreaths we use today are tied to and have their origins in worship of the Sun god. What we know as the Christmas wreath comes from ancient pagan practices. These wreaths were made from evergreens and were most frequently round to symbolize the sun (just as do halos in most religious art which a halo is actually a symbol for sun worship). Hence, the round Christmas wreaths stand for an eternal sun, a never-dying or self-renewing sun. It’s ALL part of SUN GOD WORSHIP, which is a dangerous sin and abomination towards the true Creator!
The legends and myths of Santa Claus are steeped in the beliefs of pagan witchcraft. The elf is one of the traditions that can be traced back to Celtic roots, not Bible roots.
Santa and his elves are the modern version of the “nature folk” of pagan religions. Nature folk were the sprites that lived in the forest and possessed magical powers. To the Druids, elves were tree spirits or demons. In folklore, Santa was accompanied by the Krampus, (see photo below), a goat like creature, who later became known as elves.
It’s shocking and an abomination, how so many Christians continue to follow the ancient Babylonian ritual of placing an evergreen tree in their home and decorating it. Some believers are aware the Christmas tree is associated with Pagan religious idolatry, but they continue to make excuses and rationalise their involvement because they falsely claim that Yahweh has now “sanctified” the holiday and somehow redeemed it. This is, of course, apostasy of the worst kind for the practice of convincing oneself of the acceptability of anything they desire to do when the Bible clearly instructs them not to partake in such evil anti-biblical customs.
The Old Testament book of Yeremyah (Jeremiah) explicitly tells us “Learn not the wav of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 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 ax; They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.” (Yeremyah 10:2-4).
By the way, Christmas is but one of the pagan holy days that have infiltrated the Christian calendar and replaced the holy days that God ordained. Easter, which is derived from the name Ishtar, is actually closely related to the Tammuz tree. Please click here to read about evil Easter.
The common Christian practice of a sunrise service originates with an early morning worship service in which the penitents face East at the dawn – precisely what was seen during Ezekiel’s time when the women wept for Ishtar’s son Tammuz.
“Christians” routinely defend the sunrise Easter service as honoring the discovery of the resurrection of “JESUS“ that occurred 3 days after Passover with many of them not realising they are honoring the ancient pagan holy day of Easter that predated Christianity by many centuries. In fact, the New Testament shows the Apostles honored Passover while the evil king Herod honored the Easter celebration.
Passover is from Yahweh and Easter is from Satan!
State churches and World Christians refuse to repent of, and refuse to renounce this pagan practice/tradition, and every year they get immersed in the Tammuz tree, and all the other abominations associated with it.
The refusal of Christians to recognise the importance of relinquishing such demonic associations is a powerful indicator how far Christianity has gone astray. Following a pagan practice is sin, but the more dangerous sin is the steadfast refusal to repent and recognise the Bible teachings about the importance of never partaking in pagan and heathen traditions. Christianity around the world have refused to accept the truth about this.
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 “And with all deceivableness of sin in those who are perishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason, Yahweh will send them strong delusion, that they would believe the deception, In order that all those may be judged as not having believed the truth, but as having delighted in sin.”
Most “Christians” continue to buy the lie they can routinely choose their own path and that Yahweh will honor these ungodly choices under grace. They continue to reject the leading of the Holy Spirit and teachers who teach the truth, and accordingly they have quietly become “the children of disobedience” (Colossians 3:6). The Bible tells us for this cause Yahweh will send them a strong delusion because they love not the truth, as the verse above shows. That delusion has now inundated the “church” with the mystery of iniquity.
But the Word of Yahweh is pure and always true. Yahweh is not mocked, thus we would do well do take to heart the already cited passage concerning the Tammuz Tree and what will happen to those that refuse to hear His warning: “Learn not the way of the heathen…in the time of their visitation they shall perish.” (Yeremyah (Jeremiah) 10:2, 15)
People need to be aware, that once a truth is revealed to you, ignorance cannot be used as an excuse to continue in a sinful practice by partaking in Pagan and Heather traditions like Christmas, because Yahweh will judge us in accordance to the knowledge we have received.
Proof of this can be found on John 9:40- 41: “And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Yahshua said unto them, “Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him; Are we blind as well? Yahshua said to them: If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say: We see! Because of this, your sin remains.”
In other words, the Pharisees claimed to have knowledge and understanding of the things of Yahweh. This would have made them to be spiritually able to see. Therefore, because they claimed to see which is the same as, to know or understand, they remained in their sins by simply knowing and yet ignoring the Word of Yahweh.”
To conclude: So, what is wrong with Christmas?
1. To say that the true Messiah was born on December 25th is a down right lie and deception!!!
2. Trees, wreaths, holly, mistletoe and the like are strictly forbidden as pagan and heathen! To say that these are biblical, or or that they can be made biblical is a down right lie!!!
3. Yahshua Messiah never spoke of commemorating his birth, but rather commanded us to remember the sacrifice of His suffering and death, which purchased our salvation.
Think about it! Can we worship and honor Yahweh by involving ourselves with customs and traditions, which Yahweh Himself forbade as idolatry? Can we convince Yahweh to somehow accept these customs and the whole pretense and lie of Christmas, so we can enjoy ourselves and do what suits us? Can we obey the Father through disobedience? Answer, NO!
So what is right and true about Christmas? Answer: Absolutely nothing!!!
And then there is Santa, who is evil, wicked and Santa is of the Devil. Did you ever stop to realise that Santa Claus is a fake clone of the Yahshua Messiah, intended to replace Yahshua in the minds of little children. Just as Yahshua knows all, so does Santa according to the lying stories. Santa knows if you’ve been bad or good, something that ONLY Yahweh could know (Proverb 15:3). Santa brings unlimited amounts of goodness and gifts to the world, but the Bible says that all good things come only from Yahweh (James 1:17).
Santa is always pictured as a jolly and righteous fellow, but ONLY Yahshua is without sin (2nd Corinthians 5:17). Santa has superpowers: able to make reindeer’s fly, speak all languages, travel the entire world in one night, able to deliver billions of presents; but the Bible teaches that ONLY the Yahshua Messiah can do all things (Jeremiah 32:27). Santa also comes down a chimney, representing Yahshua who will return from above.
Clearly, everything about Santa Claus is a demonic replica of our precious Saviour. Santa Claus is a great impostor, a phony, a fake!!! This is why I call Santa, Satan Claus. Little children are extremely impressionable and DO believe that Santa exists. The consequences of such wickedness is to effectively block Yahshua out of a child’s mind. Little children spends thousands of hours during each year thinking about Satan Claus, while ignoring Yahshua Who created them. John 1:10, “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”
So why do so many billions of people celebrate Christmas, with it’s false Santa, reindeer’s, elves etc, when it has no Bible origin, yet has an origin in paganism and satanism? The answer is that most people have apathy, lack of interest and have no desire for the truth, and no interest in learning the truth, and as a result teach the Christmas and Santa lies to young children, and as a result, if they never repent of false Sun god worship every December 25, they shall be thrown into the lake of fire and perish!
Some people ask, “So what are we supposed to do now if we don’t celebrate Christmas?”
Our answer is simple, “Everyone must repent of Christmas and Santa stories immediately and never partake in Christmas, in any way, shape or form! NEVER enter a house or place that has a Christmas tree, for if you do, you are commanded to tear it down and destroy it! If others get upset at you for not wanting to partake in their Sun god Christmas celebrations, then tell them that you must honour and obey your Father in heaven before any person, as your salvation depends on it! There is a warning from the Creator, not to have anything to do with any false customs and traditions in Satan’s garden! We cannot honour the true Creator and still partake in these false customs such as Christmas. Have NOTHING to do with it, for if you do, you will honour and worship the false pagan sun gods and be cut off from the true Creator! Instead, honour and obey the true Feasts of Yahweh.
Yeremyah & Michaiyah (Yahweh’s House Ministries)