I know that it is not Christmas but I was not a member on this web page until a couple days ago and I really want to share this information with you. I wrote this informal paper in college and the professor loved it.
Grammar may not be completely correct but I was young, give me a break grammar Nazi's. (lol)
To most people, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, born from a Virgin Mary, the savior and ruler of our lives. But to others Christmas brings a much different approach because Christmas means that the Winter Solstice has come. In recent years, cards and bumper sticker slogans tell us that "Jesus is the reason for the season." But that just isn't the case because there are only two Biblical references to birthday celebrations. Neither of them was Jesus' birthday, a note worthy point is that they were both the birthdays' of pagan participants.
The first birthday celebration is mentioned in the Old Testament at Genesis 40:20-22 which reads: Now on the third day it turned out to be Pharoah's birthday and he proceeded to make feast for all of his servants and to lift up the head of the chief of the cup bearers and the head of the chief of the bakers in the midst of his servants. Accordingly, he returned the chief of the cupbearers to his post of cup bearer and he continued to give the cup into Pharoah's hand. But, the chief of the bakers he hung up, just as Joseph had given them the interpretation.
The next birthday is mentioned in the New Testament at Matthew 14:6-10 which reads: But when Herod's birthday was being celebrated the daughter of Herodias danced at it and it pleased Herod so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Then she, under her mother's coaching, said: Give me here upon a platter the head of John the Baptist. Grieved though he was, the king out of regard for his oaths and for those reclining with him commanded it to be given; and he sent and had John beheaded in the prison.
Therefore, celebrating Jesus birthday on December 25 and calling it Christmas is a false pretense. Mostly because the December 25th birthday of the sun god is a common idea globally, dating back at least 12,000 years as reflected in winter solstices artfully recorded in caves, not the birth of Christ. The winter solstice was celebrated in countless places, including China and Persia, the latter regarding the solar Lord and Savior Mithra's birth. In Rome, a great festival called "Saturnalia" was celebrated from December 1st to the 23rd. The winter solstice festival in Egypt included the babe in a manger brought out of the sanctuary.
People also adapt the Christmas tree to the idea of Christmas gifts and the overall celebration of Jesus birthday. When the Christmas tree actually refers to a pagan culture where the evergreen represents life, rebirth, and stamina needed to endure the winter months. They would actually decorate the trees with ornaments from the gods, sing pagan chants (carols), and give gifts to celebrate the growing season to come. Pagan lore indicates the times between December 25, and about early-mid January, are some of the coldest days of the year. It was believed evil spirits were at their strongest during these months.
Let’s take a step back and analyze this for a minute. Most people who celebrate Christmas are indeed Christians, and they are actually celebrating a pagan ritual of an Egyptian god. When the evil spirits are the strongest and when the knowledge of the origin of the birthday celebration is combined with the fact that Christmas is not mentioned in the Bible, even once. Also the thought that ancient Jews, which include Jesus Christ, found birthday celebrations repugnant it becomes painfully apparent that Christmas is a horrible practice.