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Andrew McGowan • 12/02/2015
Read Andrew McGowan’s article “How December 25 Became Christmas” as it originally appeared in Bible Review, December 2002. The article was first republished in Bible History Daily in December 2012.—Ed. - Biblical Archaeology Society
Also see articles on Hanukkah on my "Satan Claws" web page.
Are You In The Christmas "Spirit"?
Dear friends, do not believe every SPIRIT, but PUT THE SPIRITS TO THE TEST TO SEE WHETHER THEY ARE FROM YAHWEH ; for MANY FALSE TEACHERS (PROPHETS) have gone out into the world (1 Yahchanan [John] 4:1 - Weymouth New Testament).
It is quite obvious that the Christmas celebration is not of Yahweh and is not a teaching of Father Yahweh's prophetic word.
Christmas 'Tis A Pagan Celebration!
"Ho, Ho, Ho!" - "Holy, Holy, Holy" Santa Almighty?
Some parents have been teaching their children the following things about Santa Claus:
Santa Is Omniscient?
He knows how children behave throughout the year. The familiar song says "He knows when you've been bad or good ..." Also, he perfectly knows what children want for Christmas even if the child does not have the opportunity to tell him personally.
Santa Is Omnipotent?
No storm is too great to hinder Santa from performing his anual miracle of delivering gifts throughout the world. He also defies the Laws of nature by flying and coming down the narrowest (and hottest!) of chimnneys! Nor should we forget his amazing ability to produce millions of gifts throughout the year. Is anything too hard for Santa? With Santa all things are possible!
Santa Is Omnipresent?
To visit every home in the world in one evening requires nothing less that omnipresence! Every child can wake up in the morning and say, "Santa has been here! Santa was present in my home!" Prior to Christmas Santa also appears at hundreds of street corners and shopping centers throughout the country at the same time!
Santa Is Faithful?
You can always count on Santa! When Santa makes a promise he keeps it! When he promises a child a gift, that child will never be disappointed. Children are fully persuaded that what Santa has promised he is able also to perform. The child that believes in Santa will not be put to shame! He is totally dependable and trustworthy!
Santa Is Eternal?
Santa with his white beard and weather-beaten face is the very essence of eternity. Year after year goes by and Santa grows no older. Generations have come and gone but Santa is still there. His life is endless and Santa cannot die. To Santa belongs all unending life.
Santa Is Immutable?
Yesterday, today,, and forever Santa is the same! He never seems to change. He is always happy! He is always jolly. He is always kind to children. In a changing world you can always count on Santa being Santa!
Santa Is Love?
Santa loves all the boys and girls in the world! And Santa is nor respecter of persons. He loves them all - black and yellow, red and white!
Santa Is Righteous?
All that Santa does is right! He makes no mistakes! Every child's stocking contains exactly the right thing.
Santa Is Good?
Santa showers his blessings to all. Every good and perfect gift comes from Santa. He is the Supreme Giver of Christmas. It is Santa who brings the best gift of all!
Santa Is Sovereign?
On Christmas Eve Santa is in complete control of the situation. Circumstances do not phase him (such as storms, sizes of chimneys, red hot fireplaces, etc.) He is the King of Christmas!
Santa Is Coming?
Santa is coming to town! You better be ready! You better watch out! You better be good! He's coming! Are you prepared for his coming? Are you prepared when Santa comes to reward every boy and girl according to his works! Millions of boys and girls wait each year with expectancy for the glorious appearing of THE GREAT SANTA GOD OF CHRISTMAS. What a blessed hope for countless numbers of children! His reward is with him! What a comforting hope the boys and girls have as they prepare for his coming! And during the night he may come at any time! Even so, come Santa Claus!
Santa Is Worshiped?
Santa is worshiped and loved by thousands of children the world around! Children love him so much that all through the year they seek to please him so that when they see him they will not be ashamed. Oh come let us adore him!!!
Is this the one you want your children to know and love?
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (2 Timothy 4:4).
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our master Yahshua Messiah, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty (2 Kepha 1:16).
NICK "... The devil, Usually Old Nick." From: Oxford English Dictionary OLD SATAN NICK!
"Thor" says : "Ho - Ho - Ho" !!!
Even a child can see the similarities between Santa Claus and the
pagan German god - "Thor".
THE PAGAN GOD - "THOR"
IS IDENTIFIED AS - 'SANTA CLAUS'
"It should be noted though, that the figure of
Santa Claus is really a non-Christian one
and is based on the Germanic god Thor
who rode on a chariot drawn by goats named
Cracker and Gnasher."
- St. Nicholas' Day; By Shonnie Scarola
"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 rumble and roar of thunder were said
to be caused by the rolling of his chariot,
for he alone among the gods never rode on
horseback but drove in a chariot drawn by
two white goats called Cracker and Gnasher.
He was said to live in the 'Northland'
where he had his palace among icebergs.
The fireplace in every home was especially
sacred to him, and he was said to come down
through the chimney into his element, the fire."
- -Francis X. Weiser,
Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs
(New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc., 1958)
"Thor was fighting the giants of ice and snow,
and thus became the Yule-god. He was said to live
in the "Northland" where he had his palace among
icebergs. By our pagan forefathers he was considered
as the cheerful and friendly god, never harming
the humans but rather helping and protecting them.
The fireplace in every home was especially sacred
to him, and he was said to come down through the
chimney into his element, the fire."
-(Guerber, H.A. Myths of Northern Lands.
New York: American Book Company, 1895, p. 61)
The unusual and common characteristics
of Santa and Thor - are too close to ignore.
An elderly man, jovial and friendly and of heavy build.
With a long white beard.
His element was the fire and his color red.
Drove a chariot drawn by two white goats, named
Cracker and Gnasher.
He was the Yule-god. (Yule is Christmas time).
He lived in the Northland (North Pole).
He was considered the cheerful and friendly god.
"Ho - Ho - Ho"
He was benevolent to humans.
The fireplace was especially sacred to him.
He came down through the chimney into his element, the fire.
"Swedish children wait eagerly for
a gnome whose sleigh is drawn by
the goats of the thunder god Thor.
With his red suit and cap, and a bulging
sack on his back, he looks much like the
American Santa Claus."
Holly, Reindeer, and Colored Lights,
The Story of the Christmas Symbols.
New York: Clarion Books, 1971, p. 49)
Thor was probably history’s most celebrated
and worshiped pagan god. His widespread
influence is particularly obvious in the
fifth day of the week, which is named after him
– Thursday (a.k.a. Thor’s Day).
"Behind the name Santa Claus actually stands
the figure of the pagan Germanic god Thor.
Here, then, is the true origin of our "Santa Claus."
-(Weiser, Francis X.
Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs.
New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc.,
1952, p. 113)
"It was Thor who in the last days of heathenism
was regarded as the chief antagonist of Christ."
- (Davidson, H.R. Ellis. Scandinavian Mythology.
New York: Peter Bedrick Books, 1982, p. 133)
In case you are not aware, an "antagonist"
is an enemy, adversary or replacement.
The bizarre and mutual attributes of Thor and
Santa are no accident.
"Ho - Ho - Ho" !!!
Santa’s trademark "Ho! Ho! Ho!".
Most people have no idea where this came from,
and more important whom it came from ...
"In these plays, the devil’s common entry line,
known as the "devil’s bluster," was "Ho! Ho! Ho!"
Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men:
The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas.
Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997, p. 69)
"Ho, ho, ho! the devil, the devil!
A-comes, a-comes, a-comes upon me..."
A Select Collection of Old English Plays,
Vol. VI. The Project Gutenberg Ebook.
Both Thor and Saturn are Gods
For laying aside the commandment of Yahweh, you hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things you do (Yahchanan Mark 7:8).
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Messiah (Colossians 2:8).