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The Christmas Tree Isn’t Christian

 

Popular Tradition Derived from Pagan and Wiccan Tree Worship

 

By: David Deschesne

Editor/Publisher, Fort Fairfield Journal

December 23, 2015

   Most Christians today would be surprised to find out that one of the main icons celebrating Christ’s birth, the Christmas tree, does not have Christian origins at all. But rather, has been adopted from the early pagan festival, Dies Natalis Solis Invictus, a/k/a Sol Invictus, which celebrated the victory of light over darkness and the lengthening of the sun’s rays at the winter solstice.1   The pagan festival of Saturnalia was also practiced on the Winter Solstice through December 25 and shared many of the same traditions of the Roman Solis Invictus and included tree worship of the evergreen, merrymaking and gift-giving—all pagan traditions grafted onto the celebration of Christ’s birth by the early church and carried forward through today.

   Paganism is a loosely organized religion centering around self-worship as well as worship of the Earth. An affirmation taken from Robert A. Heinlein’s book Stranger in a Strange Land states, “Thou art god.” and Jennifer Hunter describes it as a “religion that you make up as you go along.”2

   Pagan and Wiccan ceremonies are centered around sexual practices, either in solitary or group sex orgies where their orgasms are offered up to a goddess3 and their bodily fluids subsequently mixed with bloodwine and goat’s milk and drank by all in the group; the women partaking in the men’s semen and the men partaking in the women’s “amrita”.4

   Pagans are also into Bondage/Domination/Sadism/Masochism (BDSM) and so-called “Dark Eros” where partners take turns dominating each other with leather straps, whips and chains and inflict pain as part of the religious ceremony.5

   In pagan ritual, the evergreen tree is a phallic symbol representing an erect penis, with the balls and tinsel representing the testicles and semen; while the wreath is symbolic of a woman’s vaginal opening and the red bow usually placed on it symbolic of the blood that issues from it during childbirth.10  These symbols have nothing to do with Christ’s message of the Lord’s saving grace.

   Needless to say, Paganism and Wicca as religions have nothing to do with those who have chosen to follow Christ and live by Faith in our Heavenly Father. However, Christians have adopted the Pagan and Wiccan practices of tree worship during the winter solstice by continuing a centuries-old Pagan/Wiccan tradition in the Christmas tree.

   “The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year. In most Wiccan/Witchcraft traditions the theme of the Winter Solstice is linked to the rebirth/renewal of the sun. This is often personified as the Child of Promise. In the ancient mythos, the sun god is born at the Winter Solstice and dies at the time of the harvest season. In many traditions of northern Europe this day is associated with the myth of the Holly King, who is slain by his brother the Oak King. From this point on the days become longer as the Wheel of the Year turns toward summer. In the traditional Wiccan mythos, the new sun god is born at the Winter Solstice. The period of the Winter Solstice is also known as Yule. Its symbols include the holly and the pine, the latter representing the evergreen that itself symbolizes the undying light of the sun. It has long been the custom to decorate a sacred tree at this time, an ancient custom recalling a time when Divinity was believed to dwell in trees."6

   Mistletoe, another popular Christmas ornament has nothing to do with Christianity. Rather, it “is a symbol of immortality, love, and liberation. Mistletoe growing upon oak trees was highly regarded by the Romans and the Celts as a sacred plant. Because the juice of its berries resembles semen it was thought to be the sperm of the oak tree god and was therefore considered to be of great power.”7

   “Roman churchmen tended to favor the Mithraic winter-solstice festival called Dies Natalis Solis Invictus, Birthday of the Unconquered Sun... Trappings such as Yule logs, gifts, lights, mistletoe, holly, carols, feasts and processions were altogether pagan. They were drawn from worship of the Goddess as mother of the Divine Child. Christmas trees evolved from the pinea silva, pine groves attached to temples of the Great Mother. On the night before a holy day, Roman priests called dendrophori or “tree bearers” cut one of the sacred pines, decorated it, and carried it into the temple to receive the effigy of Attis. Figures and fetishes attached to trees in later centuries seem to have represented a whole pantheon of pagan deities on the World Tree.”8

   Many Christians today have adopted the pagan practice of tree-worship while paradoxically acknowledging the birth and Divinity of Christ as their Lord and Savior. That pagan practice, among others, was adopted by the early church in an effort to bring the heathen in and convert them. The heathen, however, have quite effectively converted the Christians.

   The prophet, Jeremiah warned people to avoid the use of so-called Christmas trees of his day. “Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way 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."9

   In these verses, Jeremiah warns people to “learn not the way of the heathen” by cutting down trees and decking them with silver and with gold. Unfortunately, this is the very act most Christians participate in every December, most of whom do so under the misguidance and acceptance of their Christian pastor and Christian church group.

   The Bible does not put emphasis on Christ’s birth, but rather on His death and subsequent resurrection, as payment in full for the sins of the world.  Anyone can be born, but there was only One who could die to save the souls of all humanity.  The Bible also does not prescribe any sort of celebration of Christ’s birth at all, nor is there any Biblical basis for a celebration around the pagan holy days of the winter solstice with all of its modern trappings.   The traditional, modern-day Christmas celebration is not Biblical and has no mention, or basis in the Holy Bible.

 

Notes

1. A History of the Christian Church, Williston Walker, ©1959 Charles Scribner’s Sons, p. 155

2. Rites of Pleasure; Sexuality in Wicca and Neo Paganism, ©2004 Jennifer Hunter, p. 102

3. ibid, p. 126

4. ibid, p. 216

5. ibid, pp. 146-173

6. Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft, Raven Grimassi, ©2000 Llewellyn Publications, p. 401.

7. ibid, p. 252

8. The Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, ©1983 Barbara G. Walker, p. 166

9. Jeremiah 10:1-4

10. http://www.fossilizedcustoms.com/christmastree.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Christmas Tree and Christian cross represent diametrically opposed religious beliefs. The cross represents everlasting life through Christ as our Savior, the tree is a phallus and represents the pagan rites of birth and renewal. Tree worship by pagans predates Christianity and has no place in Christian churches or practices. ffj file photo