The pagan nature of Christmas is best explained by a witch in their
observance of Midwinter
Night's Eve: Yule (Christmas):
In fact, if truth be known, the holiday of
Christmas has always been more Pagan than Christian, with it's associations
of Nordic divination, Celtic fertility rites, and Roman Mithraism.
That is why both Martin Luther and John Calvin abhorred it, why the
Puritans refused to acknowledge it, much less celebrate it (to them,
no day of the year could be more holy than the Sabbath), and why it
was even made ILLEGAL in Boston! The holiday was already too
closely associated with the birth of older Pagan gods and heroes.
And many of them (like Oedipus, Theseus, Hercules, Perseus, Jason,
Dionysus, Apollo, Mithra, Horus and even Arthur) possessed a narrative
of birth, death, and resurrection that was uncomfortably close to
that of Jesus. And to make matters worse, many of them pre-dated the
Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi says the following in The
Date And Meaning Of Christmas:
The adoption of the 25th of December for the
celebration of Christmas is perhaps the most explicit example of Sun-worships
influence on the Christian liturgical calendar. It is a known fact
that the pagan feast of the dies natalis Solis Invictithe birthday
of the Invincible Sun, was held on that date. Do Christian
sources openly admit the borrowing of the date of such a pagan festivity?
Generally not. To admit borrowing a pagan festival, even after due
reinterpretation of its meaning, would be tantamount to an open betrayal
of the faith. This the Fathers were anxious to avoid.