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by Sylvia Todd in General Questions about April 20, 2016 open - report

Are Christmas and Easter pagan holidays?

This question seems to come up during any major holiday. All answers would be of interest :).

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    by Schalk de Beer about May 1, 2016

    Sylvia, this has been on my mind a long time, and I don't want to sound clever. My insight comes from a book called The Two Babylon, written by Alexander Hislop.

    The long and short of it is that Jesus wasn't born on 25 December, He was born somewhere either very late September or during October,  because the sheppards were still in the fields,  sol in the autumn. 21/22 December is the shortest day in the northern hemisphere, there was a pagan festival for the days to become longer, so that the season can change. Jesus never said we must think back at His birth,  he said we must remember His resurrection with wine and bread.

    Easter comes from the name Ishtar, and is a pagan feast, that is why I use the term Passover feast, because it comes from the bible. Part of eastern is the eggs and bunnies, that is all part of the pagan festival of fertility. Please read the book, this is such a big topic, the whole story about paganism gets dealt with in the book.

    God bless. 

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    • Sylvia Todd
      by Sylvia Todd
      May 18, 2016

      Thank you for your response, Schalk, sorry for the late reply! I thought I had commented, but apparently, had not :). I agree that we do not actually know the date of Jesus' birth, and that there are pagan roots on these names we use, just like there are...  more

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    by Laura Mustard about April 23, 2016

    Good question. I don't recall reading about Easter, in this sense, but I have read articles about Christmas trees having pagan roots. Seems as if I did read a credible reference about the Christmas trees at some point, stating that Christians "revised" the Christmas tree to reflect more about Jesus. One example being gifts. The good news, in this house, is that we have our Christmas tree decorated with seasonal and Christian decor! :)

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    • Sylvia Todd
      by Sylvia Todd
      April 25, 2016

      Thank you for your thoughts, Laura! That's a great idea on the tree :). We actually keep our tree up all year round. We keep white lights on during the year and colors during the Christmas season, kind of keeping Christmas in our hearts the whole year :)!

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