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What can I say to my husband to convince him that Christmas and Easter are not pagan celebrations?

Full Question

My husband, a non-Catholic Christian, read in an Evangelical magazine that Easter and Christmas should not be celebrated because they are based on pagan rituals and worship. He says that Easter began with worship of the goddess of spring and that we should not have a Christmas tree because the Bible prohibits the worship of trees adorned with silver and gold. How can I assure my husband that these holidays celebrate only the birth and the resurrection of Our Lord?

Answer

First of all, who do you know that worships Christmas trees? Nobody that I know; that’s for sure! Just as people can be Christianized, so can their customs and celebrations. Christianity is a powerful thing because it is the power of God on earth. Catholic Christians have always believed this. So they Christianized trees at Christmas and eggs at Easter. Who remembers the Christmas tree or Easter as pagan things? One has to dig deep to find pagan worship in them. It is better to rejoice that they have become vehicles for celebrating the love of Christ.










22 comments

  1. Visuca Mazo Reply

    Thank you: that is the way I feel too.

    1. Christian Tusa Reply

      Look I don’t believe in celebrating for the same person. God commanded us to not devote ourselves to idols, bringing in the Xmas tree into our house is bringing a pagan idol in our homes, not knowing it’s origin. People need to understand that Christmas and Easter do not relate to Christianity, they do not connect.

  2. Pete Parks Reply

    First off, I think she married the wrong man.

  3. Silvano Toso Reply

    I have made my own researches on the Christmas festivity and this is what I found: The famous Dead Sea Scrolls and the Qumran scrolls and perchaments are historical documents, containing also the official list of the priests, who were on duty at the Temple, in the now called, the calendar of Qumran. The duties in the Temple of Jerusalem was divided among 24 families descended from Aaron, brother of Moses (1 Chron. 24: 1-18). A priest from each family presided at the temple for a week, starting around noon Saturday. Their names and the order in which they presided are recorded in the Qumran scrolls.
    Each class served a week in the temple, thus serving twice a year.
    The Gospel says that Zacharias was serving in the Temple “and the whole multitude of the people were praying” (Luke 1:10), this was the largest Jewish Feast of Tabernacles, which occurs in late September or early October . In fact, the priestly division of Abijah had been on duty during the second week of the Jewish month of Tishri, the week of the Day of Atonement in our calendar, between 22 and 30 September. While in service, the Archangel Gabriel told Zacharias that he and Elizabeth would have a son (Luke 1: 5-24). He then conceived John, later known as the Baptist. For this reason we celebrate the Nativity of St. John the Baptist on June 24.
    Saint Luke also records how the Archangel Gabriel told Mary that Elizabeth was six months pregnant with John (Luke 01:36) (not later than six months, as some say) which means the Annunciation took place on March 25, and that is why we celebrate it on March 25. Nine months after March 25, or six months from June 24, we hve the birth of Jesus Christ, on December 25, our Christmas. So Christmas was not have a co-opted a pagan holiday party, allegedly the festivity of the Roman God Sun.

    Considering all of the above, then the early church must have celebrated Christmas December 25. Is there evidence? Yes, there is. Saint Irenaeus (c.130-202) of Lyon considers the conception of Jesus as the March 25 to coincide with the Passion. But, before him, according to the “Liber Pontificalis", Pope St. Telesphorus (125-136) instituted the tradition of celebrating midnight Mass on December 24/25, which means Christmas was already celebrated then. St. Theophilus (115-181), bishop of Caesarea, said: “We have to celebrate the birthday of our Lord on December 25th.” Saint Hippolytus (170-240) mentions in his Commentary on Daniel, that the birth of Christ took place on December 25. As you can see, Constantine (272-337) had nothing to do with Christmas, as the protestants wants us to believe. So, JESUS WAS ACTUALLY BORN ON ECEMBER 25.

    1. sunflowersusie Reply

      It doesn’t matter if Christmas and Easter are pagan, they are the days designated celebrating Our Lord’s Birthday and His Resurrection. If you are any type of Christian you are “saved”. The reason you are a Christian is the result of His Birth and Death. Its a shame that we cannot have a discussion without a childish argument.

      1. Kendall Reply

        Okay, it doesn’t matter if you celebrate those days as something else. They ARE factually pagan holidays. Deal with it.

        1. Islandpride09 Reply

          All days and all Beings belongs to the Creator of the Universe… pagans included, your pagans share a day with what our God created… and when we celebrate Christmas or Easter we do it to honour and praise our Lord, unlike you people we don’t think or honour a day to any pagan. cos whatever we do in our Lords name it please Him much…. say this verse daily

          Psalm 118:24 (ESV)
          This is the day that the Lord has made;
          let us rejoice and be glad in it.

          As for Christmas trees & Easter bunnies we don’t associate it with the religious aspects of these holy days… these are merely decorations, if you are grudging some decorations for these holy events, then you should not be decorating your premises for birthdays, weddings etc….

    2. Silvano Toso Reply

      Kendall, your article, written by a protestant goes totally against the FACTS that I have quoted in my commentary. I quoted REAL documents, REAL dates, not a mere opinion of mine, which is worthless in itself. Be humble, and learn the facts, and not those ill arguments of some protestant doctors, who even came to claim that the founder of the Catholic church…..wait….are you seating? you better be, otherwise you will fall, that the founder of the Catholic church was Constantine….. the devil surely works in strange way to confuse the minds, don’t you agree? May the Grace of God be with you, may Jesus Christ fill your heart with His Divine Mercy, and may the Virgin Mary, who was chosen by God Himself to bring us Jesus the Saviour, protect you against all evils with Her virgin mantle, and may the Holy Spirit, who found the Virgin Mary deign to be His spouse, light your mind with the Divine and only Truth, which was passed on to the Catholic Church from day one. (Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 17: 6-10).

      1. Kendall Reply

        Your reply, actually, was riddled with bullshit and little to no fact whatsoever. Do some more research and then you can speak to me.

        1. Silvano Toso Reply

          The type of answers you are giving, the language you are using, the animosity in your replies is a clear indication that the Holy Spirit is not working in you…..He will never use the word “bullshit” for example….those documents that I presented, including the Gospel passages are REAL…. just do the effort and look at them….they are public demain, may dear friend…. come down from where you stand and with humility look at them and learn. may God be with you.

    3. Frances Reply

      Romans 14:6 – 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord.

  4. Silvano Toso Reply

    Carolyn, thank you. You are so right. I thoroughly enjoied your choice of video. God bless you

  5. Salem Reply

    I don’t know about Easter but I do know that Christmas used to be called yule, that’s still celebrated in some parts of the world by the way, and the old christians that came over tried to get the pagans to convert to the church ways by changing the holiday to one that was tied in with Jesus and stuff like that. So yeah Christmas is Pagan if you look in the holiday records. Also Jesus was born during the summer. It was just on one of the PBS specials that some person moved it up because it seemed like a better time to celebrate his birth.

  6. Charles D. Winters Reply

    JESUS DIED ON THE 14 TH DAY OF THE MONTH -THIS IS THE PASSOVER THAT GOD COMMANDED IN EXODUS 12.6- NUMBERS 9.3,5, -11 …EZRA 6.19 …THERE IS NO VERSE IN THE BIBLE THAT SAYS JESUS DIED ON FRIDAY…CHECK THE VERSES IN THE WORD OF GOD AND SEE FOR YOURSELF…YOU SHALL TAKE A YEAR OLD LAMB AND THE WHOLE COMMUNITY SHALL KILL IT…JESUS DIED ON WEDNESDAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK …PASSOVER 14 DEATH….BURIAL ON THE 15 -16 – 17 …RESURRECTION AT TWILIGHT BETWEEN TH 17TH AND 18 TH OF THE MONTH…IT IS ALL IN THE WORD OF GOD…3 FEAST OF THE LORD WERE FULFILLED …

    1. Luke Reply

      I could point out the part where it says Jesus was crucified on the Preparation Day for the Passover, and that the Sabbath for the Jews occurs on Saturday (“…because the Sabbath of that week was a solemn one…”, so the day before would be Friday… but your post in all caps inclines me to believe that you probably wouldn’t listen to what I say.

      I would be interested in seeing the calendar that you used to come up with your conclusion, though. I believe the Jews of that time used a lunar calendar, so dates jump around pretty wildly compared to the solar Julian and Gregorian calendars.

  7. rose Reply

    My mother always told me that Satan would always look for ways to be like Jesus. He wanted an alter like we had at our church with candles colors prayers cloakes and all of that sort because of envy and jealousy towards Jesus Christ.

  8. carlos Reply

    Silvano Toso is 100% correct BUT you Kendall is talking out of your ignorance AND you Charles D. Winters who told you there is no verse that Jesus died on Friday ? here read John 19:30 and John 19:31 .Sabbath is saturday our Lord Jesus Christ died on Friday PROOF::Listen people …. John 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said,” It is finished “with that,he bowed his head and gave up his spirit(meaning he died) John 31 Now it was the day of Preparation and the next day was to be special Sabbath (Sabbath is on Saturday right? sure it’s right)
    Please read properly In John 19:31 ….. the next day was to be special Sabbath that is Saturday
    Sure there was no Friday mentioned but logical common sense can explain that Jesus died ON THE DAY OF PREPARATION AND THE NEXT DAY WAS TO BE SPECIAL SABBATH and what is next day ? it is Saturday and what is the preceding day? sure Friday the day of Preparation THAT THE LORD DIED ON THE CROSS for the next day is Sabbath. DO WE NEED MATHEMATICS IN THIS ,?, this is very easy to understand for those who like to study this 2 verses John 19:30 and John 19:31 PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL .

  9. steven Reply

    he must belong to the church of idiots, know where in the bible does it say not to (worship) a tree, if that were true, the Israelite’s would of never worshiped the ark of the covenant which by the way is what this is preferring to, Jeremiah 10 NIV

    1 Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel. 2 This is what the LORD says:
    “Do not learn the ways of the nations
    or be terrified by signs in the sky,
    though the nations are terrified by them.
    3 For the customs of the peoples are worthless;
    they cut a tree out of the forest,
    and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. 4 They adorn it with silver and gold;
    they fasten it with hammer and nails
    so it will not totter.

  10. steven Reply

    besides that, Jesus was never born in December,… Since Elizabeth (John’s mother) was in her sixth month of pregnancy when Jesus was conceived (Luke 1:24-36), we can determine the approximate time of year Jesus was born if we know when John was born. John’s father, Zacharias, was a priest serving in the Jerusalem temple during the course of Abijah (Luke 1:5). Historical calculations indicate this course of service corresponded to June 13-19 in that year ( The Companion Bible, 1974, Appendix 179, p. 200).

    It was during this time of temple service that Zacharias learned that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a child (Luke 1:8-13). After he completed his service and traveled home, Elizabeth conceived (Luke 1:23-24). Assuming John’s conception took place near the end of June, adding nine months brings us to the end of March as the most likely time for John’s birth. Adding another six months (the difference in ages between John and Jesus) brings us to the end of September as the likely time of Jesus’ birth.

  11. Cheryl Springer Reply

    This answer is hideous. Why not tell him the truth? We color eggs because when Mary Magdalene was holding an egg the emperor said he no more believed Christ had risen than that the egg in her hand could turn red. It instantly turned red. THAT is the truth behind dyeing eggs. And look up St. Boniface and the history of Christmas trees. They aren’t pagan at all.

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