Dec 24, 2013

How Christmas Came to the Celts

You may have heard this before: December 25th wasn't really when Jesus was born. It came about because the church commandeered another pagan festival, this time the winter solstice.

But, have you thought about why? The ancient pagans were not evil people, at least not especially evil for the times they lived in. They weren't devil worshippers for heaven's sake. They worshiped what they saw and witnessed. The sun, the moon, the trees, the wonders of nature.

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.~Romans 1:20 NLT

The winter solstice marks the end of the dark half of the year and the beginning of the light half, and before Christianity, people observed this, creating great festivals. The Romans in particular observed this time of year by decorating their houses with greenery, lighting candles, and giving presents. The ancient people, being dependent on the land, saw the lengthening days as something to celebrate.

The people who walk in darkness  will see a great light.For those who live in a land of deep darkness,   a light will shine.~Isaiah 9:2 NLT

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” ~John 8:12 NLT

It's true that Christianity came and turned pagan celebrations into Christian ones in an attempt to get the people to focus on the church's teachings. But when you look at what the people already sensed, and what the scriptures say, it makes sense to celebrate Christmas during this season. What do you think?


  1. Makes perfect sense to me, Cindy. You're right. They were not especially evil people. "Pagani" = "country folks." I'd rather take their type of paganism than our present-day materialistic culture.

  2. Before there were pagans, there was God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He lays claim to everything; through Him and by Him all creation was made and will bow before Him.
    It makes sense to celebrate CHRISTmas every day. We get so hung up on one day which serves only to shift our focus from our daily walk.
    As to the ancient people being dependent upon the land...are not we all dependent upon the land and the earth's harvest?

  3. So true. And yes, we are ultimately dependent upon the land, but most of don't realize it and aren't as aware of nature as people in the past have been.