I haven’t been up on my soapbox lately because the one I was using was worn out from frequent usage. Well, today I have finished my new improved soapbox 2.0 which will handle the frequency and weight without me having to worry about it crashing down around me.
There is a Christian sect today that put out a piece on celebrating Christmas on December 25th. A church calling itself “The Living Church of God” is spreading the word that Christmas is a pagan holiday and by Christians celebrating Christmas on December 25th, they are performing a pagan ritual. Some of its followers went as far as to say that Santa is nothing more than an anagram for Satan. How shallow the waters must flow through these minds to be so simplistic in thought.
I have covered this before, but I will again to reinforce the point.
1. Most people agree that Christ was not born on December 25th. In the time of Emperor Constantine, the emperor that tasked the Council of Nicaea to standardize the Christian faith, there were two common rituals held on the winter solstice. One was Saturnalia and the other was Mithras. These events fell between the 13th and 22nd of December. Emperor Constantine, who had converted to Christianity, declared Christmas to be held on the 25th as to make it easier for the followers of those pagan rituals to more readily accept Christianity (or so scholars believe). To say they are associated is like saying the major chain stores must own the government because of the sales they run for the 4th of July. Some cannot fathom this as their waters run shallow.
2. Christmas aka Christ’s Mass was the day that was celebrated in remembrance of the birth, death, and rebirth of Jesus Christ. Somewhere down the line people narrowed it down to the birth of Christ for the Catholic Church. Even though the Catholic Church celebrates Christmas on December 25th, many Orthodox and Coptic churches celebrate the birth of Jesus on January 6th or 7th, which in no way aligns even closely to Saturnalia or Mithras, although there are those who would want you to believe that due to the proximity of the holidays there is an association. Those who cannot understand have waters that run shallow.
3. As far as Santa Claus is concerned, this character is based on Bishop Nikolaos of Myra. Nikolaos, who served on the Council of Nicaea, was a Greek Bishop serving the church in what is now Turkey. He was not only renowned for the miracles he performed which brought to him sainthood, but he was also known to wander through his parish at night and leave coins in the shoes of his parishioners who left their shoes outside. As his story spread, his name was translated to the local languages. When it reached Holland, Saint Nikolaos became Sante Klaas which by the way is pronounced Santa Claus. Yet, some still claim that Santa is a anagram for Satan. Their waters run shallow.
4. It was also a custom for many people in Europe to bring a tree inside during the winter and decorate it simply as a mental pick me up for the long winter months. Originally decorated with fruits and nuts, they were replaced with ornaments and lights. But, if you listen to the so-called “Living Church of God” the Christmas tree is an association to the pagans as they would burn incense under every evergreen. Once again, this would be like saying since the first recorded house structures were found in Mesopotamia, we all must be followers of Baal if we live in houses. Their waters run shallow.
That is all I have to say on this for now, and I am pleased to say that my soapbox did not even creak once while I was up here, so even though I hope that I don’t have to use it very often, I think it built to last.
For those of you who are Christian I say “Merry Christmas”; for any Jewish readers, “Happy Hanukah”; for the Africans, “Happy Kwanzaa”; and any others, “have a nice day.”