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WHERE DID CHRISTMAS COME FROM?

Some details about Thor from ancient German mythology will show the origin of the modern Santa Claus tale:  Thor was the god of the peasants and the common people.  He was represented as an elderly man, jovial and friendly, of heavy build, with a long white beard.  His element was the fire, his color red.  The rumble and roar of thunder were said to be caused by rolling of his chariot, for he alone among the gods never rode on horse back but drove in a chariot drawn by two white goats (called Cracker and Gnasher). 

He was fighting the giants of ice and snow, and thus became the Yule-god.  He was said to live in the Northland where he had his palace among icebergs.  By our pagan forefathers he was considered as the cheerful and friendly god, never harming the humans but rather helping and protecting them.  The fireplace in every home was especially sacred to him, and he was said to come down through the chimney into his element, the fire [Note 70: H.A. Grueber, Myths or Northern Lands, Vol. I, New York, 1895, 61.]

HERE, THEN, IS THE TRUE ORIGIN OF OUR “SANTA CLAUS”.  IT CERTAINLY WAS A STROKE OF GENIUS THAT PRODUCED SUCH A CHARMING AND ATTRACTIVE FIGURE FOR PAGAN MYTHOLOGY.  WITH THE CHRISTIAN SAINT WHOSE NAME HE STILL BEARS, HOWEVER, THIS SANTA CLAUS HAS REALLY NOTHING TO DO -Francis X.Weiser, Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs (New York Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc. 1958), 113-114.

CHRISTMAS TREES –Green trees were cut down mounted, and then decked with offerings of food and precious gifts to Mithra.

The Christmas tree is from Egipt, and it originally dates from a period long anterior to the Christian Era.  [Frederick J. Haskins, Answers to Questions].

Evergreens, because of their ability to remain fresh and green throughout the year, symbolized immortality and fertility.  Egyptian priests taught that the evergreen tree sprang from the grave of their god Osiris, who, after being murdered by another god, was resurrected through the energy in an evergreen tree.

Even the Bible speaks about the pagan custom:

“Thus saith the Lord.  Learn not the way of the heathen…For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.  They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers that it move not.”    (Jer.10:2-4)              

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