I have been moving away for the celebration of family traditions for over a year. It has not been an easy journey. How do you explain to your children and expect them to understand. They respect my decision and I respect theirs.
“I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell your solemn assemblies. 22Though ye offer burnt offerings and meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. 23Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of the viols. 24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”
The holidays were are always troublesome to me. It always caused more work, frustration and as a child I always managed to get myself into trouble. Everyone would be busy looking forward to guests, the decorations, the special desserts, the abundance of food and the gifts. I can only remember a few times getting something I really wanted and enjoyed. I did not like games and the dolls did not look like me so I didn’t really relate to them. I always consider the expense of these festivities because after the celebrations were over things always got tight. Sales were all over. I wondered why we didn’t wait and shop after the holidays, to me that was more reasonable.
We celebrate Christmas because it was the Savior’s birthday. I had not read the Holy Scriptures and I was not sure that this birth date was recorded. All the sermons I’d heard was about the shepherds keeping watch over their flocks, the three wise men and the babe born in Bethlehem. I often wondered how could the shepherds be with the cold and not freeze to death or get sick, what did a jolly ole man dressed in a red suit trimmed in fur come down a chimney with a sack full of toys and visited each house around the world in one night. Most of all why were we receiving gifts on some one else’s birthday. I thought we gave gifts to some one on their birthday.
As an adult, the only thing I can confirm is the babe born in Bethlehem. I could find not confirm the amount of wise men.
“Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared”
Matthew 2:7 (KJV).
Only the three gifts are mention – “And when they had come into the house, they say the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense and myrrh” Matthew 2:11.
I can agree that the Savior was born in Bethlehem, the wise men presented three gifts to Him.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night” Luke 2:8. I seriously doubt if this was during the winter. Also The Most High is all knowing and can do anything – why was the absolutely no room in an inn for them because of the census. People were traveling for all over I can’t imagine traveling that far in the winter.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger
Why December 25th? There are many theories they all undermine TMH. Think about it the Lord came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. He gave us Holy Days not holidays. Think of increase of crime and sins committed during the holidays. Are there really blood sacrifices preformed to the Sun god during this time what about the veil being at it’s thinnest between the realms this time of year. All kind of immoral acts in the name of celebration having a good time, getting into debt to put a smile on the faces of others. This is something we should do all year.
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3For 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. 4They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. 5They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. 6Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.
This Christmas I pray the nations eyes are opened. Have you ever heard of Nimrod? He was a great influence on this world’s religions. I will give you a brief insight on Tammuz aka Nimrod. Your cherished Christmas tree was an early Babylonian tradition. It was a custom to place gifts under a tree during the winter solstice, as an offering to Tammuz. It was believed that after his death he became the sun. Semiramis promoted the belief that he was a god. She claimed she witnessed a full grown evergreen tree grow out of the roots of a dead tree stump symbolizing the new life for Nimrod.
Nimrod was the great grandson of Noah, his mother and wife was Semiramis aka Ishtar and Isis. In Egypt Nimrod is known as Osiris, the architect of Babel or what we call Babylon. Birthday celebrated December 25th.
I hope I have peaked your curiosity and interest. Let’s do this. Shalawam