Be not ye afraid of them: remember YHWH, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.-Nehemiah 4:14 Article taken from: http://truthseeker-archive.blogspot.com/2010/12/pagan-roots-of-christmas.html What does Santa Claus and decorating trees have to do with Biblical Christianity? What is Christmas really about? Santa Claus, gift-giving, mistletoe, decorating trees, yule logs, and most other Christmas traditions have absolutely no basis in the Bible whatsoever. The Bible does not even instruct us to celebrate the birth of Yahshua the Messiah (aka 'Jesus'), much less tell us that his birthday was December 25th. So what are the real origins of this "holy day"? The holiday known as 'Christmas' originates from pagan winter solstice celebrations, and was "Christianized" by the Roman Catholic Church. And there is a much darker side to "Santa" and Christmas than may appear at the surface. Ancient Babylonian and Roman Winter Solstice Celebrations In ancient Babylon, the feast of the Son of Isis (Goddess of Nature) was celebrated on December 25. Raucous partying, gluttonous eating and drinking, and gift-giving were traditions of this feast. In ancient Rome, a winter festival called 'Saturnalia' was celebrated from December 17th to December 23rd in honor of their god Saturn. It was a once-a-year time to indulge in feasting, drinking, the exchanging of gifts, and merrymaking in general. Yule The pagan peoples of northern Europe also celebrated the winter solstice in a holiday known as 'Yule', in which they honored their pagan gods and celebrated "for a fertile and peaceful season", including fertility sacrifices. Trees and other greenery decorated the inside of homes in order to remind people of the soon return of Spring. It was customary to light a candle to encourage the sun god--and the sun--to reappear the following year. The traditions from Yule heavily influence Christmas, including the use of greenery indoors, the Yule log, and kissing under mistletoe. Yule Log The Yule log was the center of the trunk of a tree that was dragged to a large fireplace where it was supposed to burn for twelve days. From this comes the twelve days of Christmas. Mistletoe The source of "kissing under the mistletoe" is pagan Celtic-Norse rituals and mythology. Mistletoe was considered by the pagan Druids to be a 'sacred' plant having medicinal qualities and mysterious supernatural powers, especially helping fertility. The custom of kissing under the mistletoe began as a fertility ritual.  Mistletoe was also used by the pagan Romans in fertility rites. Decoration of Trees and use of Greenery Indoors The decoration of homes with greenery during the dead of winter was done as a reminder that the warmer spring and summer months would soon eventually come. At the winter solstice, the Romans decorated their homes with evergreen trees and boughs of laurel. The pagan Northern Europeans used holly, ivy and bay for both decoration and in their religious rites at their solstice observance. Hollyberries were believed to be a "food of the gods." In northern Europe, evergreen branches were used as means to "ward off evil spirits." The use of the Christmas tree also goes back to the early Druidic practice of tree worship. Carrolling In Rome, Saturnalia was celebrated by groups of people singing in the streets. This is the origin of 'carrolling'. Gift-giving Many people associate gift-giving with the wise men and their presents to the young 'Jesus', but this practice is also of pagan origin. The Romans exchanged "good luck" presents during Saturnalia, in which the wealthy gave gifts to the poor in honor of the "golden age of liberty when the god Saturn ruled the known world".  Church of Rome renames Saturnalia festival "Christ's Mass" Saturnalia was popular among the pagan Romans in the early years of the Roman Catholic Church following when Constantine decreed his version of 'Christianity' as the official religion of Rome. In order to make it easier for the pagans to convert to Christianity as well as further paganize and corrupt the true Israelite religion, the Romish Church simply encouraged the continued observance of Saturnalia, but ascribed 'Christian' meanings to the pagan rituals, and gave the festival the name "the Mass of Christ" or "Christ's Mass." Instead of the birth of the Sun god, this was now the 'birth of Christ.' Puritans Rejected 'Christmas' - 'Holiday' suppressed from 16th to 19th Centuries The Puritans, citing its pagan origins, believed Christmas should not be observed. Prominent Puritan William Prynne, during the time of king Charles I, wrote: "Our Christmas lords of Misrule, together with dancing, masques, mummeries, stage-players, and such other Christmas disorders, now in use with Christians, were derived from these Roman Saturnalia and Bacchanalian festivals; which should cause all pious Christians eternally to abominate them" (The Book of Christmas Folklore, p. 8). The observance of Christmas was made illegal in Scotland in the 16th century. It was also made illegal in many parts of the United States in the early days of the nation, mainly in New England states such as Massachusetts where the Puritan influence was strong. Due to the influence of the Puritans in Britain and the United States, celebration of Christmas was suppressed in the Anglo-Saxon world from the 16th through the 19th century. Over the last century, due mainly to mass media influence, Christmas observance has exploded in popularity.