IS CHRISTMAS PAGAN? CHRISTIANS AGAINST CHRISTMAS

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The list author says: "I personally LOVE the Christmas holiday; but think that one should get "both sides." There may or may not be a "War on Christmas," but there ARE Christians who oppose Christmas; e.g., Scottish Presbyterians; Jehovah’s Witnesses; the Philadelphia/United/Restored Church of God; the Church of God (Seventh Day); some 7th-Day Adventists, etc.

While their arguments may not persuade you (they haven't me!), there are some valid criticisms of Christmas (e.g., commercialism; some aspects of Santa) that we can all acknowledge.

Other "anti" publications not on Amazon are: Jim Staley's "When Was Jesus Born?" (CD); "Christmas: An Historical Survey Regarding Its Origins and Opposition to It" (Kevin Reed); "Should A Christian Celebrate Christmas?" & "'Tis the Season ... for Pagan Worship" (Rick Miesel); "The Religious Observance of Christmas and ‘Holy Days’ in American Presbyterianism" (Chris Coldwell); "What Fellowship Hath Christ and Belial?" (Douglas W. Comin); "Holidays or Holy Days" (United Church of God); "God’s Holy Days or Pagan Holidays?" & "The True Origin of Christmas" (David C. Pack); "Christmas and Pagan Customs" (Church of God [Seventh Day]); "The History of Christmas" (Ben Best); "The Origins of Christmas" (Lawrence Kelemen); "The Date And Meaning Of Christmas" (Samuele Bacchiocchi); "The Shocking Truth about Christmas" (Russell Tardo); "The Pagan History of Christmas" (Joel Ehrlich); "Why is Christmas So Popular?" (Stephen Flurry); "What You May Not Know About Christmas" and "Why Christmas Is So Important to God" (Mark Jenkins & Carl Hilliker); "The Origins of Christmas and Easter" (Christian Churches of God); "The Shocking Pagan Origin of Christmas" (Hope of Israel Ministries); “Where Did We Get Christmas?” (Larry R. Lasiter); "The Christmas Lie" (christmasisalie.com); "BAALMAS" (Lawrence B. Brunk). Chuck Missler's DVD, "The Christmas Story: What Really Happened" also rejects some parts of the traditional story."
Unwrapping of Christmas
1.  Unwrapping of Christmas DVD ~ General Public
The list author says:
  "Narrated by Caryl Matrisciana, includes commentary by Chuck Smith, Hal Lindsey, and others. (Copied from earlier VHS release.)"
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Truth or Tradition: A Closer Look At Christmas and Easter
2.  Truth or Tradition: A Closer Look At Christmas and Easter DVD ~ Jim Staley
The list author says:
  "Staley (who pastors a large, contemporary congregation) advocates celebrating the Jewish feast days."
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Jesus Is NOT The Reason For The Season
3.  Jesus Is NOT The Reason For The Season by Cheryl Sanchez
The list author says:
  "She writes, "I realize that many of you believe that God has 'cleaned up' and 'cleared out' the paganism. Not so, my Friend.""
$14.36   Used & New from: $13.60
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The Plain Truth About Christmas
4.  The Plain Truth About Christmas by Herbert M. Armstrong
The list author says:
  "Armstrong's major booklet on the subject. Also see "Christmas: The Untold Story," and "Pagan Holidays or God's Holy Days- Which?""
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Is Christmas Christian?
5.  Is Christmas Christian? by Sheldon Emry
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  "A "Christian Identity" (i.e., Anglo-Israel) preacher."
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Regulative Principle of Worship and Christmas
6.  Regulative Principle of Worship and Christmas by Brian Schwertley
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  "The best "theological" critique, based on traditional Reformed principles."
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The Truth About Christmas
7.  The Truth About Christmas by R. F. Becker
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Christmas; the Lie That Everybody Loves
8.  Christmas; the Lie That Everybody Loves by Luther Whitley
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Pagan Traditions: The Origins of Easter, Christmas and Halloween
9.  Pagan Traditions: The Origins of Easter, Christmas and Halloween by David Ingraham
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  "A radio show host; not entirely "against.""
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Holy Days and Holidays: The Truth About the Sabbath, Easter and Christmas
10.  Holy Days and Holidays: The Truth About the Sabbath, Easter and Christmas by Wynoma P. Hollis
The list author says:
  "By a former Jehovah's Witness who then joined the Worldwide Church of God. Deals with ALL holidays in this country (even Martin Luther King Day, Veterans's Day, etc.)"
$23.49   Used & New from: $23.06
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Christmas, Easter, and Hallowen
11.  Christmas, Easter, and Hallowen by Vance Ferrell
The list author says:
  "Critical of all three celebrations."
$3.00
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Occult Holidays or God's Holy Days - Which?
12.  Occult Holidays or God's Holy Days - Which? by Fred R. Coulter
The list author says:
  "He is associated with the (former) Worldwide Church of God, under Herbert Armstrong. (Most critical of Halloween.)"
$16.70   Used & New from: $0.04
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What Does the Bible Really Teach?
13.  What Does the Bible Really Teach? 
The list author says:
  "The Jehovah's Witnesses' website (watchtower.org) has various articles against the Christmas celebration; this has perhaps their most detailed critique in book form, however."
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Is Christmas Christian?
14.  Is Christmas Christian? by Michael Schneider
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  "Another Reformed (Presbyterian) perspective; short but succinct."
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About Christmas! About Truth! It's Time to Tell!
15.  About Christmas! About Truth! It's Time to Tell! by Judith Wright
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Christmas-keeping and the Reformed faith: A response to Professor David J. Engelsma
16.  Christmas-keeping and the Reformed faith: A response to Professor David J. Engelsma by David W Cason
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A Christian perspective of Hallowe'en, Easter and Christmas-- in the light of God's word
17.  A Christian perspective of Hallowe'en, Easter and Christmas-- in the light of God's word by Allegra McBirney
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The Truth About Christmas
18.  The Truth About Christmas by Bruce R. Booker
The list author says:
  "Booker is leader of a Messianic Jewish congregation."
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Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Observe?
19.  Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Observe? by United Church of God
The list author says:
  "By an offshoot of Armstrong's Worldwide Church of God."
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Santa Claus, Jesus, the Duel: Jesus v/s Santa
20.  Santa Claus, Jesus, the Duel: Jesus v/s Santa by P Marie
The list author says:
  "Marie is a talk show host in Atlanta, Georgia.  She (in fiction) proposes separating Christmas from "Santamas" (a holiday about Santa, celebrated on "St. Nicholas' Day" on December 6th)."
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The True Lie About Christmas
21.  The True Lie About Christmas by Mr JM Fouche
The list author says:
  "A Youth Pastor's rejection of Santa Claus, rather than the Christmas celebration itself."
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Santa Claus: The Big, Fat Lie! - Learn What Scripture Teaches About This Christmas Spirit
22.  Santa Claus: The Big, Fat Lie! - Learn What Scripture Teaches About This Christmas Spirit by PhD Jo Williams
The list author says:
  "The author describes herself as "a former student of Bible languages and Bible teacher for many years.""
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The Two Babylons (Cosimo Classics, Religion + Spirituality)
23.  The Two Babylons (Cosimo Classics, Religion + Spirituality) by Alexander Hislop
The list author says:
  "See the chapter, "Christ-mass and Lady-Day.""
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A dispute against the English popish ceremonies obtruded on the Church of Scotland: Wherein not only our own arguments against the same are strongly ... confuted (17th century Presbyterians)
24.  A dispute against the English popish ceremonies obtruded on the Church of Scotland: Wherein not only our own arguments against the same are strongly ... confuted (17th century Presbyterians) by George Gillespie
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  "Gillespie was a 17th century Scottish theologian."
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The Church of Christ: Volume One
25.  The Church of Christ: Volume One by James Bannerman
The list author says:
  "Bannerman (1807-1868) was a Scotch theologian who wrote in this book, "Scripture, as the rule for the exercise of Church power, forbids the establishment of ecclesiastical holidays.""
$32.96   Used & New from: $28.50

Fossilized Customs 11th Edition
26.  Fossilized Customs 11th Edition by Lew White
The list author says:
  "Asserts the "pagan origins of Christmas, Easter, Sun-day, the Roman calendar, bells, steeples, obelisks, and much more.""
$15.96
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The Pagan-Christian Connection Exposed with DVD
27.  The Pagan-Christian Connection Exposed with DVD by Michael Rood
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  "An Israeli Jewish scholar "explodes the long-held traditions of Christmas, Easter, and Lent.""
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Pagan Holidays
28.  Pagan Holidays by Todd D Bennett
The list author says:
  "This book "examines traditional religious holidays in the light of the Scriptural Appointed Times.""
$18.76
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Too Long In The Sun
29.  Too Long In The Sun by Richard Rives
The list author says:
  "About worship of the sun in the Chaldean, Assyrian, Babylonian, Greco-Roman, and Medo-Persian cultures, and its influence on Christian holidays."
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The Torah Calendar: Yhwh's Days Of Worship
30.  The Torah Calendar: Yhwh's Days Of Worship by Norman B. Willis
The list author says:
  "Advocates "The Calendar our Creator Wants us to Keep."  Also see his "The Original Faith" and the much longer "Nazarene Israel: The Original Faith of the Apostles.""
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Come Out of Her My People
31.  Come Out of Her My People by C. J. Koster
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  "Argues for rejecting nonbiblical traditions."
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The true origin behind Christmas: A series of questions and answers
32.  The true origin behind Christmas: A series of questions and answers by Anne Wilde
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  "Ms. Wilde is a Mormon "fundamentalist.""
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What Christmas Means to Me
33.  What Christmas Means to Me 
The list author says:
  "Mrs. Eddy (the Founder of Christian Science) said, "This homely origin of the babe Jesus falls far short of my sense of the eternal Christ," and requested "total exemption from Christmas gifts.""
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Our Pagan Christmas
34.  Our Pagan Christmas by R. J. Condon
The list author says:
  "A famous 1974 atheist pamphlet.  (It was updated in "Did Christians Steal Christmas?" by Robert Stovold, which isn't listed on Amazon at present, but is available from the British "National Secular Society.")"
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The Atheist's Guide to Christmas
35.  The Atheist's Guide to Christmas by Andrew Shaffer
The list author says:
  "Contributions in favor of the SECULAR celebration of the holiday from atheist scientists, comedians, philosophers and writers."
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The Trouble with Christmas
36.  The Trouble with Christmas by Tom Flynn
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  "Perhaps the best "secular" critique of the celebration."
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The December Wars
37.  The December Wars by Albert J. Menendez
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  "Published by Prometheus Books, the major "skeptical" book house."
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Christianity: The Origins of a Pagan Religion
38.  Christianity: The Origins of a Pagan Religion by Philippe Walter
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  "A scholarly treatment."
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Solar Myths and Christian Festivals: The Pagan Origins of Christian Beliefs
39.  Solar Myths and Christian Festivals: The Pagan Origins of Christian Beliefs by Edward Carpenter
The list author says:
  "Part of a larger work, "Pagan and Christian Creeds.""
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The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas
40.  The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas by Caitlin Matthews
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  "A Theosophical perspective."
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