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IS CHRISTMAS PAGAN? CHRISTIANS AGAINST CHRISTMAS

Steven H Propp
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
Unwrapping of Christmas
"Narrated by Caryl Matrisciana, includes commentary by Chuck Smith, Hal Lindsey, and others. (Copied from earlier VHS release.)"
Truth or Tradition: A Closer Look At Christmas and Easter
Truth or Tradition: A Closer Look At Christmas and Easter
"Staley (who pastors a large, contemporary congregation) advocates celebrating the Jewish feast days."
Jesus Is NOT The Reason For The Season
Jesus Is NOT The Reason For The Season
"She writes, "I realize that many of you believe that God has 'cleaned up' and 'cleared out' the paganism. Not so, my Friend.""
The Plain Truth About Christmas
The Plain Truth About Christmas
"Armstrong's major booklet on the subject. Also see "Christmas: The Untold Story," and "Pagan Holidays or God's Holy Days- Which?""
Is Christmas Christian?
Is Christmas Christian?
"A "Christian Identity" (i.e., Anglo-Israel) preacher."
Regulative Principle of Worship and Christmas
Regulative Principle of Worship and Christmas
"The best "theological" critique, based on traditional Reformed principles."
The Truth About Christmas
The Truth About Christmas
Christmas; the Lie That Everybody Loves
Christmas; the Lie That Everybody Loves
Pagan Traditions: The Origins of Easter, Christmas and Halloween
Pagan Traditions: The Origins of Easter, Christmas and Halloween
"A radio show host; not entirely "against.""
Holy Days and Holidays: The Truth About the Sabbath, Easter and Christmas
Holy Days and Holidays: The Truth About the Sabbath, Easter and Christmas
"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.)"
Christmas, Easter, and Hallowen
Christmas, Easter, and Hallowen
"Critical of all three celebrations."
Occult Holidays or God's Holy Days - Which?
Occult Holidays or God's Holy Days - Which?
"He is associated with the (former) Worldwide Church of God, under Herbert Armstrong. (Most critical of Halloween.)"
What Does the Bible Really Teach?
What Does the Bible Really Teach?
"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."
Is Christmas Christian?
Is Christmas Christian?
"Another Reformed (Presbyterian) perspective; short but succinct."
About Christmas! About Truth! It's Time to Tell!
About Christmas! About Truth! It's Time to Tell!
Christmas-keeping and the Reformed faith: A response to Professor David J. Engelsma
Christmas-keeping and the Reformed faith: A response to Professor David J. Engelsma
A Christian perspective of Hallowe'en, Easter and Christmas-- in the light of God's word
A Christian perspective of Hallowe'en, Easter and Christmas-- in the light of God's word
The Truth About Christmas
The Truth About Christmas
"Booker is leader of a Messianic Jewish congregation."
Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Observe?
Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Observe?
"By an offshoot of Armstrong's Worldwide Church of God."
Santa Claus, Jesus, the Duel: Jesus v/s Santa
Santa Claus, Jesus, the Duel: Jesus v/s Santa
"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)."
The True Lie About Christmas
The True Lie About Christmas
"A Youth Pastor's rejection of Santa Claus, rather than the Christmas celebration itself."
Santa Claus: The Big, Fat Lie! - Learn What Scripture Teaches About This Christmas Spirit
Santa Claus: The Big, Fat Lie! - Learn What Scripture Teaches About This Christmas Spirit
"The author describes herself as "a former student of Bible languages and Bible teacher for many years.""
The Two Babylons (Cosimo Classics, Religion + Spirituality)
The Two Babylons (Cosimo Classics, Religion + Spirituality)
"See the chapter, "Christ-mass and Lady-Day.""
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)
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)
"Gillespie was a 17th century Scottish theologian."
The Church of Christ: Volume One
The Church of Christ: Volume One
"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.""
Fossilized Customs 12th Edition
Fossilized Customs 12th Edition
"Asserts the "pagan origins of Christmas, Easter, Sun-day, the Roman calendar, bells, steeples, obelisks, and much more.""
The Pagan-Christian Connection Exposed with DVD
The Pagan-Christian Connection Exposed with DVD
"An Israeli Jewish scholar "explodes the long-held traditions of Christmas, Easter, and Lent.""
Pagan Holidays (Walk in the Light)
Pagan Holidays (Walk in the Light)
"This book "examines traditional religious holidays in the light of the Scriptural Appointed Times.""
Too Long In The Sun
Too Long In The Sun
"About worship of the sun in the Chaldean, Assyrian, Babylonian, Greco-Roman, and Medo-Persian cultures, and its influence on Christian holidays."
The Torah Calendar: Yhwh's Days Of Worship
The Torah Calendar: Yhwh's Days Of Worship
"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.""
Come Out of Her My People
Come Out of Her My People
"Argues for rejecting nonbiblical traditions."
The true origin behind Christmas: A series of questions and answers
The true origin behind Christmas: A series of questions and answers
"Ms. Wilde is a Mormon "fundamentalist.""
What Christmas Means to Me
What Christmas Means to Me
"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.""
Our Pagan Christmas
Our Pagan Christmas
"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.")"
The Atheist's Guide to Christmas
The Atheist's Guide to Christmas
"Contributions in favor of the SECULAR celebration of the holiday from atheist scientists, comedians, philosophers and writers."
The Trouble with Christmas
The Trouble with Christmas
"Perhaps the best "secular" critique of the celebration."
The December Wars
The December Wars
"Published by Prometheus Books, the major "skeptical" book house."
Christianity: The Origins of a Pagan Religion
Christianity: The Origins of a Pagan Religion
"A scholarly treatment."
Solar Myths and Christian Festivals: The Pagan Origins of Christian Beliefs
Solar Myths and Christian Festivals: The Pagan Origins of Christian Beliefs
"Part of a larger work, "Pagan and Christian Creeds.""
The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas
The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas
"A Theosophical perspective."