A Brief History of Christmas. Celebrating the Birth of Christ? What do birthday celebrations look like?. The Traditional Birthday Formula. Birthday boy or girl. Birthday guests. Birthday cake. Birthday candles. Birthday presents. Birthday invitations. Singing the “Happy Birthday” song.
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Singing the “Happy Birthday” song
We had invitations, guests, presents, cake, and singing
Leora’s and Micaiah’s birthdays have been historically celebrated by their families as well
“The various customs with which people today celebrate their birthdays have a long history. Their origins lie in the realm of magic and religion. The customs of offering congratulations, presenting gifts and celebrating—complete with lighted candles—in ancient times were meant to protect the birthday celebrant from the demons and to ensure his security for the coming year. . . Down to the fourth century Christianity rejected the birthday celebration as a pagan custom.”
Schwäbische Zeitung (magazine supplement Zeit und Welt),
April 3/4, 1981, p. 4.
“The notion of a traditional “Birthday Formula”birthday festival was farfrom the ideas of the Christians of this period [the first three centuries] in general.”
The History of the Christian Religion and Church, During the Three First Centuries (New York, 1848), Augustus Neander (translated by Henry John Rose), p. 190.
“The Hebrews looked on the celebration of birthdays as a part of idolatrous worship, a view which would be abundantly confirmed by what they saw of the common observances associated with these days.”
The Imperial Bible-Dictionary (London, 1874), edited by Patrick Fairbairn, Vol. I, p. 225.
“The Greeks believed that everyone had a traditional “Birthday Formula”protective spirit or daemon who attended his birth and watched over him in life. This spirit had a mystic relation with the god on whose birthday the individual was born. The Romans also subscribed to this idea. This notion was carried down in human belief and is reflected in the guardian angel, the fairy godmother and the patron saint. The custom of lighted candles on the cakes started with the Greeks. Honey cakes round as the moon and lit with tapers were placed on the temple altars of [Artemis]. Birthday candles, in folk belief, are endowed with special magic for granting wishes. Lighted tapers and sacrificial fires have had a special mystic significance ever since man first set up altars to his gods. The birthday candles are thus an honor and tribute to the birthday child and bring good fortune. Birthday greetings and wishes for happiness are an intrinsic part of this holiday. Originally the idea was rooted in magic. Birthday greetings have power for good or ill because one is closer to the spirit world on this day.”
The Lore of Birthdays (New York, 1952), Ralph and Adelin Linton, pp. 8, 18-20.
“The early Christians did not celebrate His (Christ’s) birth because they considered the celebration of anyone’s birth to be a pagan custom.”
The World Book Encyclopedia: Volume 3, page 416.
We don’t follow the Birthday Formula
December 25th as Christ’s Birthday:
by the Catholic Church as Christ’s Mass- another
conversion of a pagan holiday)
So why was December the 25th a pagan holiday?
Tammuz as King of Babylon (Christ’s) birth because they considered the celebration of anyone’s birth to be a pagan custom.”
December 25th as Christ’s Birthday:
Isis as the Queen of Heaven
Tammuz as an infant
December 25 (Christ’s) birth because they considered the celebration of anyone’s birth to be a pagan custom.”th as Christ’s Birthday:
Here we come a-wassailingAmong the leaves so green,Here we come a-wassailing,So fair to be seen:
Love and joy come to you,And to you your wassail too,And God bless you and send you,A happy New Year,And God send you,A happy new year.
from Bacchus- the drunken festival of Babylon
The Roman fir tree symbolizing the god Baal-Berith (Lord of the Covenant or Lord of the Fir Tree)
The Egyptian palm-tree symbolizing the god Baal-Tamar (from the Babylonian god Tammuz)
The mother of Adonis (the son god) became an evergreen tree and then birthed him
The yule log goes in the fire on Mother’s Night and is replaced by the tree on Child’s Day
Adonis, birthed from his mother while she was in the form of an evergreen tree
He was called “Man the Branch”
Kissing under the mistletoe originated in Babylon and was written about by Daniel. The mistletoe is a representation of Nimrod (or Tammuz or Adonis).
Druidic Mistletoe Ritual
St. Nicholas of Myra
(Catholic saint, died c 346 at Myra)
The historical figure that Santa Claus was modeled after
The Coca-Cola Company is responsible for the current costume and colors of Santa Claus
1. The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ
2. Two turtledoves were the Old and New Testaments
3. Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love
4. The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke
5. The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five
books of the Old Testament
6. The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation
7. Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy
Spirit: Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution,
Leadership, and Mercy
8. The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes
9. Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love,
Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness,
and Self Control
10. The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments
11. The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples
12. The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of
belief in The Apostles' Creed