Steve Coerper (6 Dec 2010)

Did some research on the origins of Christmas:
By the Middle Ages, Christianity had, for the most part, replaced pagan religion. On Christmas, believers attended church, then celebrated raucously in a drunken, carnival-like atmosphere similar to today's Mardi Gras. Each year, a beggar or student would be crowned the "lord of misrule" and eager celebrants played the part of his subjects. The poor would go to the houses of the rich and demand their best food and drink. If owners failed to comply, their visitors would most likely terrorize them with mischief.
Synchretism does not please the Lord.  This very much appears to me to be a "Christian" veneer on an essentially pagan and Christ-dishonoring activity.   We are commanded to look forward to the return of Christ; nowhere told to look backward to Jesus' baby pictures, celebrate His birthday (birthday celebrations also touched on briefly supra) or have anything to do with pagan celebrations.  We have the feasts of the Lord (which we generally ignore, to our shame) and simply do not need paganism.
Make up your own mind, of course, and follow your own conscience.  But be sensitive to the other side of this.  I believe the bad guys are using it to cause strife among the followers of Christ.
And also distress.  The "Christmas" season is unarguably one of the most stressful times of the year for many, especially when coupled with January when the credit card statements come in and many realize they have over-spent ... again.
This picture really says it all:  Semiramis and Tammuz.  No, thanks.

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