The Bible Answers Short Questions From Our Readers
Plain Truth Staff
Does Christmas really celebrate Christ's birthday?
Many readers have asked us: "Was Christ really born on December 25th?" And: "Did Paul and the other apostles — and the early New Testament Church — celebrate Christmas?" Others have asked: "What is the origin of the Christmas tree — of 'Santa Claus' — of the mistletoe and the holly-wreath?" Most people have grown up practicing Christmas customs, taking them for granted as Christian — but never questioning WHY! It is time we learned the FACTS! The holiday now called "Christmas" is rooted in pagan antiquity. It was celebrated by pagan Egyptians, Babylonians, and Assyrians 2000 years before Christ was born. Yet Christmas was not celebrated in Jerusalem — where Christ founded the inspired New Testament Church — until 385 A.D., over three centuries after the true Church fled from Jerusalem! Why? Did you know that the pagan Romans long before the birth of Christ called December 25 the Brumalia, or birthday of the new-sun after the winter solstice? Christmas was originally celebrated in honor of the pagan false messiah. It was IDOLATRY! Everyone of these FACTS you can find in the leading Encyclopaedias, in your public libraries! Though the Bible is silent about telling us to observe Christmas, or recording any such observance by the apostles or the early true Church, it does have something to say about the CHRISTMAS TREE! Yes, it's time you learned the TRUTH about Christmas! You can have the astonishing FACTS about the origin and history of Christmas — how it crept into the Christian-professing world — how the custom of trading gifts with one another commenced, instead of giving gifts to Christ — all these FACTS and many others are now available for you in our FREE 16-page booklet, "The PLAIN TRUTH about CHRISTMAS!" No other booklet makes the truth about Christmas so simple, so plain, so intriguingly interesting. WRITE immediately for your free copy of "The PLAIN TRUTH about CHRISTMAS!" Don't delay. Write your letter for this amazing booklet before you read another article!