The Christmas tree, a Pagan Birthday offering to Nimrod and the sungods:
Let us read the Sacred texts in terms of what they say,
not what we have to superimpose on these texts.
We will come to this very distinct conclusion.
-Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)
“About the time of the End, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the [Biblical] Prophecies and insist upon their literal interpretation in the midst of much clamor and opposition.” Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
As the winter solstice approaches; it is time for me to write yet another warning to the church regarding it’s “in your face” pagan winter solstice celebrations in defiance of the clear condemnation by the Almighty in His Scriptures. Even the scripturally illiterate, with a little help, can determine the 9-month gestation period of women and begin with the service of Zechariah, the priest, serving in the Temple in the course of Aviyah [Luke, chapter 1]. The very clear evidence of Yahshua/Jesus birth at the Feast of Sukkot [Tabernacles] is simple to any person who is scripturally literate and who does not count man made traditions of more importance than Scriptural truth. Even a casual reading of such Biblical material leads to the immediate conclusion that, originally, “Christmas Trees” were not Christian but Pagan in origin and still are today. It wasn’t until the 16th Century that the Roman Catholic Church, the second Babylon, finally allowed this previous “pagan anathema” to be included in the celebration of the traditional pagan supposed Birth of Jesus on December 25th. Once again, the Roman Catholic Church had to cave in to the cultural paganized demands of its flock, just like in the Apollonius saga when they co-opted the Roman holiday commemorating the Birth of Sol Invicta Mithras [the victorious sun] on December 25th and made it the official Birth of ‘the Lord Jesus Christ’. At any rate, the tradition of a “Yule Tree” or “Solstice Tree” long pre-dated the time of “Jesus” and the Roman Catholic Church. There can be no doubt that their manufactured tree origin lies in a “pagan” remembrance of a time when there was a Cosmic Tree, a home of “Gods”, connected by a “Rainbow Bridge” to our “Northland Vigrid Plain”.
CHRISTMAS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BIRTH OF YESHUA, THE SAVIOR OF THE BIBLE!
In one article it is mentioned in the fact that the Estonians set fire to their early “Jol” [Yule] trees. Why might they have initiated such a custom? Possibly to depict the destruction/detethering of The Cosmic Tree in a fiery cataclysm, as happened during 762-687 BCE. The usurping ornament of the “Star of Bethlehem” atop our traditional Christmas tree would have originally represented the Planet Hyperborea atop the “tree trunk”. It is not surprising that many of these early legends originated in Northern Europe, where people would have had the most magnificent views of this “tree”. Coincidentally, Santa Claus as a representation of the Nordic deities, which lives at the North Pole! And serpent decorations were placed around these early trees, which are now represented by garlands of silver and gold or even popcorn strung in a serpentine pattern! Icicles represent the winter locale.
Also, according to Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky’s essay on The Night Sun and David Talbott’s video computer animation, there were “satellites” orbiting this “planet”. Perhaps the “72 Branches” of The Cosmic Tree (72 Archons? 72 Virgins?), i.e., the serpents in the hair of the Medusa, denote that these various planetoids and moons are, like Earth, also tethered electromagnetically to the Hyperborea brown-dwarf planet and move around their “parent object” in some sort of snake-like fashion. And it is furthermore interesting that most of the trees mentioned in THE CELESTIAL SHIP OF THE NORTH had fruit hanging from their branches — apples, peaches, figs, mulberries, sycamore balls, oak acorns, date clusters and so forth. By chance, all of these fruit are round like Christmas tree ornaments. The gold and silver balls represent the severed testicles of the Nephilim “sungods”.
THE ROMANS PUT THEIR BALLS ON THE TREE
The Romans celebrated a rite/festival of fertility that
involved a large fir tree as the central focus.
During the excesses and orgies that followed, some zealots became
so frenzied that they emasculated (castrated) themselves, and
hung the resulting ‘baubles’ (testicles) on the tree… hence
Christmas balls. The Greeks and other pagan cultures also practiced this nauseating practice. Our gold and silver ball ornaments hung on Christmas Trees are the same symbols placed there in blissful ignorance, even in almost all churches. What part of this would you not understand, Christian?
Worship of Cybele and Attis- A pine tree would be cut down, and would have the base bathed in blood. It would be carried through Rome and put in from of the Temple and DECORATED (flowers for the most part, but also colorful strips of cloth and small toys).
On the 24th of December, would be the day of the new priests removing their manhood, hence the Day of Blood [castration for Tammuz]. Roman Catholic unscriptural celibacy accomplishes the same purpose to serve the same false deity.
Odin was a sort of shaman. He was the All-Father, the Father of war, and god of the hanged. He lived in Valhalla. In his honour, men – especially defeated enemies -were stabbed or speared as they hung
on a tree.
…At Christmas we erect the death-tree of Odin and decorate it
with lights and trinkets! In olden times it would be decorated with
the skulls of human sacrifices.
Pine trees were sacred to many antichrist gods including Attis,
who died under one and whose spirit transferred itself into that tree.
The Phrygians worshipped above all the pine tree and ivy, and the
priests of Attis had ivy tattoos upon their bodies.
In GREECE, Dionysus, or Bacchus, was a god of wine and the pine
tree was sacred to him.
The Delphic Oracle commanded the Corinthians to worship the pine
tree “equally with the God”. .
In EGYPT, the tree was a representation of Osiris and, as Baal-
Tamar, denoted the satanic messiah.
Osiris was a tree spirit, and in a ceremony described by Firmicus
Maternus, he is especially associated with the pine tree, for that tree
was cut down and hollowed out to receive an image of the god.
The legend of Osiris tells how he was killed by his wicked brother,
Set, and eventually became incorporated into a tree.
December 25th was the birthday of the sun god, Nimrod.
The son of Iris (Egyptian name for “Queen of Heaven”) was born December 25th.
“December 25th – not only was Mithras, the sun-god of Mithraism, said to be born at this time of the year, but Osiris, Horus, Hercules, Bacchus, Adonis, Jupiter, Tammuz, and other sun-gods were also supposedly born at what is today called the “Christmas” season, the winter solstice!
– Doane, p.474; – “The Two Babylon’s; Alexander Hislop, p.93.
From the HEATHEN celebration of December 25th, as the birthday of Sol Invicta, the SUN GOD!
Horus was born on December 25th of the virgin Isis-MERI.
Attis of Phyrigia, wearer of the Phrygian cap [Santa’s cap] was born of the virgin Nana on December 25th.
Dionysus of Greece, born of a virgin on December 25th.
Where did Santa come from?
Nearly all Santa researchers agree that some traits of Santa were borrowed from Norse [Scandinavian] mythology.
Encyclopedia Britannica describes the role of Nordic mythology in the life of Santa:
Sinterklaas was adopted by the country’s English-speaking majority under the name Santa Claus, and his legend of a kindly old man was united with old Nordic folktales of A MAGICIAN (WIZARD, WARLOCK, WITCH, SORCERER) who punished naughty children and rewarded good children with presents. (“Santa Claus” Encyclopaedia Britannica 99)
Some Santa researchers associate Santa with THE NORSE “GOD” OF ODIN OR WODEN. Crichton describes Odin as riding through the sky on an eight-legged, white horse name Sleipnir. (Santa originally had eight reindeers, Rudolph was number nine). Odin lived in Valhalla (the North) and had a long white beard. Odin would fly through the sky during the winter solstice (December 21-25) rewarding the good children and punishing the naughty. (Crichton, Robin. Who is Santa Claus? The Truth behind a Living Legend; Bath: The Bath Press, 1987, pp. 55-56)
Mythologist Helene Adeline Guerber presents a very convincing case tracing Santa to the NORSE GOD THOR in Myths of Northern Lands:
THOR was the god of the peasants and the common people. He was represented as an elderly man, jovial and friendly, of heavy build, with a long white beard. His element was the fire, his color red. The rumble and roar of thunder were said to be caused by the rolling of his chariot, for he alone among the gods never rode on horseback but drove in a chariot drawn by two white goats (called Cracker and Gnasher). He was fighting the giants of ice and snow, and thus became the Yule-god. He was said to live in the “Northland” where he had his palace among icebergs. Our PAGAN forefathers considered him as the cheerful and friendly god, never harming the humans but rather helping and protecting them. The fireplace in every home was especially sacred to him, and he was said to come down through the chimney into his element, the fire. (Guerber, H.A.; Myths of Northern Lands; New York: American Book Company, 1895, p. 61)
In the Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs, author Francis Weiser TRACES THE ORIGIN OF SANTA TO THOR: “Behind the name Santa Claus actually stands the figure of the pagan Germanic god Thor.” (Weiser, Francis X. Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1952, p. 113)
In certain German children’s games, the SAINT NICHOLAS FIGURE ITSELF IS THE DARK HELPER, A DEVIL WHO WANTS TO PUNISH CHILDREN… (Renterghem, Tony van; When Santa Was a Shaman; St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1995, p. 105)
Thus, in parts of Europe, the Church turned Herne into SAINT NICHOLAS’ captive, chained DARK HELPER, NONE OTHER THAN SATAN, THE DARK ONE, SYMBOLIC OF ALL EVIL.. (Renterghem, Tony van; When Santa Was a Shaman; St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1995, p. 97
NICHOLAS IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON DEVIL’S NAMES in German, a name that remains today when SATAN IS REFERRED AS OLD NICK. (Siefker, Phyllis. Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997, p. 69)
Actor Adam Sandler and New Line Studios are obviously aware NICK IS AN ALIAS FOR SATAN. THEIR MOVIE LITTLE NICKY IS ABOUT THE SON OF SATAN NAMED LITTLE NICKY.
In these plays, the devil’s common entry line, known as the “devil’s bluster,” was “Ho! Ho! Hoh!” (Siefker, Phyllis. Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997, p. 69
Author Tony Renterghem, concludes his extensive research into the origin of Santa with the following statement:
I can only conclude that the original ancestor of our modern Santa Claus is none other than the mythological Dark Helper-a faint memory of Herne/Pan, the ancient shamanic nature spirit of the Olde Religion. (Renterghem, Tony van; When Santa Was a Shaman; St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 1995, p. 93)
The fact is that Santa and Satan are alter egos, brothers; they have the same origin . . . On the surface, the two figures are polar opposites, but underneath they share the same parent, and both retain many of the old symbols associated with their “father” . . . From these two paths, he arrived at both the warmth of our fireplace and in the flames of hell. (Siefker, Phyllis. Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1997, p. 6)
MUSLIMS HAVE LONG PRACTICED IN THE OCCULT and THE REARRANGING OF LETTERS, CALLED ANAGRAMS TO HIDE SECRET NAMES OR WORDS. The Jewish Encyclopedia writes of the Jewish occult book called the Cabala:
The golden age for anagrams began with the Cabala. The Platonists had strange notions as to the influence of anagrammatic virtues, particularly of anagrams evolved from names of persons. It is not surprising, therefore, that the cabalists, like all the Neoplatonists, pretended to discover occult qualities in proper names and in their anagrams. (www.jewishencyclopedia.com)
One of the most well known anagrams in the occult world is the name of Sanat Kumara. Sanat [Tanas reversed!] is better known as Satan. Raja reversed in Arabic means a deceiver, expressed as “a Jar”. Constance Cumbey, writes in her best-selling, new-age expose, The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, “. . . they [New Agers] freely call Sanat Kumara (Satan) ‘God’. And their doctrinal reference books by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and Alice Ann Bailey freely cross-reference Sanat Kumara with Venus. In occult writings, Lucifer and Venus are one and the same.”
(Constance Cumbey, The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, p. 13)
(H.P. Blavatsky, the Satanist and new age teacher writes in The Secret Doctrine:
“many a mysterious sacred name . . . conveys to the profane ear no more than some ordinary, and often vulgar [common] word, because it is concealed anagrammatically or otherwise.” (H.P. Blavatsky, the Secret Doctrine, Vol II, p. 7, like S-A-N-T-A?)
Blavatsky also writes, the name is not important – but the letters.
“The name isn’t important. It is the letters.”
(H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, Vol II, p. 350)
The famous anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss writes in his popular analysis of “Father Christmas”.
Father Christmas is dressed in scarlet: he is a king. His white beard, his furs and his boots, the sleigh in which he travels evoke winter. He is called “Father” and he is an old man, thus he incarnates the benevolent form of the authority of the ancients.
In other words, Father Christmas is supposed to be God incarnate.
Levi-Strauss goes on to write that CHILDREN BELIEVE IN HIM, PAYING HOMAGE TO HIM WITH LETTERS AND PRAYERS.
What about Kriss Kringle?
And there is the seemingly innocent, friendly, jingle-jangle name of Kriss Kringle.
By far, the name Kriss Kringle is the most blasphemous. With Kriss, Satan slowly removes the mask. There is no doubt about the intentions of “Kriss Kringle”.
Believe it or not; Kriss Kringle is German for “little Christ Child”.
KRISS KRINGLE is a US name for SANTA CLAUS derived from the German CHRISTKINDL (little CHRIST CHILD).
(Brewer’s Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Phrase and Fable, p. 334)
Santa Claus or Kriss Kringle is secretly supposed to be the counterfeit “Christ Child”!
His head and his hairs [his beard] were white like wool, as white as SNOW . . .
A perfect description of . . . Guess Who?
Who’s got a beard that’s long and white
Santa’s got a beard that’s long and white
Must be Santa Must be Santa
Must be Santa, Santa Clause
It is also descriptive of. . . The Lord Jesus Christ in Revelation 1.
What was the origin of the Christmas tree? As much as I would like to embrace as fact the oft- quoted story that Martin Luther was the first to set up a Christmas tree (or at least a lighted one), I cannot — for the story is pure legend. Many years of intensive Luther scholarship has turned up nothing to support it. There is scholarly consensus, however, that the Christmas tree originated in Germany. Indeed, the earliest record of an evergreen tree being used and decorated (but without lights) for Christmas is 1521 in the German region of Alsace. Another useful description has been found among the notes of an unknown resident of Strasbourg in 1605, who writes that “At Christmas they set up fir trees in the parlors at Strasbourg and hang thereon roses cut of many- colored paper, apples, wafers, gold-foil, sweets . . .” Some fifty years later (about 1650) the great Lutheran theologian Johann Dannhauer wrote in his The Milk of the Catechism that “the Christmas or fir tree, which people set up in their houses, hang with dolls and sweets, and afterwards shake and deflower. . . Whence comes this custom I know not; it is child’s play . . . Far better were it to point the children to the spiritual cedar-tree, Jesus Christ.”
Several conclusions can be gleaned from these quotations. First, we are told some of the items with which the first Christmas trees were decorated: paper roses, apples, Communion wafers, gold, foil, sweets, and dolls. Second, even in 1650 a noted scholar like Dannhauer did not know the origin of Christmas trees. Third, not all Christians approved of these trees, even in the beginning. Fourth, the first Christmas trees, as far as we know, did not have lights. According to Weiser, the first mention of lights (candles) on a Christmas tree is in the seventeenth century.
From the mid-seventeenth century on the Christmas tree slowly grew in popularity and use. However, it was not until the beginning of the 19th century that the use of the Christmas tree grew into the general German custom that it is today. Also at this time it spread to the Slavic people of Eastern Europe. The Christmas tree was probably first used in America about 1700 when the first wave of German immigration settled in western Pennsylvania. During the War of Independence, Hessian soldiers supposedly set up Christmas trees. It is widely held that the Christmas tree was first introduced into France in 1837 when Princess Helen of Mecklenburg brought it to Paris after her marriage to the Duke of Orleans. The Christmas tree made its royal debut in England when Prince Albert of Saxony, the husband of Queen Victoria, set up a tree in Windsor Castle in 1841. After this it grew in popularity, though in 1850 Charles Dickens was still referring to it as a “new German toy.” But from where did Christians get the idea of the Christmas tree? Was it a new idea or was there a historical custom upon which they were building?
Karas has amply demonstrated that evergreens have been a symbol of rebirth from ancient times. Bringing greenery into one’s home; often at the time of the winter solstice; symbolized life in the midst of death in many cultures. The Romans decked their homes with evergreens and other greenery during the Kalends of January. Living trees were also brought into homes during the old German feast of Yule, which originally was a two-month feast beginning in November. The Yule tree was planted in a tub and brought into the home. However, the evidence just does not exist which shows that Christians first used trees at Christmas as a symbol of rebirth, nor that the Christmas tree was a direct descendent of the Yule tree. On the contrary, the evidence that we have points in another direction. The Christmas tree appears to be a descendent of the Paradise tree and the Christmas light of the late time of the Middle Ages.
From the eleventh century, religious plays called “mystery plays” became quite popular throughout Europe. These plays were performed outdoors and in churches. One of the most prevalent of these plays was the “Paradise play.” The play depicted the story of the creation of Adam and Eve, their sin, and their banishment from Paradise. The play would end with the promise of the coming Savior and His Incarnation (cf. Gen. 3:15). The Paradise play was simple by today’s standards. The only prop on stage was the “Paradise tree,” a fir tree adorned with apples. From this tree, at the appropriate time in the play, Eve would take the fruit, eat it, and give it to Adam.
Because of abuses that crept into the mystery plays (i.e., immoral behavior), the Church forbade these plays during the fifteenth century. The people had grown so accustomed to the Paradise tree, however, that they began putting their own Paradise tree up in their homes on Dec. 24. They did so on Dec. 24 because this was the feast day of Adam and Eve (at least in the Eastern Church). The Paradise tree, as it had in the Paradise plays, symbolized both a tree of sin and a tree of life. For this reason, the people would decorate these trees with apples (representing the fruit of sin) and homemade wafers (like communion wafers which represented the fruit of life). Later, candy and sweets were added.
Another custom was to be found in the homes of Christians on Dec. 24 since the late Middle Ages. A large candle called the “Christmas light,” symbolizing Christ, who is the light of the world, was lit on Christmas Eve. In western Germany, many smaller candles were set upon a wooden pyramid and lit. Besides the candles, other objects such as glass balls, tinsel, and the “star of Bethlehem” were placed on its top.
Though we cannot be certain, it seems highly likely that the first Christmas trees that appeared in Germany in the early sixteenth century were descendants of both of these customs: the Paradise tree and the Christmas pyramids and lights. The Paradise tree became our Christmas tree. Decorations that had been placed on the pyramids were transferred to the Christmas tree. For many Christians the Christmas tree still retains the symbolism of the Paradise tree. The tree reminds us of the tree in Eden by which Adam and Eve were overcome and which thrust them into sin. But more importantly, the tree reminds us of the tree by which our sin was overcome, namely the tree upon which Christ Jesus was crucified. Is it a stretch to refer to the cross as a tree? Hardly, for this is the language of the New Testament itself! For example, Paul writes in Galatians 3:13, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree” (quoting Deut. 21:23). Why would we hang something on a tree if it is symbolized as “Cursed?” And Peter writes, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”
Some other interesting facts about the Christmas tree, some of which I haven’t yet substantiated from the sources (so use at your own risk!) are:
- The first retail Christmas stand was set up by Mark Carr in New York City in 1851;
- Franklin Pierce was the first president to introduce the Christmas tree to the White House in 1856 for a group of Washington Sunday School children;
- The first lighted Christmas tree in public was in Boston in 1912; 19
- President Calvin Coolidge lighted the first national Christmas tree in the year 1923 on the White House lawn.
The answer is somewhat surprising. While this custom was uniquely Christian in America and observed on December 24, it had little to do with the celebration of Christ’s nativity. On the old Christian Calendar, Dec. 24 was the feast day of Adam and Eve. During the Middle Ages bible stories were often taught to the masses using miracle plays. The actors needed a prop to symbolize the tree of temptation. An evergreen tree was the logical choice for a lush garden tree on this winter festival, and it was decorated with apples symbolizing the forbidden fruit. People gradually began to set up a “Paradise tree” in their homes on Christmas Eve often with little figurines of Adam and Eve and the serpent beneath it. Here we have found at last what seems to be the uniquely Christian origin of what became the Christmas tree. Gradually, flat wafers symbolizing the forgiveness of sins in communion were added to the paradise tree making it now not just the tree of knowledge but the tree of life. Paper Roses were later added symbolizing the Virgin Mary. In some areas the custom was to hang the tree upside down. In addition to the paradise tree, many German Christians set up a Christmas Pyramid called a Lichstock, This was an open wooden frame with shelves for figurines of the Nativity covered with evergreen branches and decorated with candy, pastry, candles, and a star. The star of course was the star of Bethlehem; the candles represented the light of Christ coming into the world, the evergreens were the symbol of eternal life, and the candy, fruits, and pastries, the goodness of our life in Christ, the fruits of the spirit, etc. By the seventeenth century the Lichstock and the “Paradise Tree” became merged into the modern Christmas tree.
Christmas trees continued to grow in popularity during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries particularly among Lutherans. The Catholic Church had historically tried to ban the festive use of evergreens by Christians, no doubt because of the pagan associations with the pre-Christian use of evergreens. Naturally, Lutherans wanted to claim the custom of the Christmas tree as their own, and emerging as it did in Germany during the time of the reformation such an association was not too much of a stretch. In 1845, C. A. Schwerdgeburth painted Luther and his family seated around a shining, candle-covered Christmas tree in 1536. Legend has it that Luther admiring the starry sky one Christmas Eve was inspired to put candles on an evergreen to teach his young son about Jesus being the light of the world. Everyone other then Lutherans believes this is just a legend. The symbolism of the Christmas tree does capture many of Luther’s favorite Christmas themes about light coming into the darkness, the glory of creation and redemption, etc. Also, Luther did uphold the use of symbols to teach the young. The legend about Luther certainly isn’t out of character for the great reformer.
OK, perhaps we cannot trace the Christmas tree to Luther. Nonetheless, we have seen that our Christmas tree has a uniquely Christian history, whose origin is separate and distinct from the pagan uses of evergreens during this paganized season. Even though the tradition of using the Christmas tree is so well known now, its exact origin is uncertain. The decorating of a tree during the winter can be traced back to the ancient Druids, who centered their winter solstice celebrations on the sacred oak. These oaks were left standing where they were growing and decorated with candles and apples. In England, the first documented Christmas tree went up in 1841. Prince Albert (originally from Germany), husband of Queen Victoria, set up a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle in England. It soon became very popular, and for Victorians, a good Christmas tree had to be six branches tall and be placed on a table covered with a white damask tablecloth. Often a cloth was placed over the bricks or wooden contraption holding the tree up. It was decorated with garlands, candies and paper flowers.
Interestingly enough, the first documented Christmas tree in North America was erected way before that. In 1747, in the Moravian community of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a wooden pyramid was covered with boughs of fir, and was decorated with candles and apples. The first settlers of New England were Puritans, and forbade any Christmas trees to be erected, as it was considered to be sinful to subscribe to any practice not specifically mentioned in the Bible (such as eating potatoes). By 1659, it was necessary to level fines on the masses of non-Puritans who now infiltrated that part of the country. Anyone caught celebrating Christmas would be fined 15 cents. As a result, New England remained essentially Christmas-less until late in the 19th century. In other parts of America (populated by the carousing Anglicans), Christmas celebrations ensued and occasionally included a Christmas tree. Most of the very early trees were tiny. These table-toppers were often decorated with gingerbread, pretzels, gilded nuts, strings of raisins and lumps of marzipan. The predominance of edibles was of particular interest to the children. They were also known as “Sugartrees.”
Early holidaymakers were much less selective about their trees than they are today. Mainly deciduous trees were cut. The best tree was the one that was readily available and considered expendable. A three-foot tall tree would usually suffice, and it would be dragged home and covered with cotton wool to simulate snow. It is quite a stretch from the cultivated and sheared trees of today. In areas that had conifers, conifers were popular. It was as simple as that. By the 19th century, with the miracle of advanced trade routes, the conifer was the tree of choice, wherever you were in the U.S.A.
But let us move onto Canada, where this tradition was also most firmly planted by a German. In 1781, General Von Reidesel planted the first Christmas tree on Quebec soil at Sorel. This custom spread rapidly in the Victorian period although it was limited to the middle classes. After 1920, the practice began to appear in large cities. In rural Canada, however, the decorated tree did not become a familiar sight until the 1930s.
Between 1850 and 1900 is when most of the changes to the Christmas tree ideal changed, along, it seems, with so much else in the world. As the trees became more popular, they also became bigger. This usually made it difficult to stand them up. Usually wood was nailed to the bottom, or the trunk was planted in a pot with rocks and dirt. The biggest change came with the Christmas tree stand, first patented in 1876, but not accessible to the masses at a reasonable price until as late as 1920.
In the 1870’s the most popular Christmas tree was the fragrant cedar. It lost its foliage indoors quickly, and so was replaced briefly by the Hemlock, which was flimsy and would not hold much in the way of ornament or food items on its branches. Pines and spruces followed, but by 1900 all these were ousted by the balsam fir. This tree remains the favorite tree of the eastern seaboard provinces and states. The larger the tree, the more decorations were required. Before 1850, they were generally homemade, but during the mid-19th century, business in ornaments skyrocketed. The first commercial ornaments were glass icicles and balls, arriving from Germany in the 1850’s. Soon almost anything could be made into miniature and hung from a tree; wax cherubs, brass musical instruments, cardboard cutouts of animals, paper flowers, cornucopias, and tiny silk pillows with uplifting mottoes embroidered upon them.
In 1878 silver tinsel was invented, using a centuries old French process formerly used for putting glitter on military uniforms. By the 1920’s, tinsel was made exclusively from lead. It was cheaper and hung straighter (lead tinsel was banned in the 1960’s; tinsel is now made of plastic). Trees were often disastrously lit with candles, often with colorful glass lanterns, but as soon as technology allowed, the first electric Christmas tree appeared. In 1882, Thomas Edison’s lab assistants strung a tree with hand-blown light bulbs.
It was also about this time that the first artificial trees were introduced. In 1885 a thirty-three-limb tree could be mail ordered from Sears, Roebuck, and Company for the price of 50 cents. Times have changed. Artificial trees are much more expensive now, but there’s actually a lot more at stake than your bank account.
If a real tree was preferred, the balsam fir was still available and most popular. It retained its lead until the depression of the 1930’s, when the Scots pine overtook it. Nowadays it is the tree most commonly cultivated in Christmas tree plantations in eastern North America.mThe Scots pine briefly lost the lead in the 1960’s to the Douglas fir, which is now the most popular tree only in the west, which makes up a very small portion of the total market. In California, the Monterey pine is most popular. In the Deep South, the white pine is most prevalent, while New England, which now allows Christmas trees, largely uses Balsam Fir, white fir or white spruce.
But what does Scripture say? The Christianettes will say to you, “That is not what it means to me!” It does not matter what it means to you. I do not worship you or your self established doctrine! Scripture does not agree with your doctrine, traditions or your opinions.
Scripture says this:
(Jeremiah 10:1) Hear the word Adonai speaks to you, house of Isra’el!
(Jeremiah 10:2) Here is what Adonai says: “Don’t learn the way of the Goyim, don’t be frightened by astrological signs, even if the Goyim are afraid of them;
(Jeremiah 10:3) for the customs of the peoples are nothing. They cut down a tree in the forest; a craftsman works it with his axe;
(Jeremiah 10:4) they deck it with silver and gold. They fix it with hammer and nails, so that it won’t move.
(Jeremiah 10:5) Like a scarecrow in a cucumber patch, it cannot speak. It has to be carried, because it cannot walk. Do not be afraid of it — it can do nothing bad; likewise it is unable to do anything good!”
(Jeremiah 10:6) There is no one like you, Adonai! You are great, and your name is great and mighty.
(Jeremiah 16:19) Adonai, my strength, my fortress, my refuge in time of trouble, the nations will come to you from the ends of the earth, saying, “Our ancestors inherited nothing but lies, futile idols, completely useless.”
From the B’rit Chadashah [New Testament]:
(2 Peter 3:16) Indeed, he [Paul] speaks about these things in all his letters. They contain some things that are hard to understand, things, which the uninstructed and unstable distort, to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
(2 Peter 3:17) But you, dear friends, since you know this in advance, guard yourselves; so that you will not be led away by the errors of the wicked and fall from your own secure position.
The Christmas tree, then, is about setting up an idol in your home and then lying about its meaning and source while watching your children bowing down before it at sunrise on the winter solstice and then receiving their gifts from a figure that you have lied to them about as to who he really is! To cover up when they become older and wiser; you lie again and say that Santa [Satan] does not exist; but he does exist. You pass on inherited lies to another deceived generation. WHY?
The only one who benefits from this defiant charade against Yahshua/Jesus birth is the enemy of your souls. Do you then deliver your disappointed children into his kingdom through your own deceit and false tales described in this article? I was suckered as a child by this pagan story as were millions of other innocents.
You may say, “Well, we do not do all this stuff; but we tell our children the “Christmas story” from Luke, chapter 1 about Jesus birth on December 25th.” It is still a misleading tale because Jesus/Yahshua was not born on December 25th, nor were there 3 wise men at the manger [Sukkah]. They visited him at his house when he was about the age of 2 years. A lie is a lie in the Almighty’s sight. Children that are performing in a church Christmas pageant as a church “outreach” in December are spreading and perpetuating what is a lie formed in the Middle Ages from ancient pagan, satanic rotten roots. Instead of leading the unchurched into Biblical truth, they are being led away from it into false Bubbe Mysehs [pagan legends] by these religiously led plays promoting pabulum poisoned food. It is no wonder, then, that “salvations” resulting from this process bear little fruit and produce multitudes of “Stillborn Christians”. See my book on this subject.
If Christians UNDERSTOOD the Biblical FEASTS of the Almighty, Yahweh, and practiced them as the Bible commands us to do [ACT]; then all of these satanic holiday bunny trails would become irrelevant and disappear into the dust bin of bad history where they belong! Blessings result from obedience to the Almighty’s written Word in the Holy and Beloved Name of Yeshua/Jesus, in whose Name we now do dedicate, this short study.
Messianic Rabbi James and Erlene Talbott, from the wilderness.
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