What Does Christmas Have To Do With Yahusha?
Christmas is a very popular holiday. However, as is often the case, what is popular is not always right, and what is right is not always popular. “Christmas” is short for “Christ mass”, or “mass for Christ” [in Classical Latin “mass” refers to the dismissal/death].
The name of the holiday is much newer than the holiday itself.
The customs associated with Christmas, in one form or another, have been celebrated for thousands of years before Yahusha was even born!. “Christmas” is just a new name for an old Pagan holiday. Now Christmas is supposedly a celebration of the birth of Yahusha … but is it really?
What do Santa Claus, reindeer, and the North Pole have to do with Yahusha [“Christ” which means “Anointed (One)”]?
Santa or Satan?
Santa has been given the attributes of YaHuWaH [our Father who art in the Heavens], and is presented as a “god”- like figure to children all over the world:
Eternal: Santa is as old as man, he has always been, and he will always be. Santa is eternal. Yahusha The Word of YaHuWaH made flesh is eternal (Revelation 1:8)
Flying and Gifts: Santa goes into the air and gives gifts. Yahusha ascends on high and gives gifts (Ephesians 4:7-8)
Coming Soon: Santa shall descend from the sky. Yahusha “shall descend” from the sky (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
Rewarding works: Santa gives his gifts according to whether you are good or bad. YaHuWaH gives His gifts according to whether you are good or bad (Revelation 20:12-13)
All Seeing: Santa sees you when you are sleeping, and knows when you’re awake. YaHuWaH sees you when you are sleeping, and knows when you’re awake (Proverbs 5:21)
Clothing: Santa wears red clothes. Yahusha will wear red clothes (Revelation 19:13)
Hair: Santa has hair white as snow. YaHuWaH of hosts has hair “white as snow” (Revelation 1:14, Daniel 7:9)
Entering: Santa can come in although the doors are shut. Yahusha can come in although the doors are shut (John 20:19)
Home: Santa’s city is in the North Pole. YaHuWaH’s city is in “the sides of the North” (Psalm 48:1-2, Leviticus 1:11)
Omniscient (all-knowing): Santa knows if you’ve been good or bad. YaHuWaH of hosts knows if you’ve been good or bad (Proverbs 15:3)
Omnipresence (everywhere at one time): Santa can be in one billion homes in a 24 hour period; that is eleven hundred and fifty-seven homes per second, virtually omnipresent. YaHuWaH of hosts is omnipresent (Matthew 18:20)
Omnipotent (all-powerful): Santa is powerful enough to carry presents for a billion children. That is Omnipotence. YaHuWaH of hosts is Omnipotent (Matthew 28:18)
Ho! Ho! Ho!: Santa says, “Ho, ho, ho”. YaHuWaH says “Ho, ho” (Zechariah 2:6), and in this same verse, YaHuWaH says, “flee from the land of the North.”
Also, the word “ho” appears in only three verses in the entire Scriptures (Ruth 4:1, Isaiah 55:1, Zechariah 2:6). Ho! Ho! Ho! Three Ho’s! Santa is trying to impersonate the Most High YaHuWaH (Matthew 24:5)!
Children have been told from an early age that there is someone who “knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows when you’ve been good or bad, so be good for goodness sake.”
Only YaHuWaH knows these things. One day that child’s “god” Santa is discovered to be non-existent. When a child is 6, 7, or 8 he finds out he has been lied to by his parents and the whole of society. Their faith crumbles and a sacred trust is broken. Their parents represent the authority and security to which their very lives depend, and they find out now that there is not a jolly, fat old Santa Claus with similar attributes as YaHuWaH of hosts, the Creator of the Heavens, Earth, Sea, and everything in them.
The Devil has destroyed a belief in the true One who really “knows when you are sleeping, awake, good or bad, etc.!” If you then attempt to teach this child about YaHuWaH, expecting them to believe in the Heavenly Father who knows all about them.
What would any of us expect of a child whose faith and trust has already been attacked and destroyed with deception? If you have any involvement in such a deception, repent of it.
Yahusha said, “Whosoever shall offend one of these little ones (children) which believe in Me, it was better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the Sea.” (Mat.18:6).
The worship of Santa Claus is a sin of idolatry likened to that of witchcraft (1 Sam.15:23, Gal.5:19-21).
Who is the god of this world?
YaHuWaH of the Scriptures has revealed Himself as The Almighty, but there is another whom the Son Yahusha ascribes the title of “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4), “the prince of this world” (John 12:31).
The Devil has “come down” unto us (Revelation 12:12), and walks on the Earth (Job 2:2). Indeed, the Devil has done such a good job in his work of deception that the vast majority of men, women, and children do not even believe that the Devil exists. They have cartooned him as a mythical horned and forked-tailed boogie man, and in that lies his opportunity to have people succumb to the powers that are his.
It is this principle that lies at the belief system of Santa. SANTA with a juggle of letters spells SATAN!
Santa Claus is a “god” to the children of the world, or as some say, “Father Christmas”. But Yahusha specifically said, “And call no man your father upon the Earth: for one is your Father, which is in the Heavens” (Matthew 23:9).
The parents purposely lie to their children, and lying is strongly condemned in the Scriptures (Pro.6:16-19; 19:5,9; Eph.4:25, Col.3:9, 1John 2:21-22, Rev.21:8,27; 22:15).
Parents tell them that they should fear Santa Claus because “he knows if you’ve been good or bad”. If they have been bad, they won’t get all these worldly gifts. If they are good, they get these gifts.
The Scriptures condemn worldly gifts (Exo.23:8, Deut.16:19, 2 Kings 5:15-16, Pro.17:23, Ecc.7:7, Mat.23:19, Pro.21:14). True gifts are from YaHuWaH only (James 1:17, Eph.2:8; 3:7; 4:7, 1 Cor.7:7, 2 Cor.9:15, Rom.1:11; 6:23, Acts 2:38, 2 Tim.1:6). And the gift of YaHuWaH cannot be purchased with money (Acts 8:20-21).
Santa Claus comes from the Dutch dialect “Sante Klaas,” because this referred to “Saint Nicholas.” The Roman Catholic Bishop Nicholas was a priest in Germany who gave children presents, and had them sit on his lap. Was the “Patron Saint” of children and altar boys a “Saint” [meaning Set-Apart/a called out one who loves, serves, and obeys YaHuWaH]; a false god or pedophile priest?
1John 5:19 The whole world lies in wickedness and the whole world has been deceived.
Yahusha says, “Take heed that no man deceives you!”
Was Yahusha born on December 25th?
The Scriptures, as well as history, do not say when Yahusha was born; not the day, month, or year! So how could anyone claim that this is the day Yahusha was born? On what authority? How could we celebrate a birthday if nobody knows the birth date? And since the Scriptures are silent on that subject, maybe we are supposed to be silent as well, as to the physical birth of Yahusha.
The one thing we know for sure is that Yahusha was NOT born in the winter time, as tradition teaches, but in warm weather!
At the time surrounding the birth of Yahusha, the Scripture says, at Luke 2:8, “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.” In Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and Palestine, the shepherds do not take their flocks out in the fields during the winter. They don’t today, and they didn’t 2,000 years ago.
Luke 2:1-3 mentions a census at the time Yahusha was born. A census would have never been done in the heart of the winter since the weather conditions would make the transportation of the people to the city with their families very difficult. In fact, even in our modern age of fast speed means of transportation, censuses are always done in periods when the weather will not be an obstacle. Obviously, if this is true today it should have been true in those days as well.
Three Wise Men? The Scripture does not say there were 3 wise men (Mat.2:1), it does not mention how many wise men there were. It mentions 3 gifts (Mat.2:11), and as a result, people assume that there were three wise men. But there could have been 2 or 20 wise men.
Followed star to Bethlehem? The wise men did not follow the star to Bethlehem, they only followed it part of the way, to Jerusalem (Mat.2:1). Once they arrived in Jerusalem, they had to ask directions in regards to where Yahusha was (Mat.2:2)! They were told they could find Yahusha in Bethlehem (Mat.2:5).
Arrived the night Yahusha was born? The wise men did not arrive at Jerusalem until well after Yahusha was born. Since they arrived at Jerusalem after Yahusha’s birth, and since they stayed there long enough for the events of Matthew 2:2-9 to happen, it is evident that they could, by no means, be in Bethlehem on the night of the birth together with the shepherds, as tradition teaches.
It is important to note here that, according to Matthew 2:16-18, Herod put the age limit to two years and under “according to the time which he had diligently (accurately) inquired from the wise men.” In verse 7, Herod had inquired accurately from the wise men what time the star appeared, and by this he knew the age of Yahusha. Therefore, if Yahusha was born when “his star” appeared “in the east”, it can be concluded that when the wise men visited him, and the massacre of Bethlehem happened, he was certainly no more than two years old, though not too much less than that.
Yahusha In A Manger? When the wise men came to present their gifts, Yahusha was not in a manger in a stable, as tradition teaches. Yahusha was in a house (Mat.2:11). Yahusha was in a manger only when the shepherds visited him on the night of His birth (Luke 2:16).
Floating Angels? There was only 1 angel that announced the birth of Yahusha, and he wasn’t floating around in the sky (Luke 2:9).
Where Did Christmas Come From?
“Christmas” was celebrated by the Heathens thousands of years before Yahusha was even born! One of their customs was to decorate a tree with silver and gold ornaments, then fasten the tree so that it would not topple. Here is Biblical evidence of this fact:
Jeremiah 10:2-5, “Thus saith YaHuWaH, Learn not the way of the Heathen…For the customs of the people are vain: for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it does not move. They are upright as the palm tree…”
YaHuWaH is telling us in this verse, “Do not learn the way of the Heathen” Don’t even learn it, let alone practice it.
YaHuWaH even condemns a custom that the Heathens practiced, yet we see this very same custom exist even today; it is called the Christmas tree. The Scriptures describe this “Christmas celebration” as idolatry. Other Pagan customs include Mistletoe and the Yule Log. If you seek, you will find that these things are Pagan also traditions practiced all over the world.
Now, some claim that this verse refers to idols being made from the trees. This may be true (Isaiah 40:19; 41:23, 45:20; 46:1,7, Psalm 115:5,7, Habakkuk 2:19). But this is not important. What is important is the question, “Does YaHuWaH approve of trees being used to worship Him?” Is there a command in the Scripture to do so? The answer is simple. No.
Jer 10:7 Who would not fear You, O Sovereign of the nations? For this is Your due, for among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their reigns [Kingdoms], there is none like You.
Jer 10:8 They are both brutish [to burn, consume] and foolish, an instruction of worthlessness is the tree.
December 25th has always been a Sun worship holiday. When the sun was on its lowest dip on the horizon and the days grew shorter in the winter, the sun-worshipping people feared that the sun would not return. So they held certain festivals around the time of the Winter Solstice when the sun began to return.
December 21st is the shortest day of the year, and the following 3 days after it are exactly the same length. On December 25th, each day became longer again, and the Pagans called that day the “coming of the Sun”.
This is why a “star”, or sun, was placed on top of their “Christmas trees”.
Does this sound familiar? Sure, people might say this represents the star that appeared in the sky after Yahusha was born, but where does the Scripture approve of such things? Some people place an angel on top of their trees and claim this is OK. Well, let’s see what the scriptures say about angels.
2 Corinthians 11:14, “…for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” The Scripture confirms that Satan is an angel of light. Placing an angel on top of the tree is synonymous with placing a star on top of the tree because both images represent “light”, or the “sun”. But some might claim that their angel on their tree is a Heavenly angel. OK. Please look at YaHuWaH’s Second Commandment: Exodus 20:4, “You shalt not make unto thee any graven image or any likeness of any thing that is in the Heavens above….”
Angels are in the Heavens above, and YaHuWaH forbids having images of anything that’s in the Heavens above for the purpose of worship!
So, no matter how you look at it, YaHuWaH does not approve of these Pagan practices.
December 25th is the birthday of nearly every Pagan god ever invented! The birth of the Sun-god, Mithra, was on December 25th. In Egypt, the Sun god, Osiris, was born on December 25th. In the Syrian religion, the Sun god, Adonis, was born on December 25th. In the Mithraic religions, they celebrated the “Birthday of the Invincible Sun” on December 25th. In Rome, they celebrated the “Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun” on December 25th.
Also, Nimrod’s birthday was on December 25th!
The Scriptures are full of examples of Sun Worship (Deut. 4:19; 17:3, 2 Kings 23:5,11, Job 31:26-28). Women would weep for Tammuz (Eze.8:14), then the people would worship the Sun (verse 16). Tammuz is the god of nature and fertility and is the offspring of Dumuzi, the Accadian Sun-god (the Adonis of the Greeks).
Christmas was always a Pagan holiday. Now we are substituting a pagan name [“Jesus”/Iesous] in place of the true Set-Apart Name of Yahusha, but still practicing Pagan ways and not the ways of YaHuWaH or His Son Yahusha.
Deuteronomy 12:30-32 commands us not to serve YaHuWaH the same way they follow their gods. “Christmas” is following the Pagans after their sun-gods.
Christmas time is when we feel pressured to buy merchandise for others. Merchants make the most money at this time.
The Dragon [that old Devil called Satan] & the Owl [Lilith/Mystery Babylon the Great] – the motto = ”The learning by light” (Livery Companies of London)
The Scriptures say merchants are thieves and they love to oppress people (Hosea 12:7, Rev.18:3,11,15,23). There is a multitude of merchandise around Christmas time, and the Scriptures say this is a sin, “By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned” (Ezekiel 28:16).
Yahusha condemns buying and selling when it pertains to YaHuWaH (Mat.21:12). YaHuWaH condemns buying and selling when it pertains to Holy Days (Neh.10:31; 13:15-17). Yet we buy and sell for Christmas?
Christmas time has the highest suicide rate of the year. More people go into debt during Christmas than at any other time of the year. The Scriptures condemn borrowing money (Deuteronomy 15:6; 28:12, Proverbs 22:7,26), it condemns credit and charging interest (usury) on money (Leviticus 25:36-37, Ezekiel 18:13, 22:12-13).
Should people celebrate Christmas by borrowing and going into debt, by using credit cards and money, when the Scripture teaches “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10)?
And during Christmas time, there are Christmas parties, where people get drunk.
But the Scriptures condemn drunkenness (Proverbs 20:1; 23:29-32, 1Corinthians 9:10, Isaiah 28:1, Joel 1:5, Nahum 1:10).
Do we show our love for YaHuWaH by doing what He condemns?
Christmas is mixing the Set-Apart Almighty YaHuWaH with unholy Pagan practices. We are not supposed to mix the set-apart with the profane (2 Corinthians 6:14). We are to be separate from them (2 Corinthians 6:17). Christians are not to love the ways of the world (Luke 16:15, 1 John 2:15, James 4:4, Romans 12:2, Revelation 18:4).
Christmas cards are mixing holy things with Pagan things.
And who is it that celebrates Christmas? The whole “civilized world”. Millions who make no profession of faith in the Blood of the Lamb, who “despise and reject Him,” and millions more who, while claiming to be His followers, yet in works deny Him, join in merrymaking under the pretense of honoring the birth of the Yahusha. It is written, “You shall not follow a multitude to do evil” (Exo.23:2).
We are commanded to be separate from the world (Rom.12:2, Eph.2:2, 1 John 2:15-17, James 4:4, John 15:19).
And since Christmas is celebrating a “birthday”, we should see what the Scripture teaches about birthdays.
Throughout the entire Scriptures, there are only 2 birthday celebrations. One was King Herod, who chopped off the head of John the Baptist because of his birthday (Mat.14:6-8). The other one was the Pharaoh’s, who decided to hang to death his chief baker in celebration of his birthday (Gen.40:20-22). Only unbelievers have celebrated birthdays according to YaHuWaH’s Word. The Scriptures mention no man of YaHuWaH having ever celebrated a birthday.
Maybe this is why the Scriptures do not mention when Yahusha was born because we’re not supposed to celebrate birthdays, which is a Heathen tradition!
Birthdays have to do with the celebration of the flesh, and we’re not to celebrate Yahusha in a fleshly manner but in a Spiritual way. To a Christian, it is not the first birth from a corruptible seed that’s important (1 Peter 1:23), but our second birth, when we’re “born again” (John 3:3,7).
The 1st birth is of the world, 2nd of YaHuWaH (John 1:12-13).
Carefully note this point: We cannot possibly please YaHuWaH by setting up our own means of worshipping Him. Paul called worship contrived by man “will worship”, and condemned it (Colossians 2:23; read the entire context from 2:8 through 2:23).
Jeroboam sinned by instituting a day of atonement which was “like the one feast which is in Judah,” the one ordained by YaHuWaH, but on a different day. The inspired text condemns Jeroboam because “he devised in his own heart” a month for a holy day (1 Kings 12:32-33).
Even though they were offering incense to YaHuWaH, Nadab and Abihu failed to treat Him as holy because they used fire from a source other than that which was prescribed (Leviticus 10:1-3). They were consumed by fire from YaHuWaH for their transgression.
Christmas is man-made, and therefore an unacceptable means of worship. Worship, by definition, is an act recognizing the One who is worshipped as the Almighty. If He is the Almighty, whose Will should prevail?
If I dictate the means of worshipping, whose Will prevails? Do you see the point? Worshipping YaHuWaH in my own way is a contradiction. To worship YaHuWaH, I must do so according to His will. What is YaHuWaH’s Will? YaHuWaH’s Will is His One Torah [Instructions/Teachings/“Law”] written in our hearts (Psalm 40:8).
Yahusha said His true family are those who “shall do the will of My Father which is in the Heavens” (Mat.12:50).
Christmas is a vain tradition of men, and we don’t worship YaHuWaH by following man-made-up traditions (Mat.15:3,6, Mark 7:7-9,13, Col.2:8). We are to show our love for YaHuWaH by doing what Yahusha Himself said to do in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep My Commandments” (John 21,24; 15:10,14, James 1:22, Rom.2:13, 1 John 5:2-3).
“Holi-day” means “Holy-day”, and only One entity can make a day Holy.
Did YaHuWaH, or man, make Christmas a Holy-day? If we know that the roots of Christmas are of Pagan origin, shouldn’t the roots of our worship be in the Scriptures, rather than Paganism?
Some will argue for the “keeping of Christmas” on the basis of “giving the children a good time.” But why do this under the cloak of honoring the Son’s birth?
Why is it necessary to drag in His Set-Apart Name in connection with what takes place at this Season of carnal jollification?
As Yahusha once asked, in Luke 6:46, “And why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and do not do the things which I say?”
Yahusha is The Word of YaHuWaH of hosts made flesh; when Yahusha speaks those red letters recorded in your Bible, is it not YaHuWaH of hosts you can hear talking?
Mattithyahu מתתיהו: Gift of YaHuWaH [“Matthew”] 22:36 Teacher which (is the) Greatest Commandment in the Torah? And Yahusha said to him, You shall love YaHuWaH your Elohim [Mighty One, “GOD”] of you, with all the heart of you, and with all the soul of you, and with all the mind of you. This is the first and Greatest Commandment; and (the) second (is) like it, You shall love the neighbor of you as yourself. In these two Commandments all the Torah and prophets hang.
Greatly loved are the doers of YaHuWaH’s fixed Appointed Times and His Ten Words/Commandments.
“Christ mass” is not one of them.
Author: Laura Nicholson