Its that time of year again that we are all suppose to “spread joy” and do our part to support the 25% of economic activity for the year that goes on over these couple of weeks. I certainly don’t want to stifle anyone’s “JOY”, to the contrary, I’d like to see more people in a Joyous State all the time, and the best path for that is to understand the TRUTH.
What Does the Christian Bible Say About Christmas Trees?
3 For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut down a tree from the forest; it is shaped with a chisel by the hands of a craftsman. 4 They adorn it with silver and gold and fasten it with hammer and nails, so that it will not totter. 5 Like scarecrows in a cucumber patch, their idols cannot speak.
What are the Astronomical Facts About December 25th?
The Day the SUN (Son?) was still and then was Resurrected
Every year, because of the tilt of the Earth’s Axis, the sun seems to take a path high in the sky for summer and then moves to a lower path in winter. The path gets lower and lower in the sky until (in the Northern Hemisphere) it hits its lowest point on the Winter Solstice (Dec. 22). At this time the sun seem to stay in the same spot for 3 Days (until Dec. 25 – Christmas) at which points the days start getting longer again as the sun’s path moves back higher in the sky.
One could imagine the people looking up at the sky and worrying that soon, one day there may be no more sun as its path keeps getting shorter and shorter, certainly they would rejoice in the turning of this trend and the gradual increase in day length and the ability to grow crops again. All could proclaim “The Sun has Resurrected” and will be our “Savior”.
Amanita Muscaria and Reindeer
John Allegro, a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar and archaeologist, wrote a fascinating and highly controversial book entitled The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, whose subtitle was A Study of the Nature and Origins of Christianity within the Fertility Cults of the Ancient Near East. J.Allegro put forth the idea that Christianity was an expression of an ancient cult which worshipped sex and mushrooms.
There is much old art that supports this idea and Allegro argued that the entire story of the Jesus in the Gospels was a code for the ancient journey of conscious self-exploration, aka the psychedelic “trip”. Is the red-and-white Santa Claus (or St. Nicholas) a modern representation of the village shaman who had the knowledge of mushroom revelations?
The active ingredient of this mushroom does not break down in the body and can in fact be consumed (from the urine) up to 6 times before noticeable degradation of its psychotropic affects. In fact it is safer to drink the urine of a previous user than to eat the mushroom itself, as the mushroom contains toxic compounds that the first eater’s body will have to deal with.
The Reindeer love to eat this mushroom and its psychotropic compounds are found in the urine of the Reindeer. For this reason, tribesmen would ingest the urine of the Reindeer and receive their psychic gift into the realms of the Gods. The psychological effects of the Amanita mushroom usually include sensations of size distortion and flying. Also a side effects of eating Amanita mushrooms is that the skin and facial features take on a flushed, ruddy glow. Is this why Santa is always shown with glowing red cheeks and nose? Even Santa’s jolly “Ho, ho, ho!” seems to be the euphoric laugh of one who has indulged in the magic fungus.
Before Coca-Cola came along to utilze Christmas as a marketing scheme, Santa was drawn in a variety of ways – even as a scary elf –
Coca-Cola introduced this new friendly, human image of Santa (created by illustrator Haddon Sundblom) in December 1931. (This picture is of a 1931 ad.) From 1931-1964, Sundblom created holiday ads for Coke featuring Santa, and those images continue to be used each year on bottles, cans and 12-packs
This was certainly the beginning of the end of the “Traditional” Santa’s of folklore and mystical beliefs. Indeed this was the beginning of the Modern Santa and his association with CONSUMERISM as the self serving “God of the Times” under the guise of being a Christian Holiday for Peace and Praise.
It would be apparent, even without the historical background of this cultural phenomenon, that Santa and Christmas have nothing to do with what is considered traditional Christianity. No, it would seem apparent that Santa and all the magic surrounding X-mas (as in XXX) is just the same old modern materialism and self-oriented hedonistic gratification used to keep the working enslaved (to their new X-mas Credit Card Debt) to a system of mindless consumption. All that and without regard for the Earth nor one’s personal spiritual well being and peace. It would appear to be quite the “oxymoron” of a holiday.