5 Popular Myths You Believe About Christmas

In this post, you will read about the common myths people say about Christmas. You will also learn about the shocking truth about Christmas and how we should respond as true believers of God!

Did you know that there are a lot of myths and even lies that are popularly propagated during Christmas? Yes, you read that right. In fact, most people are so deceived that the same myths are repeated over and over again.

It’s time that you know the truth about these myths and be free from the shackles of lies. After all, “the truth shall set you free” (John 8:33) and thus, you should never ignore the truth expounded in this blog. 

So, if you don’t want to be deceived anymore, let me share with you the 5 most common myths you are taught to be true about Christmas.

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Myth no. 1: Jesus was born on December 25

We all know that December 25 is the birthday of Jesus Christ, right? WRONG!

Any reputable encyclopedia, scholarship writing, and secular sources will tell you that December 25 is not the day Jesus was born. In fact, instead of celebrating the birth of Christ on December 25, it is actually the birth of a pagan god that is celebrated.

Now, you can do your own research about this, but just to give you one source. Here’s what the History website mentioned:

Although most Christians celebrate December 25 as the birthday of Jesus Christ, few in the first two Christian centuries claimed any knowledge of the exact day or year in which he was born… The precise reason why Christmas came to be celebrated on December 25 remains obscure, but most researchers believe that Christmas originated as a Christian substitute for pagan celebrations of the winter solstice.

… As Christianity began to take hold in the Roman world, in the early fourth century, church leaders had to contend with a popular Roman pagan holiday commemorating the “birthday of the unconquered sun” (natalis solis invicti)–the Roman name for the winter solstice.

Every winter, Romans honored the pagan god Saturn, the god of agriculture, with a festival that began on December 17 and usually ended on or around December 25 with a winter-solstice celebration in honor of the beginning of the new solar cycle. This festival was a time of merrymaking, and families and friends would exchange gifts. At the same time, Mithraism–worship of the ancient Persian god of light–was popular in the Roman army, and the cult held some of its most important rituals on the winter solstice.

The Bible is silent as well about the exact date, though we can estimate using various clues. But think about it for a second:

“If celebrating Christ’s birth is so important, why didn’t the Bible command it or even tell us the exact date?”

Obviously, the answer is that we are not really meant to celebrate His birthday. After all, Christ is a God who does not have any beginning of days.

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Myth no. 2: There were three wise men

Actually, there were three types of gifts that we presented, but the Bible doesn’t tell us the exact number of the wise men. We are just told that “wise men from the East came to Jerusalem” (Matthew 2:1). And yes, we are NOT also told about their names.

Myth no. 3: Joseph and Mary talked to every innkeeper

If you have already watched a movie portrayal of the birth of Christ, you may have seen how Joseph and Mary frantically went to every inn, trying to find a place to stay.

During the time of Joseph and Mary, it was most likely there were only a few inns in Jerusalem. In most cases, visitors from other places first go to their relatives to find a place to retire.

However, there’s a possibility that Joseph and Mary came late since Mary was already in full term. This made their travel slower and more difficult. As a result, when they had come to Jerusalem, all rooms had already been taken.

Now, why didn’t some give up their room? Well, remember, the relatives of Mary and Joseph and other people think that the baby Mary was carrying was conceived out of wedlock. So, they may be ashamed to take in Joseph and Mary.

As a result, they ended up staying in a manger for a while.

Myth no. 4: The three wise men met Jesus in the manger

Keep in mind that the wise men came from a far place. It would take them months and even years just to find the promised Messiah.

So, when they arrived, Jesus wasn’t in a manger anymore, but rather He was already in a house as what we read in Matthew 2:11.

Myth no. 5: Christmas worships Jesus Christ

A lot of people think that when they celebrate Christmas, they are worshiping Jesus. However, is that what the Bible really says?

It’s an established fact that Christmas is rooted in paganism. Why would you recycle a pagan celebration to worship the King? Isn’t it a huge, huge mockery to the Savior of Mankind?

Imagine this: if someone celebrates your birthday on December 25, which is not your birth date, would you be happy? To make things worse, that person has chosen a date, which was used to celebrate demonic rituals and paganistic beliefs! 

Surely, you would be insulted at the very least. That’s why you can never say, “Jesus is the reason for the season” or “Bring Jesus back to the season” because He was never there in the first place!

Here’s a warning was given to people who use pagan celebrations to worship God:

When the LORD your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ 

You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.

Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.

Deuteronomy 12:29-32

Let’s stop saying that what is important is the heart. As long as you are worshiping Yahweh and not the pagan gods, it’s okay. Well, that’s not what John 4:24 said:

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and TRUTH.”

If you’re going to worship God, it should be done in truth. Is it true that Christ is born on December 25? Obviously no and because it’s a lie, worshiping God through Christmas is not true worship.

Stop believing the myths

The majority is not always right. Even if all people celebrate Christmas, it doesn’t make it correct.

Let us stop believing the myths and lies we often hear during Christmas. Most importantly, let us start asking God how He wants us to worship Him instead of asking ourselves how we should worship Him.

Let’s put aside the traditions of men and start following God’s commanded Festivals instead.

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