I do a lot of research into "religious" beliefs and traditions. Not many people know where Christmas originated from. None of this is meant to offend people of different beliefs, just to share some knowledge to thoughs who believe Christmas is about Jesus. Throughout the bible, pagan beliefs, festivals and the corrupt system were under the name of Babylon. It started in Babylon of ancient Nimrod, which shows just how long people have been celebrating "Christmas". Nimrod, the son of Cush, grandson of Ham, and great-grandson of Noah, was the founder of the Babylonish system that has since took over the world. This system is man-ruled governments and empires that are based upon the competitive, profit making economic system. Nimrod built the tower of Babel, ancient Nineveh, the original Babylon and many more cities using this system. He was responsible for the world's first kingdom. Nimrod actual means "Marad: in Hebrew, which means he "rebelled". See Gen. 10:6, 8-12. Nimrod was very evil and corrupted. It is said he married his own mother whose name was Semiramis. After his death, his "mother/wife" propagated this evil doctrine as a symbol of Nimrod's spiritual being. She claimed a full grown tree (EVERGREEN) appeared overnight from the dead tree stump, which symbolized new life from Nimrod's death. Each year on Nimrod's birthday (December 25th), she said Nimrod would visit the tree and leave gifts upon it. That is where the origin of the Christmas tree started. Through her wise tales and scheming, she became Babylonian "Queen of Heaven" and Nimrod, under many names, became "divine son of heaven". Thru generations, this idolatrous worship, Nimrod also became the false Messiah. He was known as "son of Baal", or "the Sun-god". Both Nimrod and Semiramis became idolized and worshiped. This worship was spread world wide. The names varied in different countries and languages. In Egypt it was Iris and Osiris. In Asia, Cybele and Deoius. In pagan Rome, Fortuna and Jupiterpuer. Even in Greece, China, Japan, and Tibet, the counterpart of the Madonna is to be found, long before the birth of Jesus Christ. So, during the 4th and 5th centuries, the pagans of the Roman world began accepting the new popular "Christianity" by thousands, carrying on the traditions and old customs by merely covering up the real names with Christian sounding names. Every year around Christmas time you will hear "Silent Night, Holy Night" being sung. This actually came from the "mother and child" theme which celebrated Nimrod and Semiramis. This along with many other songs and Christmas traditions were passed down over generations and we are taught only that it is a Christian holiday, when in truth, it is pagan idolatry. When we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate idolatry, that is Nimrod and Semiramis. If I'm not mistaken, there is a commandment against this. Other traditions explained: Mistletoe - was used at this festival of the winter solstice because it was considered sacred to the SUN, because of its supposed healing power. Kissing under the mistletoe was celebrating the death of the "old sun" and the birth of the new at the winter solstice. Holly Berries - were considered sacred food of the "sun-god". Yule Log - is in reality the "sun log." "Yule" means "wheel," a pagan symbol of the sun. Yet today professing Christians speak of the "sacred YULETIDE season". Candles/Lighting - is encouraging the waning sun-god to reach the lowest places of the sky. There are used as a beacon, or guild. AGAIN! I am not pushing people to believe what I do or offend anyone. Just thought this was worth sharing. A history lesson of ancient text, if you will.