I love the holiday season, the hustle and bustle, the time spent with family, the giving of gifts, the peace and good will. What troubles me is that people actually think it was the birthday of Jesus and celebrate it as a Christian holiday. It's NOT! The details are thus:
1) Hundreds of years before Jesus, according to the Mithraic religion, three Wise Men of Persia came to visit the baby savior-god Mithra, bring him gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense.
2) Mithra was born on December 25 as told in the “Great Religions of the World”, page 330; “…it was the winter solstice celebrated by ancients as the birthday of Mithraism’s sun god”.
3) According to Mithraism, before Mithra died on a cross, he celebrated a “Last Supper with his twelve disciples, who represented the twelve signs of the zodiac.
4) After the death of Mithra, his body was laid to rest in a rock tomb.
5) Mithra had a celibate priesthood.
6) Mithra ascended into heaven during the spring (Passover) equinox (the time when the sun crosses the equator making night and day of equal length).
Then Mithras returned to the earth to teach humanity His commandments and begin Mysteries and Rites which would help humans remember his acts on our behalf. Because of his actions, we can choose good without the overwhelming power of evil, even though evil's influence can still seem powerful because our minds believe it is. Because of His teachings, we know that the purpose of our lives is to serve others in the name of Mithras. The followers refer to Him as the "Light of the World" a phrase often used also in Christian faith when referring to Jesus.
Now....the Catholic church claims that it adopted December 25th as Jesus' birthday in order to get people to start celebrating Christianity instead of pagan holidays. That might be believable except that the story of the birth, life and death of Mithras are almost word for word what was copied into the New Testament, and called the story of the birth, life and death of Jesus. It's too much of a coincidence that all the details are the same. The story of Mithras existed hundreds of years before Jesus. The first written example is around 1400 B.C.E in the Vedic writings of India. The problem is compounded by the fact that the manuscripts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John contain NO NAMES of who wrote them, those names were added later by the Catholic Church to give the manuscripts authenticity. The fact that the gospels are of dubious origin, and that there is no example in any written history of the time that credibly can prove Jesus existed and was known of by the people of the time, means Christianity cannot be trusted to be true. As far as I can see, there is absolutely no credible reason to celebrate the holiday season as a legitimate religious holiday.
Therefore, whether one wants to say 'Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas" makes little difference as the whole holiday is made up anyway.
Why not make up your own traditions and rituals that are personally meaningful to you and your family? This is what our family has done for years.
There is a lot of very credible evidence that Christianity is a religion that was completely fabricated, as most religions are. We recommend you embraced unhindered spirituality instead.