The “Holly god” of Christmas

 

THE HOLLY GOD OF CHRISTMAS

The “Holly god” of Christmas
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“The Celts of the British Isles and Gaul
believed the Holly King ruled over winter
and death.”
-Pagan Yule: Christmas Plants
Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe:
Traditional Yuletide Symbols
by Jill Stefko
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The “Holly god” of Christmas

The “Holly god” of Christmas

The Holly god of Christmas
will ride his sled tonight
The Fat Old Elf called Santa
Will Hold the reins so tight

His gallant mystic reindeer
that number sabbats eight
will pull his chariot across the sky
while excited children wait

The chimney is his entrance
into the house we’re told
where Fire is his element
and the sacred hearth beholds

The altar of the pagan
the solstice of dark days
where merriment and presents
are exchanged in votive ways

The many gods of nature
whose birth they commemorate
on the 25th of December
with Festive Food and plate

The Shaman of the winter
is praised around the world
For giving out his presents
to happy boys and girls

The Norse upon the northland
have leprechauns called elves
who hammer out their handy craft
and set them on the shelves

And when the earth is spinning
and the trees are brought inside
to decorate and adorn them
and looked upon with pride

The setting is symbolic
of the gods of ancient lore
and how they were once worshipped
as they had been years before

It’s the holiday of Nimrod
who was the First born King
to deck the halls of Babylon
with bells that we still ring

The Fire god of Hestia
the Fireplace divine
The Flames of Vesta’s memory
is what you’ll often find

Where the stockings will be hanging
waiting for their god
The Thor of Famous legend
will leap with just a nod

We sing the many carols
that tell this ancient Lore
but seldom do we listen
to the story that she bore

The tinsel and the glitter
we place upon the tree
so we can hear the spirits move
like wind upon the breeze

We crown the Tree we worship
with a star or angel breath
We light the electric candles
to show the hidden depth

Of the god who lives within the tree
the evergreen so high
while all the other trees are brown
this one will never die

We bend and place our presents
as we lean upon our knee
as an offering to appease the god
that lives within the tree

The Mistletoe is sacred
to the Druid Celtic priests
and the holly god called Saturn
rejoices with it’s wreath

Some say it is romantic
to gather round the tree
Some love to get engaged they say
on this day of Revery

The couple will be kissing
neath the vine of mistletoe
and few will know the meaning
of the things they do and so

This sacred Feast of Mithra
The Yule of Odin’s path
became the catholic mantra
which we now call The Mass

Yes the Mass of Christ – called ChristMas
Holds the thrill of Ancient Ways
They say it is the Birth of Christ
Who was born in warmer days

Yes the world is held in an ancient spell
that sparkles and yet it cries
for it ignites and it excites
the wonder of our eyes.

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     HOLLY

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“The Celts of the British Isles and Gaul
believed the Holly King ruled over winter
and death.”
-Pagan Yule: Christmas Plants
Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe:
Traditional Yuletide Symbols
by Jill Stefko

“Ancient pagans fashioned ivy “into wreaths
and garlands for decorations during the winter
months.” Ivy had close ties with the Roman god
of wine, Bacchus.  Holly, meanwhile, figured
prominently in the Roman celebration of the
Saturnalia (upon which the Christmas holiday
was directly modeled), as it was considered
sacred to the god Saturn. Among the Celts,
holly played a major role in summer and
winter pagan solstice observances.”
– “The Green Mountain Gardener”
Dr. Leonard Perry,
“Holly and other evergreens were subsequently
adopted by common Christians as Christmas
decorations in Roman times. This, despite
protests from disapproving Church Fathers,
who regarded the decorations as “too pagan.”
Such protests notwithstanding, evergreen
decorations were well on their way to becoming
Christmas institutions, symbols of the pagan
past co-opted by the new religion.”
– “The Green Mountain Gardener”
Dr. Leonard Perry,

“Holly was the sacred plant of the god Saturn
and was used at the Roman Saturnalia festival
to honour him. Romans gave one another holly
wreaths and carried them about decorating
images of Saturn with it.”
-All About Christmas
Mistletoe and Holly

THE PAGAN GODS OF NATURE WERE WORSHIPPED USING GREENERY SUCH AS IVY HOLLY MISTLETOE EVERGREENS FIR A

       EVERGREENS


“Among pagans – In the days before Yule
a tree is cut and brought into the home
to decorate.  Holly and mistletoe are also
hung around the house. Any greenery brought
inside during Winter are used to extend an
invitation to nature to join in our cele-
bration. A Yule altar is usually set up and
decorated with the colours red, green, white
and gold.  It is tradition for some on Yule
to stay awake all night and greet the sun
when it rises. During the wait for the sun,
rituals are held, and spells are cast and
joyous celebration takes place.”
-A Pagan History of Christmas
by Lisa Pawley
“Symbols of The Pagan Yule are the evergreen
tree, Holly, mistletoe, wreaths, the Yule log
and a wheel with eight spokes.  The eight spokes
represent the eight major Pagan Sabbaths or
Holy Days (Holidays)and are represented in
Christmas by Santa’s Eight Reindeer.”
-A Pagan History of Christmas
by Lisa Pawley

“The early Christians discouraged the use of
evergreen decorations in Christian homes and
assemblies, because their display had long been
associated with heathen festivals.”
-Campbell ; The Story of Christmas

“Gift Giving – during the Roman festival of
Saturnalia, gifts were given as good luck
emblems and houses were decorated with
greenery.  
The early Christians, however,
frowned on this pagan ritual, and wouldn’t
have any part of it.”
– Christmas Traditions & Trivia
1999 HFCWillcox

“The ancient Romans decorated their homes
with greens for the mid-winter feast of
(the pagan) Saturnalia (in December).”
-Christmas Wreaths – The Tradition
By: Elisabeth Ginsburg

“We Christians neither cover our doorposts
with wreaths, nor…decorate our house like
some new brothel.  We…do not celebrate
along with you the holidays…The pagan Romans
clad their doorposts with green and branching
laurels…In the Saturnalia…Presents come and go
..There are…gifts…and Banquets…yet Christians
should have no acquaintance with the festivals
of the pagans.”
– Tertullian, (A.D. 155-220),
quoted by David Bercot,
A Dictionary of Early
Christian Beliefs, 1998, p. 342).

“Evergreen trees were important fertility
emblems for pre-Christian ceremonies marking
the winter solstice. The decoration of
Christmas trees is a survival of pagan tree
veneration.”
-John Williamson,
in “Christmas Greenery”
The Dallas Morning News
(December 6, 1986)

“Scandinavians celebrated the solstice
as Yule.  In Norse mythology the first man
sprang from an evergreen tree.  On the
winter solstice – December 24-25 the
Evergreens were decorated with red apples.”
-The Christmas Tree
“A Modern Herbal” by Maud Grieve.

“Pagan Germans were tree worshipping
people.  Like the old Romans they prized
evergreen trees.   Branches were brought inside
to give shelter to the wood spirits who dwelled
in these trees.  Sometimes small trees were
brought inside.”
– Merry Christmas, A History of the Holiday;
by Patricia Bunning Stevens

“To the Nordic people of Scandinavia,
any tree that did not ‘die’ by losing its
foliage through the bitter cold of the long
freezing winters was considered to be
harboring a tree-spirit of unfailing life.
Appropriately called ‘evergreens’,  it is
not surprising, therefore, that evergreen
trees are adopted for use as Christmas trees.”
-Pole-Spirits North and South
(Santa Claus and the Origin of
the Christmas Tree)
by Patrick Harrigan;
researcher and journalist

“People in Scandinavia once worshipped
trees. When they became Christians, they
made evergreen trees part of Christian
festivals.”
-THE WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA,
1966 Edition –
Article Titled – “Christmas”

“Tree worship was a common feature of
pagan religion among the Teutonic and
Scandinavian peoples of northern Europe
before their conversion to Christianity.
They decorated houses and barns with
evergreens to scare away demons.”
-COMPTON’S
INTERACTIVE ENCYCLOPEDIA,
1997 Edition; article on “Christmas”

“Since earliest times everygreen trees
have been worshipped as symbols of life,
fertility, sexual potency and reproduction,
and were often brought into the house and
set up as idols. The pagans of old have hung
apples and other fruit as a food offering
and would offer gifts to the tree, which is
where we get putting presents under the tree.
This was purely pagan in origin.”
— Holidays and Holy Days,
by Tom C. McKenney

     Mistletoe

“The common name of the mistletoe is
derived from bird droppings. “Mistel”
is the Anglo-Saxon word for “dung,” and
“toe” is the word for “twig.” So, mistletoe
means “dung-on-a-twig.”
-All About Christmas
Mistletoe and Holly

“Mistletoe was held sacred by the Norse,
the Celtic Druids and the North American
Indians. The Druid priests would cut
mistletoe from an oak tree with a golden
sickle. The branches had to be caught
before they touched the ground. They then
divided the branches into many sprigs
and distributed them to the people,
who hung them over doorways as protection
against thunder, lightning and other evils.”
-All About Christmas
Mistletoe and Holly

DRUIDS CUTTING THE SACRED MISTLETOE

“The Druid priests would cut mistletoe
from an oak tree using a golden sickle.
The branches had to be caught before
they touched the ground. ”
-All About Christmas
Mistletoe and Holly

“Mistletoe was held sacred by ancient peoples.
Druids wore sprigs of holly in their hair when
they went into the forest to watch their priests
cut their sacred mistletoe.”
-All About Christmas
Mistletoe and Holly

“From time immemorial the mistletoe
has been the object of superstitious
veneration in Europe. It was worshipped
by the Druids, as we learn from a famous
passage of Pliny. After enumerating the
different kinds of mistletoe, he proceeds:
“In treating of this subject, the admiration
in which the mistletoe is held throughout
Gaul ought not to pass unnoticed. The Druids,
for so they call their wizards, esteem
nothing more sacred than the mistletoe.”
-The Golden Bough.  1922.
Chapter 65 – LXV.
Balder and the Mistletoe
Sir James George Frazer (1854–1941). 

“The Druids gather the mistletoe with
solemn ceremony. A priest clad in a white
robe climbs the tree and with a golden
sickle cuts the mistletoe, which is caught
in a white cloth. Then they sacrifice the
victims.”
-The Golden Bough.  1922.
Chapter 65 – LXV.
Balder and the Mistletoe
Sir James George Frazer (1854–1941). 

“The Druids believed that a potion
prepared from mistletoe would fertilise
barren cattle, and the Italians holding
that a piece of mistletoe carried about
by a woman would help her to conceive
a child.”
-The Golden Bough.  1922.
Chapter 65 – LXV.
Balder and the Mistletoe
Sir James George Frazer (1854–1941). 

The Holly God – gathering Mistletoe
THE HOLLY GOD IS PICKING SACRED MISTLETOE 
Above is a “YULE” card – depicting the Holly god
picking and gathering his Sacred Mistletoe.

Mistletoe

“No one loves a party like the ancient Romans,
and their festival of Saturnalia is one of the
most well-documented celebrations of the Winter
Solstice. This week-long bacchanal included
exchanging of gifts, lots of food and wine,
dancing and music. This festival honored Saturn,
of course, and he was an agricultural god.
To keep him happy, fertility rituals took place
under the mistletoe. Today, we don’t quite go
that far under our mistletoe (at least not usually)
but it does explain where the kissing tradition
comes from.”
-Mistletoe: Myths, Mysteries and Medicine
By Patti Wigington

“Mistletoe was a sacred plant for the
Druidic people in both Europe and Great
Britain, revered for promoting fertility
and protecting from evil spirits.”
-In the land of the mistletoe
L’Atelier Vert
Everything French Gardening


Whose Christmas is it – Anyway ?

Many pagans and wiccans complain that the Christians stole
Christmas From them.  After all – They did celebrate December 25
long before Christ was born.

Some Christians say that it doesn’t matter that Christ was NOT
born in December – and they claim that they are conquering
paganism by “Stealing” their Winter Solstice Celebrations.

More importantly, would Christ approve of this commercialized
holiday that honors the many gods of paganism ?

Who does Christmas Really Belong to ?

WHOSE CHRISTMAS IS IT ANYWAY
“Let’s get this right,
Christmas was a beautiful,
uplifting Pagan celebration
that Christianity purloined
and perverted for its own
dubious ends.”
-DUNDEE University
Emily Mackie

“Christians hijacked the midwinter
pagan festival.”
-The Freethinker
Barry Duke

The full facts concerning Christianity’s
theft of Christmas are detailed in Robert
Stovold’s illustrated 32-page booklet entitled
“Did Christians Steal Christmas?”, published
by the National Secular Society.

“Why did the Christians want the
twenty-fifth of December? Why that
particular date? Why did they deliberately
steal this very important date from the Pagans?”
-The Solstice Season
by Madalyn O’Hair

“Christians, with the authority of the
Roman emperors behind them, stole Christmas
from pagan society. Now perhaps it is time
to give it back. It is time to take Christ
out of Christmas.”
-Liberating Christmas from Christianity
Let’s Take Christ Out of Christmas
By RAYMOND J. LAWRENCE

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