And to the angel of the congregation in Philadelphia write -- These things says He that is holy, He that is true, He that has the Key of David, He that opens, and no man shuts, and shuts, and no man opens. I know your works: behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it: for you have a little strength, and have kept My Word, and have not denied My Name . . ."
"What is Christmas and from where did it originate? Yule is the Chaldean name for 'infant' or 'little child.' In ancient Babylon, the 25th of December was known as Yule day or the birth of the promised child day. This was the day of the birth of the incarnate sun, who appeared as a baby child to redeem a world bound in darkness. It was an essential belief of the Babylonian religious system, that the sun god, also known as Baal, was the chief god in a polytheistic system. Tammuz was also worshipped as the god incarnate, or promised baby son of Baal, who was to be the Savior of the world.
It is interesting that a review of the New Covenant Scriptures reveals that no early believers reverenced Yahshua's birth. Instead, as is the Jewish custom of faith, they were told to commemorate his death. [I Corinthians 11:26]
We find in the Catholic encyclopedia that Christmas was not even among the earliest church festivals. It was not until the latter part of the fourth century that the Roman Church began observing December 25th as Jesus' birthday. By the fifth century A.D., the Roman Church ordered the birth of Messiah to be forever observed on December 25th. At the time of this decree, the Roman Church knew full well that the pagan religious cults throughout the Roman and Greek worlds celebrated the pagan sun god, Mithra, on this self same day. This winter festival was known as the Nativity of the Sun. It was also known in the Roman Empire as Saturnalia [another name for sun worship]."
The above is a quote from a sabbatarian website which contains information you can find in most any major encyclopedia anywhere in the world.
Not only does recorded history clearly show the pagan roots of Christmas (Saturnalia), but the Holy Scriptures are clear that Christians are NOT to learn the way of the heathen.
In Jeremiah 10:1-6, just after Yah tells us not to learn the ways of the heathen, we read of the description of a tree decked in silver and gold -- a forerunner of the modern day christmas tree. Yah considers such pagan feasts an abomination and clearly tells us NOT to celebrate them in any way.
In the book of Exodus, the stubborn Hebrews thought to dedicate a pagan Egyptian graven idol, a golden calf, unto YHVH. They probably thought YHVH would be pleased that they had taken such a pagan ceremony and stamped it in the "name" of YHVH. Holy Writ records that YHVH was so displeased that 3000 Hebrews were killed by the sword, and a plague was sent to kill many thousands more.
Do Christians think they can dedicate a pagan Saturnalian Feast day on 12/25 to Jesus and believe Jesus will be pleased? Do they not know what happened to Israel when she thought to do such a cursed thing?