The Christmas Tree: its Pagan Origins, and Christian Adaptation

Christmas Tree at the Capitol

Christmas Tree at the Capitol

In centuries past the early Christian churches prohibited the decoration of people’s homes with evergreen boughs. This is obviously derived from Paganism. The Christmas Tree did not fully become popular until the mid 19th century. To this day there are many people that are strongly against having a Christmas Tree because it is a Christian symbol (which is understandable if they are not Christians), others believe (incorrectly) that cutting down a tree, bringing it into your home, and decorating it with fancy decorations is a Pagan custom. This is completely false. The prophet Jeremiah really condemned the Christmas tree because he knew many of the “heathen” customs of cutting down a tree, clipping the tree to look like their “gods” – (yes that is plural, pagans have gods) and then decorating the tree, with silver and gold. Here is his passage condemning the Christmas tree as a pagan symbol:

Jeremiah 10:2-4: “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.” (King James Version).

This is why people all around the world are always so quick to say “OH THE CHRISTMAS TREE IS A PAGAN SYMBOL.” I have one question to ask you…If you think the Christmas tree is a pagan symbol, why is it that we don’t fashion it to look like our gods? Christians have only one god almighty, along with God’s sun Jesus. I would love to see someone fashion a tree that is freshly cut in his image. That is not the Christian tradition. We don’t fashion the tree to look like anything. The pagan tradition of hanging evergreen boughs, in no way correlates with the Christmas tree Jeremiah was speaking out of context. Now the Christmas tree is more of a secular symbol, symbolizing the birth of Christ, and good will towards the new year. Justifying your beliefs based on old scriptures that are out of context will end up getting you in trouble with God. Its not about it being a pagan symbol. Its about the spirit of Christmas and good will. We aren’t worshiping pagan gods with the Christmas tree, any Christian will tell you that. Some people need to get their facts straight before spitting century old scriptures like its relevancy still holds true with today’s traditions. Does anyone even know a pagan that has a Christmas tree? I rest my case. Thats my 2 cents. Happy Holidays!

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