What is "Christmas"?

What is "Christmas"? —The word, “Christmas,” means “Mass of Christ” or, as it came to be shortened, “Christ-Mass.” It came to the modern world from the Roman Catholic Church. Unfortunately, they did not get it from the Bible, but from paganism. Read this:

“Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church . . The first evidence of the feast is from Egypt. Pagan customs centering around the January calends [the pagan calendar] gravitated to Christmas.”— Catholic Encyclopedia, 1911 ed., “Christmas.”

Origen, an early Christian writer, said this about celebrating birthdays in the Bible:

“In the Scriptures, no one is recorded to have kept the feast or held a great banquet on his [Christ’s] birthday. It is only sinners [like Pharaoh or Herod] who make great rejoicings over the day in which they were born into this world.”— Origen, quoted in Catholic Encyclopedia, 11th ed., “Natal Day.”

Christmas, Easter, and Halloween by Vance Ferrell



How Did Christmas Get Into The Christian Church? — In one brief paragraph, the New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge tells us how the December 25 holiday entered the Christian church:

When Was Jesus Born? — It is well-known among Biblical scholars that Jesus was not born in December because the shepherds were never out in the fields with their sheep at that time. “There were in the