This was a Pagan festival day long before it was observed and named "Christmas" by the Christian world. It was the Chaldean festival in honor of the birth of the son of the "Queen of heaven," or Astarte. It was observed among all Pagan nations on the 24th or the 25th of December. It has nothing in
common with the birth of Christ, an event which most probably took place sometime between April and October, for the shepherds were out in the fields at night when the angels appeared to them announcing the birth of our Lord; and it is well known that it is not the custom for shepherds in Palestine to remain with their flocks
at night after October on account of the cold rains, nor did they go out again until after the rainy season, commencing in September or October and ending in Spring. Also at the birth of Christ every man, woman and child was to go to be taxed at the city to which they belonged, and some, as Joseph and Mary, had to journey
a distance. Christ's words in the gospel, "Pray that your flight be not in winter" (Matt.24:20), show that travel in the cold, rainy season of winter was attended with much, discomfort and therefore not a time likely to be chosen for such a taxation when women and children would have to travel and be out in the open.
When Nimrod was deified he was worshipped in the ancient Babylonian system of idolatry as the great Sun-god incarnate. According to their system the Sun was the supreme god. Incarnate in the person of Nimrod, worshiped under the name Tammuz, he met with a violent death claimed to have a certain
meritorious value. A lamentation in memory of this death was celebrated in all Pagan countries, also among the idolatrous Jews (Ez. 8:14). He again reappears on earth reincarnate as the child of the Queen of heaven. This birth which took place, according to the idolaters, soon after the winter Solstice, was
celebrated in all the Pagan world on or around December 25th, with much drunkenness, hilarity and obscene revelry. The boar's head, the goose and yule cakes that are a standard dish for Christmas dinners in many places, are often seen pictured on the ancient monuments in connection with this god and
they had a special place in their drunken festivities in honor of his birth. The cross always used by the Pagans on the cakes was the sign of Tammuz, the cross being the old form of the letter "T", the initial letter of Tammuz.
There is one day given to the Church of God – "the first day of the week" (Acts 20:7) – and our Lord has distinctly told us to remember Him in His death for us, in the breaking of the bread and drinking of the cup, saying, "This do in remembrance of Me,"
but He has not told us to remember Him in His birth, and there is a meaning in all of this. We could have no connection with Christ in the flesh. The corn of wheat must fall into the ground and die, or abide alone (John 12:24). The gospel begins with the death of Christ: "Christ died
for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried, and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures" (I Cor. 15:3, 4). And not only so, the believer has died and risen with Him on new ground. "Wherefore, if ye be dead with Christ" (Col. 2:20); and
"if ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above" (Col. 3:1)