How Red & Green Became the Colors of Christmas

Holly King Pagan Yule

Pagan Holly King

This article is one of many to show that Christmas is actually the Catholic and Pagan religions merging together. When you celebrate Christmas you are merging together with the Catholic church and joining in with pagan festivities not matter how stubborn you have become and say that it isn’t true. Please do some research and you will find what I am saying is true. See the following 2 links while you are here. God bless.

CHRISTMAS IS A PAGAN HOLIDAY [bblessedtoday.net]

WORLD HEADQUARTERS OF THE UN-CHRIST-MASS [blessedquietness.com]

 Colossians 2:8   Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

via How Red & Green Became the Colors of Christmas.

How Red & Green Became the Colors of Christmas

christmas-colors-15If I say “Christmas colors” I bet red and green instantly come to mind but have you ever wondered how these two colors came to represent our most celebrated holiday?

Like any longstanding tradition there are enough stories about its origins to keep a cultural anthropologist busy for a long time but I have a few favorite theories that come complete with the color and controversy that makes any tale worth retelling.

holly sprigs with a red and green color scheme palette

Some think that it all began with the shiny green leaves and bright red berries of a sprig of holly.  A good thought since red and green are the only bright colors that seem to survive in nature when temperatures plummet but this isn’t why we link red and green to Christmas.

The Roman’s celebrated Saturnalia a December festival that honored the god Saturn and preceded the celebrating of Christmas.  During the Saturnalia festival holly wreaths were given as gifts.

It has been said that in the 4th century leaders in the Catholic Church came up with the idea to celebrate Christmas on December 25 in order to outdo the Saturnalia festivities of the pagan religion that at the time threatened Christianity’s existence.  Even though it is thought that Christ birth actually took place during the spring the December date was chosen to celebrate the birth of Christ and to compete with the rival festival.

Sounds like a modern day battle of brands rather than the origins of a religious holiday doesn’t it?  Of course if you are going to usurp the holiday why not take over the symbols, too and give them some deeper, and of course religious meanings.

It is said that only the holly tree consented to be cut down and its wood made into a cross to bear Jesus. Some Christians believe that Jesus wore a crown of holly thorns whose berries were originally white. As Jesus’ blood touched the berries, they turned red. The green leaves of the holly plant have come to represent everlasting life and the berries the blood of Jesus. –BBC Religion, Christmas Traditions

Years later church fathers also gave a nod to Holly as a decoration to replace mistletoe.  What?  I love mistletoe.  Why would anyone want to replace mistletoe?
christmas colors green mistletoe with red ribbonBack to religious leaders and their desire to squelch pagan beliefs.  About two hundred years before the birth of Christ mistletoe was used by the Druids to celebrate the coming of winter.  When congregation members began using mistletoe as Christmas decoration,,,you guessed it.  This would never do so church fathers suggested that sprigs of holly would be a more appropriate adornment and suitable replacement for mistletoe.

And here my first though was that they didn’t like mistletoe because it allowed you to surprise anyone standing beneath it with a big kiss.  Silly me!

pointsettia plant shows christmas colors of red and greenPOINTSETTIAS

Many think that the tradition of red and green started with the  poinsettia plant but that didn’t become a symbol of Christmas until much more recently.  Recent at least when you look at the big timeline of all human history.

The poinsettia is native to Mexico where its yellow flower surrounded by bright red leaves (yep the flower is the small yellow center and the red many think of as the blossom are actually the top leaves) is symbolic of the star of Bethlehem.

The plant along with its Christmas symbolism was first introduced to America in 1828 by America’s first ambassador to Mexico Joel Poinsett who the popular plant was named after.  Hmm, how do you get to have a plant named after you?  I’m sure there is more to that story but that could take me way off track and I have presents to open.

Anyway poinsettias may be considered the flower of Christmas but they aren’t the reason we think red and green.

christmas colors green and red shown in apples and pine

PINE GREEN & APPLE RED

I think the most likely root of the red and green tradition dates back to the 1300s when Adam and Eve’s Day was celebrated on December 24th.  Each year on this day churches traditionally presented a Paradise Play depicting the story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden.

Now you can’t have a story about Adam and Eve without an apple tree but since it wasn’t easy to find a real tree full of ripe, red apples during the winter apples someone came up with the idea of fastening apples to the branches of a pine tree.  This decorated pine tree represented the Tree of Good and Evil.  But the tree wasn’t only seen in the play.  Churches began adding a tree donning red apples into their Christmas displays.

The decorated tree that began as a prop for the Paradise play was so popular especially in Germany, that people began to put pine trees up in their homes during the holiday, decorating them with red apples, as the church folks had done and the tradition of having a Christmas treee was born.

The idea spread and both Christmas trees and the color combination of red and green were well on its way to becoming official symbols of the Christmas holiday.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

The LGBT Agenda to Destroy America

Sodom ~ New Film Exposes the Lies of Organized LGBT ‘Acceptance’ (English w/ Russian subtitles) Oct. 17, 2014

This damning documentary was made by a Russian production company, but thankfully, the audio is in English (with Russian subtitles). The promotion of homosexuality, bi-sexuality, and transgenderism agenda was designed to destroy America and worldwide traditional societal values.

How can I be saved and go to heaven when I die?

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This is something I asked and went looking for the answer about 11 years ago. At that time there was a book called the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren that I tried to look to see if I could get saved from that book. In a way it was interesting but in a way that wasn’t really a good idea in hindsight because Rick Warren is a heretic and I don’t recommend him. After years of making mistakes in the beginning I just want you to know you will not find God or true Christianity in Mega churches or from TV preachers. Stay away from Catholic and Orthodox churches. If the clergy are wearing robes, get out. It’s man made tradition. The scary part is that there are many people putting out different things so it is best to stick to the bible.  If I were to say it in a nutshell, I would say John 3:16 is the way.

I tell people that they should read the book of John which tells the most about Jesus than any other book in the bible and is one of the gospels and then I also tell them to follow the instructions in Romans 10 and John 3. It’s even best if someone walks you through it and I am hoping to do that here.

If you want to come to Christ, it is by faith. I hope that you will read the book of John or Luke and then make a decision whether you want to follow Jesus the rest of your life. John 3 and Romans 10 are instructions on how to receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and there is always no better time than today to get saved and become a Christian.

If you want to hear an audio teaching that is very detailed on how to get saved, here is a 3 part audio teaching on the Good News of Jesus Christ

This is a one page condensed simple plan on how to get saved. God’s Simple Plan of Salvation

Here is a video/audio presentation by Adrian Rogers How to be Saved and Know It

Acts 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from everyone of us:

 

Here are some similar and helpful links from bblessedtoday.net

The Gospel Message To Change Your Life

I Just God Saved, Now What?

What About Those Who Have Never Heard of Jesus Christ?

Testimony of a Life Changed

Romans Road To Salvation

End Times Gospel Tracts

Bible Verses That Convict

Independent Fundamental Baptist Church Directory

What Should I Do Now That I Celebrated Halloween?

 

 

What is Halloween and why do we celebrate it?

Halloween is Samhainan old Celtic holiday brought to North America from Ireland celebrated by real witches and Druids and people who practice pagan witchcraft and sorcery. Another name for this holiday is Samhain or All Hallows Eve.Today it is celebrated by pagans and real modern day witches and their magic is real.

 

More than a time of pretend, it is truly a serious matter.The stores use this dark holiday of real dark spirits and witch festivity to make lots of money by making it a day for children to wear costumes and get candy. This looks like fun and people get a kick out of the fear factor. In reality this holiday comes from very evil roots and pagan traditions so it is not right for us as Christians to do these sort of things. We are not to have fellowship with darkness.

Freddy Krueger costume for kids to emulate a murderer from a movie. What wholesome fun, right? Not!

Freddy Krueger costume for kids to emulate a murderer from a movie. What wholesome fun, right? Not!

 

1 Thessalonians 5:22   Abstain from all appearance of evil.

2 Corinthians 6:14   Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

 

 

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Sorcery looks really awesome the way they make it look in the movies, books and on television but this is how they lure kids to celebrate Halloween.  The truth is that all their magic comes from the same place which is the Devil who is an expert at lying and tricking people and luring people to do what is wrong. People think they are doing something harmless and fun but this is not true. There is no white magic or good magic, it is all demonic and evil. God who is good does not want us to have anything to do with witches, ghosts and wizardry.

 

 

Deuteronomy 18:10   There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

Deuteronomy 18:11   Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

Deuteronomy 18:12   For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

 Leviticus 19:31   Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

 

I just celebrate Halloween. What should I do now?

You can ask God for forgiveness and next year you can do something else like stay at home at watch a documentary or movie that has nothing to do with Halloween. You can pray for other people in your town who don’t know the truth about Halloween and tell them about how Halloween is not really good for Christians to get involved with. You can also get good candy that is GMO free and/or organic and tape them to gospel tracts and then pass them out next year and instead of trick-or-treating.

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 1 John 1:9   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If you are not Christian or not sure if you are, please see the most famous bible verse in the whole bible”

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

 

 

Do you want to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior?

God’s gift of salvation

God’s simple plan on how to get saved.

How to be Saved and Know It by Adrian Rogers

Romans Road to Salvation

The Gospel Message to Change Your Life

Acts 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from everyone of us:

 

If you have any questions for me, please leave a comment.

 

God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways: A Fornicating Society is Filled With STDs

3 percent of Americans

 

Isaiah 55:8   For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

  Isaiah 55:9   For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

Turns out God is right! You all knew that, right? God’s word says Adultery and Fornication is wrong.  Just in case there are young minds out there I am not going to get graphic in word or images and make it simple. Fornication is sex before marriage. It is about touching people in a way that only a married couple should touch each other.  Even kissing and making out is not for people who are not married. Even lusting after others is wrong too. Adultery is flirting with anyone or having sexual relations with anyone who is not your spouse. Even if the other person is separated or divorced, you are still committing adultery. It seems harsh if you haven’t been taught anything on the matter and live like the world does. It’s everywhere, on TV, in the movies, on the streets, in school, in college and everywhere you go. This culture of fornicating and committing adultery is wrong because God’s word says it is wrong. If God’s word says it is wrong, that is God telling you and warning you and teaching you. Don’t get angry and offensive and shove the truth saying, everyone is doing it, I will get married to this person, we love each other and what is wrong with love? Or maybe you are saying, there is nothing wrong with it because it is quite normal and even people at church do it. You know that is not a good enough reason to live like the world and do what everyone else is doing.

 

The number of Sexually Transmitted Diseases is very high. I will give you some facts that might surprise you. The information is from http://www.std-gov.org/

  • 65 million of people living in the US with STD
  • 15 million of new STD cases each year
  • 2/3 of all STD’s occurs in people 25 yrs of age or younger
  • one in four new STD cases occur in teenagers
  • cervical cancer in women is linked to HPV
  • doctors are required to report newly diagnosed STD cases of gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia andhepatitis B to state health departments and the CDC
  • one in four Americans have genital herpes, 80% of those with herpes are unaware they have it
  • at least one in four Americans will contract an STD at some point in their lives
  • 15% of all infertile American women are infertile because of tubal damage caused by untreated STD
  • 12% of all infertile American men are infertile because of inflammation of the testicles and sterility caused by untreated STD

Do you think that if a Christian man and woman who are virgins who get married and do not commit adultery, get a divorce and get involved with others and do not live like the world will have statistics like this? No way. They will have zero unless something happens like if one were to get raped or the Red Cross gives them tainted blood from a homosexual with AIDs through a blood transfusion. Maybe something like this may happen that is out of their control. Even so the statistics above would be considerably lower if people would listen to God.

Young people, mature people, please be a good example if you are Christians and do what is right even if other people are doing something else and you desire to remarry. Be different. You are to be separated to God and be different.

 

 Romans 12:1   I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,which is your reasonable service.

 Romans 12:2   And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 Romans 1:28   And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

 Romans 1:29   Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

  Romans 1:30   Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

  Romans 1:31   Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

  Romans 1:32   Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Galatians 5:19   Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

  Galatians 5:20   Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

  Galatians 5:21   Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

  Galatians 5:22   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

  Galatians 5:23   Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

  Galatians 5:24   And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 

If you are messing up and shacking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend or have already sinned. Stop now and make a decision to stop and follow Jesus and do what is right. Ask for forgiveness and walk in a new way even if you are the only one you know who is doing it God’s way. Get out of the cycle of living like people on TV or the movies and everyone in town and say no to fornication and adultery.  In reality there are people all around the world making the decision to do things God’s ways . God bless you.

 

What about those who never heard about Jesus Christ?

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People keep asking, what about those who never heard of Jesus? Even from people who say they are Christian. I noticed different denominations have different answers and some people use the modern versions to make it look like they could have a special grace to enter by their good works. There are not different ways, there is only one way and that is through faith on Jesus Christ.

I was just going through different websites and they are giving different answers. I don’t agree with all of them, especially from liberal churches and churches that use an NIV or have other books than the bible as scripture and have special prophets they follow. There are all sorts of ministries and some of them are big ones and they are actually teaching that there are other ways to God. That some can come in if they are good people and God will judge them and show them mercy even though they never knew Jesus. They use different bibles, a big tip off to show they use the bible versions to say whatever it is they want to say even if it is not what the plain word says. I trust the King James Bible. I don’t trust those modern versions.  I’ve done my research and you can read my thoughts on the matter on this website.

Personally and through God’s word, I don’t see different ways to Christ. What about people in jungles and mountains who never heard the gospel? I’ve seen missionaries go through jungles and climb mountains and go to small Islands to give the gospel. We see people risking their life in North Korea and Saudi Arabia and Iran and places where they know they will face death. I’ve even see someone talk about witnessing to someone while they were being slashed by a knife in South America. The gospel is out everywhere, even so, all people are from the 8 people in Noah’s ark. They all knew through their early fathers who God is and how many know about Jesus and reject Him? Their wicked family members at some point walked away from God and took other gods and what did it do to their kids?They cursed their own children. People are doing that today. The atheists are cursing their children telling them there is no God. The people of other religions are cursing their children telling them about a different god. The people of cult families who have a false Jesus are cursing their children with a Jesus that is unbiblical and comes from the minds of men twisting scripture and claiming to be prophets and to have knowledge equal to scripture. They all curse their families.
I know that sounds incredible narrow minded but I don’t care, it is a narrow way. The answer is simple, the answer is Jesus! Believe on Jesus! Seek God and seek to know the gospel of Jesus Christ. Desire to know God and God will show you.

 Matthew 7:13   Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Matthew 7:14   Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way,  which leadeth unto life,  and few there be that find it.

How many people have access to computers and bibles? The way is here for all people! God will show them if they want salvation. God is just and loving and merciful and will do it! He will put someone in your life or a way you can have access to a bible or a missionary who desires to tell you the gospel. God makes this desire in all people because if you look at people who are isolated and living away from civilization they all have spiritual beliefs in a god or gods! They know they are not alone and there is a higher power.

Romans 10:8   But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

  Romans 10:9   That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

  Romans 10:10   For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

  Romans 10:11   For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

  Romans 10:12   For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

  Romans 10:13   For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

  Romans 10:14   How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

  Romans 10:15   And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

  Romans 10:16   But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

  Romans 10:17   So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

  Romans 10:18   But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

  Romans 10:19   But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.

  Romans 10:20   But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.

  Romans 10:21   But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

Anyway, those are my thoughts, I guess I can talk about it more but this is a great sermon on the matter and I just love listening to good preaching. I am shedding a tear as I say that I am so amazed at the power of the Baptist preachers who use the KJV. There is a boldness and a power that can only come from the Holy Spirit. I used to go to different churches, especially non-denominational and those preachers are very calm and they are afraid to say something controversial. When they do I hear people say amen and I see people nodding their heads. I think they are thirsty for these type of sermons but don’t know where to get it. You won’t get it from TV or from a mega church. It isn’t popular. You won’t get it from an NIV church. They are calm and friendly and try to give you a smiling sermon that looks good and is filled with cartoony modern graphics that look great but they are lacking something. I hope if you are going to an NIV church you will try to listen to some of the sermons I post up and notice the power of the preaching from the King James Bible. Things will start changing when you get away from the Contemporary NIV corporate churches with the rock bands and the false happiness. They look fake when they smile. It’s all fake. If you believe these people you don’t have discernment and are a sucker to get duped. You will end up giving money to people who care about money and buildings and concerts more than giving the gospel. They have their priorities all wrong. Hope you wake up and get out of those fake churches.

Please listen, God bless.

WHAT ABOUT THE HEATHEN? (Sermon by David F. Reagan)

 

 

 

Never heard of Jesus tribal man