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By Betty Freauf

December 11, 2003

When did these Yuletide traditions in America start? One source says these traditions first began during the 19th century when a host of European customs were brought to America - mostly by German and English immigrants- and assimilated into American culture.

Another source says Christmas as is generally celebrated today is one of the many carry overs from former Catholic Martin Luther's Reformation: Christ + Mass = Christmas. In short, Christmas is strictly a Roman Catholic word.

And while many legends exist regarding the green tree, the Bible says it is associated with idolatry and false worship (I Kings 14:23) and reveals clearly that the environmentalist movement is a type of "religion" that prevails over sensible forest management practices in the U.S. and is being promoted in our public schools. Pastor Meyer from Last Trumpet Ministries says trees, wreaths, holly, mistletoe and the like are strictly forbidden as pagan and heathen.

Meyer, who was formerly into the occult, says the Lord never spoke of commemorating his birth but rather commanded us to remember the sacrifice of His suffering and death, which purchased our salvation and how does Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer fit into the Christmas equation?

It is hard to believe that today, when stores used to refrain from putting Christmas decorations out at least until after Thanksgiving that in the last decade, greedy merchants are starting after Halloween.

In the month of December we hear Jingle Bells on the mall P.A. system but it is the jingle jangle jingle of the cash register trying to improve the profit and loss statement before year end that counts and then comes the juggling of bills from the Christmas shopping spree and one week after Christmas, many will be singing Auld Lang Syne in a drunken stupor on New Year's Eve completely forgetting about Jesus.

And like the geese flying south for the winter, brainwashed people begin to mentally make preparation for those stressed-out holidays where they join in the masses at the mall purchasing items which advertisers assure them is part of the joy of Christmas and if they snooze, they lose that special item because it will be sold out.

But the holiday season is extremely hard for many who cannot afford such splurging, those who are unemployed, and heart wrenching for those who have lost a loved one during the year and are still in deep depression or those who have gone through a bitter divorce or other crisis.

While many neighborhoods take on the magical character of a fantasy world with all their lights and other Christmas paraphernalia collected over the years and feverishly compete with perhaps another neighborhood down the road, loneliness is prevalent and suicides are up during this time.

Next to Social Security, Christmas is also a type of a glorified Ponzi scheme which doesn't use future "indentured investors" like Social Security does but instead uses second and third mortgages, home equity loans, job promotions, bonuses, etc. to pay the skyrocketing credit card bills and when they run out of these items, they file bankruptcy.

Ponzi was a famous swindler, who, in 1920, raised enormous amounts of capital from unwary investors, promising to pay them huge returns, which he did - for awhile. The problem was that his ability to repay both principal and profit to old investors depended solely on his ability to raise money from new investors. After investors became suspicious, panic spread, new investors were hard to come by and it was only a matter of time until the whole Ponzi Scheme collapsed.

With the Supreme Court Roe -vs- Wade decision in 1973, millions of potential taxpayers have been aborted. While many young people used to support the Social Security system, those younger "benefactors" have been growing fewer and fewer in number every year. The unfounded Social Security debt relies totally on the younger people to pay.

In fact, due to their promiscuous lifestyles, many of these young people are also collecting Social Security disability benefits which is a further drain on the system. Couple that with young widows and widowers who receive bigger monthly security benefits for their minor children than their folks who have worked many years are receiving, we can see where there is trouble ahead for Social Security which initially was meant to subsidize the elderly and no more.

Con artists today use the same tactics. It is called "pyramiding" and on a more amateur basis, the infamous chain letters. In both cases, if Big Brother finds these tactics being played out on John Doe public, they'll try to prosecute the perpetrators but government gets away with it and businesses use advertising techniques which say, "Come into my web said the spider to the fly!"

And so it is this time around for another Christmas season -- another Ponzi scheme of sorts and millions of people are only one paycheck away from welfare and the homeless shelters which are over flowing and where even educated people with college degrees find themselves living and who knows what foreign investors are holding the mortgages on the homes that have not yet fallen into the abyss because of lack of payment.

Far too many families are following the example of the federal government and running deficits they will never be able to pay off just so they can keep up with the Jones family next door not realizing they are up to their neck in alligators also. What these last two generations of people have never experienced is a good, old-fashioned depression. Their mantra has been: Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die and social security will be broke and the stock market collapsed.

And it seems to be the more we push Christianity out of our country while allowing a variety of anti-God religions to multiply, the worse these situations seem to escalate.

Even though scholars tire of hearing it, the truth of Alexis deTocqueville's statement is hard to ignore. The famed French thinker repeatedly said it was America's religious bond, which was stronger than that of either Rome or Greece, that held her together. But it is becoming clearer every day to more and more people that America is no longer being held together. The divisions are very obvious and very great. While some still keep their anger suppressed causing high blood pressure and other medical problems, others are speaking out about their honest frustrations which oftentimes is misconstrued as "hate".

And that brings me to December 25th when already stressed-out families up to their neck in debt pile on more debt and hope their jobs will be there until they can get it paid off in some future decade.

Many should be frothing at the mouth about the advent season lies rather than perpetuating them.

December 25th - Christmas day - has been ensconced so deeply into Society and promoted by well-meaning, but deceived pastors from the pulpits that it is difficult to take a stand against it. I personally do not believe my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, allegedly the reason for the season, would want this type of commercialized activity going on in His name. After all, He came into this world in a manger. His mother and Joseph were poor. While God manifested himself in the flesh through His son, Jesus Christ, and Christmas cards often say, "Peace on earth, good will to men," the atheist Planned Parenthood crowd is selling cards that say, "Choice on Earth..." advertising more abortions and the shedding of innocent blood not to mention the long-term physical and psychological effects on women who have them.

A December 1996 Christian News article said only 33% in a poll cite Jesus' birth as most important element of Christmas which basically says that Christ has been evicted from the manger and I suspect that percentage is even higher today. While other religious celebrations are being promoted in the public schools across America, Christ has been evicted from their Christmas programs.

After my mother's death many years ago, I was cleaning out her home and the Christmas decorations were in a box when a Jehovah Witness acquaintance of hers dropped by to visit. She said, "Christmas is a pagan holiday." I was aghast. I was ready to put on the gloves.

Now, I'm far from the JW religion but common sense has shown me she was right at least in that one point. One source says our savior, Jesus Christ, was born when the shepherds were abiding in the fields. Australia right now is experiencing their summer but in Israel, the shepherds only abide in the fields in the spring when it is warmer and the fields are green with new grass.

In the book New Age Bible Versions (C) 1993 it says "Ole Nick" is listed among the fallen angels or devils in the Dictionary of Fallen Angels and other scholars concur that Christ was born in the fall on the 4th day of the feast of tabernacles. December 25th is actually "the feast in honor of the birth of the son of The Babylonian Queen of Heaven", later called Saturnalia by the heathen Romans."

When a person tries to speak to the pastors about putting so much emphasis into this pagan December holiday season, they and others claim it is simply "tradition" and so they follow along blindly. While I may be taking two words in John 11:33-35 out of context, in my humble opinion: JESUS WEPT

� 2003 Betty Freauf - All Rights Reserved

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Betty is a former Oregon Republican Party activist having served as state party secretary, county chairman, 5th congressional vice chairman and then elected chairman, and a precinct worker for many years. Betty is a researcher, freelance journalist and a regular contributer to  E-Mail: [email protected]









"While God manifested himself in the flesh through His son, Jesus Christ, and Christmas cards often say, "Peace on earth, good will to men," the atheist Planned Parenthood crowd is selling cards that say, "Choice on Earth..."