Why is Christmas considered pagan? People living in the northern hemisphere celebrate winter solstice (or the shortest day of the year) smack bang in the middle of December, and this is why Christmas just so happened to fall around the same time as many existing pagan holidays. The winter solstice was a huge part of pagan life.
What is the true origin of Christmas? The origins of Christmas stem from both the pagan and Roman cultures. The Romans actually celebrated two holidays in the month of December. The first was Saturnalia, which was a two-week festival honoring their god of agriculture Saturn. On December 25th, they celebrated the birth of Mithra, their sun god.
What parts of Christmas are pagan?
- Laurel Wreaths.
- Romans Gave Gifts at Saturnia.
- Green Leaves and Red Berries.
Did Christians Steal Christmas? So Christians may have stolen the date from the pagans, or the pagans might have tried to ride the coattails of Jesus’ popularity as the Son of God to worship the Sun God. Either way, we don’t really know who claimed the date first. We don’t know who stole Christmas.