A child (children) being in charge of the household during Christmas has its origin in the ancient Yuletide custom called the Mock King. It was the custom in Babylon for masters to be subject to their servants, and one of them ruled the house clothed in purple robes. This Mock King literally enjoyed the real king’s concubines, and after reigning for five days was stripped, scourged, and killed.
This servant-made-king custom was adopted by the Roman Saturnalia, which is the most immediate predecessor to our modern Christmas Season by the way. A record of the Mock King tradition practiced during the Roman Saturnalia has survived: “In 303 AD, a young conscript named Dasius had the misfortune of being picked as the King of the Saturnalia by soldiers of the Roman Legion stationed in a distant province. As such, he was to be provided with all the trappings of royalty… finally, at the conclusion of the festival, he was to be sacrificed to Saturnus (Saturn). But Dasius happened to be a Christian and therefore refused the honor, with some dire consequences.” He was promptly martyred. Please refer to http://wp.me/p158HG-pV.
The Mock King tradition continued down through the centuries without the human sacrifice element by way of the Feast of Fools, the Lord of Misrule, and the Twelfth Night King and Queen. Take for example that the Lord of Misrule was appointed on All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween) for the Christmas to come. Known also as the “Master of Merry Disport,” the “Abbot of Unreason,” and the “Christmas King,” the man acting as the Lord of Misrule was the personification of disorder, fun, and merriment. This jester was the principle ingredient in the medieval celebration of Christmas.
The social inversion where the master became a servant and a servant was in charge for the winter holiday season (or for a day or two) shifted into high gear with the new and improved American Christmas. The 17th century Puritans condemned the profoundly pagan revelries of the Lord of Misrule. Before the 1820s in America, Christmas was a time of heavy drinking and promiscuity when the rules that governed society (boundaries that governed people’s behavior) was temporarily abandoned in favor of unrestrained carnival.
With the growth of American cities in the early 19th century, the December Mardi Gras behavior became more threatening when combined with urban gang violence and Christmas Season Riots. By 1820, Christmas misrule could no longer be ignored by the respectable citizens of New York City, so some wealthy New Yorkers fashioned Christmas into a domestic ritual.
The American Christmas was forged with the Victorian values of family, children, goodwill, and nostalgia in the early 19th century. The domesticated Christmas rituals centers around the family, but especially the children. Social historian Stephen Nissenbaum tells us that the Christmas tree tradition is a direct outgrowth from parents being concerned over putting children at the center of Christmas. Ultimately, the Christmas tree was brought into the domesticated Christmas to manipulate the behavior of children. With the introduction of the Christmas tree to the American Christmas, the focus was supposed to shift from the children to the tree.
Unbeknownst to many, the evergreen element returned us full circle to Christmas’s original pagan root. The setting apart of evergreen trees can be traced back to the time just prior to the nations being disbursed from the Tower of Babel (i.e. Babylon). An old Babylonian tale is told of an evergreen tree, which sprang out of a dead tree stump. The old stump symbolized the dead first worldly king Nimrod, the evergreen tree was said to symbolize that Nimrod come back to life again in Tammuz. Far and wide in the realms of ancient paganism, the birth of the son of the Babylonian Queen of Heaven was celebrated at the time of midwinter – December 25th before the Roman shift in time.
It’s interesting that in the ancient Chaldean language of Babylon, “Yule” is the name for an infant or little child. This makes sense since the Yule Log tradition primordially was part of the birth celebration of the sun god. The Yule Log represented Nimrod cut down in the prime of his life and in the heights of his power; and then, he was cut into pieces and burned. An evergreen tree, which sprang out of the old tree stump, represented Nimrod come back to life in his son Tammuz. Traditionally, the Yule Log was brought into a home on December 24th. Therefore, the very name by which Christmas also is known – Yule Day or the Yuletide Season – not only links back to its Babylonian origin, but also to centering on children.
In Babylon, there were literally infant sacrifices made to Moloch during this season. In America today, the well-being of many children are still being sacrificed too – minimally feeding an entitled and spoilt disposition. Feeding one’s flesh will never satisfy, and an idol will always break the hearts of its worshipers, because we were made to worship the one and only King of Kings and Lord of Love.
* This is a clarion call to His Pure & Spotless Bride. Yeshua (Jesus) is saying, “Come out of Babylon and lay down Christmas, for I WILL have a pure and spotless Bride.”
NOTE: I yield to LOVE who is asking that I reveal the darker side of Christmas this season in a series called “THIS IS CHRISTMAS.” Personally, I prefer to focus on the King of kings and His Kingdom.
Warning – This series will shake your man-made and religious traditions to the core, if you are a Christian. If you are not a Christian, it will confirm what you already know deep down inside. I have found when I, as a Christian, admit the historical and Scriptural accuracy as it relates to Christmas, those who are not Christians are pleasantly surprised. They laugh and it creates an open dialogue. When pagans, witches, Hindus, Buddhists, Satanists, etc run into His unconditional love that is joined with a serving of His Truth, I’m seeing walls come down and His light and love illuminating their world.
We will start out with some of the more tame topics. Then strap on your seat belts folks, because it’s a rough roller coaster ride that’s going to take us literally to the depths of hell and to the heights of man building a name and kingdom for themselves.
Originally posted 12-17-2013 – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=744714708890683&set=a.503516173010539.126287.100000564821618&type=1&theater
Copyright Dec. 17, 2013 – Author: Robin Main.
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More historically and scripturally accurate information can be found in in my book: SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up (available on amazon http://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353692179&sr=1-1&keywords=SANTA_TIZING).