In the handout the pagan association sent home with the school children, they invited the children to come to a pagan ritual at the “church”, “where we’ll explore the traditions of December and their origins.” The news article quotes a list of suggestions to return the original paganism to Christmas, as advocated by pagan organizations. One such suggestion is to:
Reclaim Santa Claus as a pagan godform by decorating him with images that reflect his various heritages ranging from the Greek god Cronos (father time) to Odin, the Scandinavian all-father riding the sky on an eight-legged horse.
The original December holiday was Saturnalia, or the celebration honoring Saturn, as the Romans called it, but its origin was much older than Rome. Who the Romans called Saturn, the Greeks called Cronos, and we can see that today’s pagans still associate Cronos, or Saturn, to December, Santa, and Christmas. Cronos actually originated in Babylon, as did paganism itself. The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop is a fascinating dig into ancient history and the classics on the origin of paganism:
That this deity was Ninus, or Nimrod, we have still further evidence from what the scattered notices of antiquity say of the first deified king of Babylon, under a name that identifies him as the husband of Rhea (mother nature or Ishtar; more on her coming). That name is Kronos or Saturn. It is well known that Kronos, or Saturn, was Rhea’s husband; but it is not so well known who was Kronos himself. Traced back to his original, that divinity is proved to have been the first king of Babylon. (Proofs follow in the text.)
The name Kronos itself goes not a little to confirm the argument (that Kronos was Nimrod, the first king of Babylon). Kronos signifies “the Horned One.” As a horn is a well-known oriental symbol for power or might, Kronos, the horned one, was, according to the Babylonian mysticism, just a synonym for the Scriptural epithet applied to Nimrod: the mighty one (Gen 10:8). The name Kronos, as the classical reader is well aware, is applied to Saturn as the father of the gods.
The meaning of this name Kronos, the horned one, as applied to Nimrod, fully explains the origin of the remarkable symbol, so frequently occurring among the Nineveh sculptures, the gigantic horned man-bull, as representing the great divinities in Assyria. The same word that signifies a bull, meant also a ruler or prince. Hence the horned bull signified the “mighty prince” thereby pointing back to the first of those mighty ones who occupied so conspicuous a place in the ancient world.
This explains why the Bacchus (from Bar-Cush, or son of Cush — who was Nimrod) of the Greeks was represented as wearing horns, and why he was frequently addressed by the epithet “bull-horned” as one of the high titles of his dignity.
The name for a bull or ruler, is in Hebrew without the points, shur, which in Chaldee (Babylonian) becomes tur. From tur, in the sense of a bull, comes the Latin taurus, and from the same word, in the sense of a ruler, turannus, which originally had no evil meaning.
Our word tyrant comes from turannus, which means an absolute ruler, of which Nimrod was the first, according to Josephus.
So why was December associated with Saturn? Nimrod and Cush were also worshiped as the sun, and on the winter solstice, December 21st, the sun has its nativity: the days cease shortening and begin lengthening. A week of festivities from the winter solstice to New Year’s, in which “father time,” another name for Cronos, was reborn as the new year, marked Saturnalia. Antiquity’s Saturn, who was Nimrod deified, is today’s Santa. Because the nativity of the sun was celebrated during this time, the early Roman church set Christ’s mass on December 25th, the nativity, or birth, of the son (of God).
Nimrod was the first to rebel against God the Creator after the Flood, and defy His command to spread abroad in the earth. He was the first to claim that it was not God, but nature, who was the Creator, and so his rebellion was the origin of both paganism and evolution. You had no idea that witchcraft and darwinsim were so closely tied together, but they in fact share the same root.