The National "Keep Christ Out Of Xmas" Committee
by Rel Davis
More than 10 years ago, after seeing one too many of those "remember the
reason for the season" articles in my local paper, I formed the National
Keep Christ Out of X-mas Committee.
Each year since that time I have sent press releases to local papers from
the Committee, trying to set the record straight about Yule, Thor-Santa,
and the pagan message of the season.
Included with this article is a copy of a press release I have sent out
to papers, with another copy of it you can adapt for your own use. If you
are reading this article, and you are a pagan, you are hereby appointed "Local
Secretary" of the NKCOXC! Make copies locally and send them to your local
They won't know what to do about them! And quite often they print them
(usually heavily edited).
SAMPLE PRESS RELEASE
National Keep Christ Out of Xmas Committee
city, state, zip
For more information: your phone number
The Yuletide holidays aren't the exclusive property of Christians, reminds your
name, Local Secretary of the National Keep Christ Out of Xmas Committee.
For thousands of years before the birth of Jesus, people all over the world
celebrated the winter solstice in much the same way we do today. Evergreens,
candles, gifts, wreaths, holly, mistletoe and the traditional "groaning board" are
ancient activities of this season.
Your name and title if applicable says he/she has nothing
against Christians celebrating Christmas, "but when they try to claim exclusive
rights to the holiday, they are going too far."
"Not only does the Jewish Hanukkah fall around this season, the ancient
Roman Saturnalia, the pagan Yule, and new year's festivals all over the world
also take place around the solstice.
"This was the ancient festival of the birth of the sun," your last name points
out, "when the sun 'stood still' (solstice) before climbing back into the
sky again. As such, it was sacred to Apollo, Thor, Christ and other solar
"Jesus could not have been born on December 25," your last name says, "because
'Shepherds watching their sheep by night' would have been in Bethlehem only
in the spring. In fact, Christianity celebrated the birth of Jesus in the
spring for hundreds of years, finally moving the holiday to December 25 in
order to compete with pagan celebrations at that time.
"And long before Santa Claus was identified erroneously with an obscure
priest in the South of France (Nicholas)," your last name says, "the
masses in northern Europe waited each December 25 for Sinter (or Cinder)
Klaus -- the name given to the Good God Thor at Yuletide.
"Thor drove a flying sled pulled by two goats: Gnasher and Dasher. He wore
red and white fur-trimmed clothing. He descended the chimney (his ancient
altar). And he brought gifts to all children.
"The Yule season has been a sacred period of peace, love and giving for
thousands of years," your last name says. "All peoples own the holiday
and all traditions should be remembered at this time of year -- not just
the mythical stories about the Christ-child."
Anyone interested in learning more about the traditional Yuletide, or in
supporting the work of the National Keep Christ Out of Xmas Committee, may
send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Rel Davis, NKCOXC,
P.O. Box 1554,
Hollywood, FL 33022
(or your address)