Nazi German Style Christmas & Other Substitutes for Christ’s Coming

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 12:38 PM
December 24, 2012

    Nazis endeavored to erase Jesus Christ from Christmas celebrations.    Their goals were to reinstitute Celtic celebration of the winter solstice, to unChristianize Christmas stories and carols, and to put Hitlerian war propaganda in their place.

Wikipedia explains:  “Nazi ideologists claimed that the Christian elements of the holiday had been superimposed upon ancient Germanic traditions. They argued that Christmas Eve originally had nothing to do with the birth of Jesus Christ, but instead celebrated the winter solstice and the ‘rebirth of the sun’, that the swastika was an ancient symbol of the sun, . . .” etc.

Nazis denegrated the story of Jesus’ birth and replaced it with the coming of Adolf Hitler, referred to as the ‘Saviour Führer.’  Christmas carols were also changed. The words to ‘Silent Night’ were changed so it made no reference to God, Christ and religion. Words were also changed to the hymn ‘Unto Us a Time Has Come’ so as to remove references to Jesus.

Judith Breuer, presenter of an exhibition of Christmas in Nazi Germany and co-author of ‘Von wegen Heilige Nacht!’ explains:  “Christmas was a provocation for the Nazis — after all, the baby Jesus was a Jewish child.  The most important celebration in the year didn’t fit with their racist beliefs so they had to react, by trying to make it less Christian.”

Ms. Breuer’s mother, Rita Breuer, began collecting Nazi era Christmas cards and other memorabilia of the season some 40 years ago. Soon they discovered swastika symbols on cookie-cutters and tree ornaments.  The two collectors and authors told David Gordon Smith of Spiegel Online International that they also found ornaments of iron crosses, Nazi soldiers, bombs and hand grenades.

Another blog in 2006, ‘St. Nick Scandal in Germany Is Santa Claus a Nazi?’ showed advertisements with St. Nicks giving Nazi salutes.  “Germans shopping for Christmas trinkets have been shocked recently to discover row upon row of Santa Clauses looking to all the world as if they are giving the Hitler salute––right arm, straight as an arrow, raised skyward. Never mind that St. Nick is carrying a bag of toys and wearing a silly red hat complete with a white pom-pom. Shoppers were sure––these Santas were Nazis.”  Once shoppers recognized the Santa scenes as Nazis, store owners torn the ads down.

There are other ways to de-emphasize The LORD’s birth:  Quests for material goods, gaiety and revelry with generous bouts of liquor, and secularization of the season as a time of loneliness away from love ones––all geared to satisfying emotions, rather than celebrating the birth of The Savior of the world.

Cultural studies war history of Nazi Germany can help Americans avoid substitutions for The LORD’s birth.  Otherwise we won’t be ready for His soon Second Coming:  “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory (Matthew 24: 30).”

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