What is the Ancient Meaning of Christmas?

December 19th, 2013

Behold the Sun
At midnight hour
And build with stones
In lifeless clay.
So find in world decline
And in the night of death
Creation’s new beginning
And morning’s youthful strength.
Let heights above reveal
The Gods’ eternal word,
May depths preserve and seal
The peaceful treasure-hoard.
In darkness living
O now create a Sun!
In substance weaving
O know the Bliss of Spirit.

The Christmas Mystery translated by Henry B. Monges

ancient meaning of christmasWhat is the ancient hidden esoteric meaning of Christmas?

What did the wise men of history see expressed in the Christmas Festival?

The essence of the following article comes from The Christmas Festival: A Token of the Victory of the Sun by Rudolf Steiner an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and esotericist.

The celebration of Christmas occurred in Asia and Egypt thousands of years before the birth of Christ. On the longest darkest day of the year, the celebration heralded the victory the Light/the Sun over darkness rather than a wholly materialistic focus on receiving gifts.