The Babylonian Origins of Christmas Traditions
There is strong correlation between Ancient Babylonian mythology and the Abrahamic religions followed by billions today and many of our traditional Christmas customs stem from Babylonian practices of Princess Ennigaldi's time.
Nimrod, presented in the Book of Genesis as a “young mighty hunter before the Lord,” was the original child worship figure and regarded as a protective leader during his lifetime in Babylon. Upon his death, he became the Sun God and his birth was celebrated around the time of the winter solstice with great revelry. Also known as Tammuz, the nativity of this sun god was conveyed and worshipped through carved figures placed in chambers to welcome the son of the sun, leading to the nativity manger scenes that still decorate churches and homes around the world at this time of year.
The winter solstice was a time of great celebration in pagan tradition as it marked the beginning of the sun’s ascent and new life to come. Green foliage and trees were heralded as symbols of Nimrod as they signified the rebirth of the sun. Evergreen trees were decorated to honour Nimrod’s eternal light and leaves and sprigs were formed into the shape of the sun and from these practices stemmed the Christmas trees and wreaths we know and love to decorate so well today.
Christmas is a magical time of year and even as worldly grown-ups we must not forget that miracles can happen and all wishes can come true if you believe they can. Our bags, designed under the spellbinding inspiration of Ancient Babylon, carry the belief in the extraordinary. At Ennigaldi, we all wish you a truly magical Christmas and joyful time over the holiday season and may all your Christmas wishes come true.