Do Pagans Believe in Jesus and Celebrate Christmas?
In my own experiences, I have found that many Pagans do believe in Jesus, though our beliefs vary and are not the same as the beliefs of popular Christian religions.
Pagans don't usually adhere to the idea that Jesus was the son of God. Some believe that he was a great prophet and may even consider him to be divine in a way.
Most who believe in him find great value in his teachings. It's also true that many Pagans do celebrate Christmas, as well as Yule or Winter Solstice, etc.
As a Pagan and eclectic witch, I believe in Jesus to be divine, yet really no more divine than the rest of us. I believe he came in a form that was very spiritually evolved. I believe that Jesus held some of the most true secrets of the universe, including the fact that none of us are really separate. I believe he was able to love everyone as he was able to love himself, for that very reason.
Jesus had much to teach the world, that they may not have been ready to listen to or understand. He was a great teacher and a value to many even 2,000 years after his death.
I can't say that I believe that he died for our sins, as I don't believe in sin. I believe we have pre-determined, before birth, what all we want to experience and learn in this lifetime. I don't believe in Satan or Hell, or that anything "bad" happens to any one of us after we pass on. I believe all of life is a learning experience to help us evolve spiritually.
Many Pagans believe that the circumstances involving the birth and death of Jesus is in part myth, a lot of it borrowed from previous Pagan beliefs of other deities. Yes, there are other stories of Pagan Goddesses having virgin births, and many stories of Gods being sacrificed for the good of mankind. It was quite common, in ancient times, for Pagans to believe that some of their Gods lived amongst us, in the likeness of man.
Whatever the circumstances of Jesus' birth or death, I think that most who believe in him will agree that his birth and his teachings to humanity are definitely worth celebrating.
I've also found that many Pagans aren't offended by talk about Jesus, even if they don't believe in him, but only take offence when trying to be "converted" to another religion