Do you believe that Christmas is a Christian holiday or a Pagan Annual Festival?
Do the beginnings of the tradition of Xmas prove that this is actually a pagan holiday?
Christmas is a holiday! Probably the most expected holiday by all people in every culture in the world. Christmas makes life for some more enjoyable than miserable and the motifs and all that relates to this holiday is agreeable. It may bring up some melancoly to the minds of some, but overall, Christmas is a world holiday!
To begin with Christianity does contain it's own elements of paganism such as the halo we often see depicted over the heads of saints. Also the idea of the virgin birth. So yes Christmas is a Christian holiday. It is also a pagan festival tied in with an ancient sun god.
Apart from all that there are further elements of paganism such as the Christmas tree but none of this is a problem for me.
Most of us see Christmas as a time of family gatherings, present giving, celebration and attempts across the board at goodwill. I love Christmas.
Both of those things... though all the excess of Christmas, is more akin to the Roman Sarturnalia, the real predecessor of our modern Christmas...
It's probably a little bit of both.
According to history the birth of Christ celebration was probably moved to December 25 to because the Winter Solstice and the ancient pagan Roman midwinter festivals called 'Saturnalia' and 'Dies Natalis Solis Invicti' took place in December around this date - so it was a time when people already celebrated things.
In fact, for the first three centuries of Christianity’s existence, Jesus Christ’s birth wasn’t celebrated at all. The first official mention of December 25 as a holiday honoring Jesus’ birthday appears in an early Roman calendar from 336 A.D.
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