Could there be Christmas without Christ or Christ without Christmas?
What do you think? Let's theologize and philosophize this season.
Just to play devil's advocate: There were pagan festivals (such as the celtic winter solstice celebration) around this time of year, before Christmas came along, that Christians just kind of co-opted in building up the Christmas tradition. So in a sense, there was a Christmas before Christ.
Other religions, most notably Judaism, also have festivities during the month of December. They might call if something different, but they still get their holiday boogie on.
Also, I'd say there is a large, large number of people who annually partake in the egg nog, tree decorating, and present giving who aren't particularly religious.
As for the second part of your question, I'd have to say that the son of God can probably exist quite well without Christmas. Christian fundamentalists sometimes call for an outright abolishment of the holiday, based on it's pagan roots, and fuzzy evidence that Dec. 25 really was Christ's birthday.
There was a festival at the time of the mid winter solstice long before the Christians stole the festival.
The birth of christ was celebrated in several months, the most common being March (28th)
Christianity was failing so the celebrations were moved to coincide wiith those of the Pagan Sun King. (At the conference of Popes at Nicea, 2nd or 5th century, sorryI've forgot the dates, 2nd I think, about 339)
The Sun King died on the shortest day (winter solstice)
A few days later when the observers could see the day lengthening he was reborn (25/12)
12 days later he was armed and named (The Epiphany)
On 25/03 ( Lady Day) he impregnates his mother the earth so he can be reborn 9 months later ( 25/12)
We can have the mid winter festival without Christ (I celebrate it every year) but we can't have the Mass of Christ without the Christian figure head, from whence the festival was named.
originally i doubt it but these days, obviously there is. even for myself, i know christ is a myth but i still celebrate christmas, just for different reasons. to me it's about the kids, happiness , giving and just spending time with people you care about.
by Bianu 6 years ago
With all the de-emphasizing of the reason for the season, what do you call a christmas with no celebration or memorial of Jesus Christ?
by Rhema Word 3 years ago
What is Christmas without Christ?I think every year we lose a little bit more about what Christmas is all about. Perhaps before long we will soon forget why we even celebrate Christmas.
by Christa Swope 3 years ago
How can we celebrate Christmas without all the pagan traditions?
by Team Wiseman 5 months ago
Why do so many people choose to lie to their children about Santa?This is where "Christians" and the rest of the population are similar, they all lie to their children about Santa and that seems dangerous! Jesus Christ hates lies, so why do people do it on His so-called birthday?
by Love and Peace 7 years ago
Today I got asked how I could celebrate Christmas without being a Christian. What do you think...about this?
by Mahaveer Sanglikar 6 years ago
Christmas without cruelty with animalsChristmas without cruelty to animals is possible, why most people do not celebrate it in Vegan /Vegetarian way?
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