Should Christmas be ignored because it is a Pagan Festival
Christmas used to be Yule tide and the Roman Saturnalia. Its like an official birthday for the head of state. Nobody knows the real birthday and the current date wasa chosen to match Saturnalia.
Many Xmas customs have pagan origins and some Christmas Carols seem to have pre-christian undertones.
Given all this should the devoutly religious ignore Christmas and volunteer to work as usual?
If,so then Halloween should also be ignored as it, to is a pagan holiday!
Easter too! We all should know by now that the one big reason we celebrate these holidays is purely monetary in nature. Not because of any connection to religion. Even though there is one in some respect. Be it,pagan or otherwise. Even religions today expect to get there share of the cut of donations during so - called "religious holidays .
Satan even has a religion I hear! Should it, be ignored?
Whatever the original intent most of these holidays have strayed from their origin.
Exactly, SomeoneWho Knows. Screaming about Halloween as a Pagan Festival is nonsensical as there are few pagans care about it, and the same for Christmas. Many use these festivals the way Christians do, as an excuse to get drunk and misbehave.
Lincoln & Washington's birthday have been turned in shopping sales day as "President's Day". Every holiday eventually becomes a retail/revenue driven day.
Memorial Day, 4th of July, Mother & Father's Day...etc
Do will eliminate holidays? No
No one is forced to celebrate Christmas.
In fact there are billions of people around the world who don't.
Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Valentine's Day are all days chosen by mankind to take time out to acknowledge particular individuals.
Christmas in my opinion is in line with those other holidays where it is just a date that was "chosen" for Christians to honor the birth of Christ. All holidays are essentially a "time out" to acknowledge.
I don't think anyone truly believes Jesus was a Capricorn born on December 25th! It's just a date assigned for the celebration.
Nevertheless because no one knows the exact date of Jesus' birth doesn't mean Christians should feel obligated to ignore the chosen date simply because it coincides with the traditional "Winter Solstice"
In fact December 25th was chosen because people were already celebrating pagan festivals during that time of the year.
Christmas was a "me too" holiday. Most super religious people make a bigger deal out of Easter and the events of the crucifixion.
Of course one could argue against celebrating that as well since there is "The Easter Bunny" and college spring break vacations! LOL!
Just because multiple events or traditions are taking place at the same time doesn't mean one of them should be discounted.
No, Christmas is such a beautiful season. In fact, it is the most beautiful time of year. People are friendlier & more festive. People feel an exhilaration at Christmas that they don't feel at any other time of the year. There are decorations which add to the happy mood.
To the traditionally & orthodox religious, Christmas is still a Christian holiday. After all, they are celebrating the birth of their savior. No the religious shouldn't dismiss Christmas as a pagan holiday. Yes, Christmas was once a pagan history but it has become Christianized to a degree. Traditional & orthodox religionists must remember the TRUE spirit & meaning of what Christmas is & furthermore, what it is MEANT to BE.....a spirit of love, giving, & good cheer.
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