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What was the original point of Christmas?

The pagan meaning? And since it was not originally a Christian holiday what happened?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 5:35 PM on Oct. 29, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • http://www.wicca.com/celtic/akasha/yule.htm

    When a new religion called Christianity popped up, the new hierarchy had trouble converting the Pagans, and as such, folks didn't want to give up their old holidays. Christian churches were built on old Pagan worship sites, and Pagan symbols were incorporated into the symbolism of Christianity. Within a few centuries, the Christians had everyone worshipping a new holiday celebrated on December 25.
    2autisticsmom

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 5:43 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • eye rolling

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:47 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • Basically the word "Christmas" is Christian the history or background of 'How" it became what it is today has long been Pagan .. The Pagans of old would not give up their  beliefs/traditions so the  Church incorperated the Pagan ways into what we know today... tho this came with a high price to the Pagans ...
    Here are a few links that may help you... and there will be many here that will come and give you more information on the subject...


     


    http://www.history.com/content/christmas
    http://www.syl.com/articles/therearealotofchristmaspaganbeliefsstillaroundtoday.html

    gmasboy

    Answer by gmasboy at 5:50 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • Pagans didn't celebrate Christmas - that's the celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ. Different pagan cultures celebreated different holidays in December. For according to William Tighe, a church history specialist at Pennsylvania's Muhlenberg College, "the pagan festival of the 'Birth of the Unconquered Sun' instituted by the Roman Emperor Aurelian on 25 December 274, was almost certainly an attempt to create a pagan alternative to a date that was already of some significance to Roman Christians. Thus the 'pagan origins of Christmas' is a myth without historical substance."
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 6:06 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • From the Christian perspective - Dec. 25 as the day of Christ's birth came about as early as the 2nd and 3rd centuries. It actually came about when people were trying to figure the days for Good Friday (the day Christ died) and Pascha/Easter (the day of Christ's Resurrection). The Eastern Church was focused on April 6 as the date for Good Friday, in the west it was figured to be March 25. So there's the Jewish idea of "integral age" of great prophets - the idea that the prophets of Israel died on the same dates as their birth or conception. So in the West (and Christimas is a feast that originated in the Western Christian church) the idea was Jesus was conceived on March 25 (which was celebreated as the Feast of the Announciation) - nine months later is Dec. 25.


    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 6:13 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • I am sorry when did Pagans celebrate CHRISTMAS??? somebody needs to get a little book learn'n
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:22 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  •  the Christians had everyone worshipping a new holiday celebrated on December 25.


    THIS


    Read it carefully


     the Christians had everyone worshipping a new holiday celebrated on December 25.


    Christmas was never Pagan, it has since it beginning been a Christian celebration. As 2auticsmom said, as pagans converted, they kept old traditions. Much like an immigrant comes to America.They keep many customs from their home land while at the same time becoming America. My German ancestors brought customs over to America but we are 100% American

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:30 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • 2autisticsmom, sorry for spelling your name wrong. I was going to proof and grab the correct spelling of your name but hit submit instead of spell check :( please forgive me.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:31 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • Pagans celebrated Yule and the winter solstice long before there was a christian Christmas. The Egyptians celebrated the birth of Horus, son of Osiris and Isis on Dec 25. The bday of Mithras was also celebated on Dec 25. All these were long before Christianity. The church just incorporated these beliefs into their own to get people to convert. Christmas trees, presents, yule logs, holly, all of these are pagan beliefs and practices.
    SophiaofLight

    Answer by SophiaofLight at 7:04 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • anon
    if Christmas is so "new" then why is it that you set up a Christmas tree? ...The symbolism is Pagan. so are the round ball decorations that so many people hang up. Santa has Pagan (and Christian) backgrounds depending on what culture you pull from. Even celebrating ones birth started with Paganism. Why, you ask? How can that be? ...because Pagans were around far longer then Christians. ...

    And honestly, Jesus never said to celebrate His birth. So if everyone is going to be all pissed off about this Pagan or Christian holiday thing they better get pissed off about Easter instead. sheesh.
    outstandingLove

    Answer by outstandingLove at 7:14 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

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