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Which decorations are associated with which religions?

Which religions do these "holiday" symbols belong to? Do they belong to more than one? Do you believe that they can be shared, or do you consider some "stolen?" Which ones?

burning logs
candy canes
wise men

any others that I'm forgetting?


Asked by Gal51 at 1:02 PM on Dec. 2, 2010 in Religious Debate

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Answers (11)
  • The vast majority of those don't have any religious ties. However some do. The Yule Log, Ornaments, Tree, Candles, Holly, Nativity Story (and of course scene) all have ties to Yule. In addition some of them, such as the Tree, a Christian version of the Nativity, St. Nicholas, Wise Men, Virgin... These can be associated with Christian traditions as well... But most things we tend to associate with Christmas are more signs of Winter than they are anything else.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:29 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • Almost everything on your list originates in Yule. A few others come from Saturnalia, and a few trace back to other stories from Hellenism, Kemetism, and a few other native religions. Candy canes were invented in the 19th century, and don't actually belong to any religion - they were a marketing gimmick to sell more candy by making it shaped to hang on a tree (see coca cola polar bears, etc). There is a myth about how they originated as some secret symbolism, but that story was invented in the 60's. Over time, most have been intermingled, including the creation of Wiccan Yule, which takes a few pieces of traditional Yule, relocates it to the Solstice, and adds things from other faiths as well.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:15 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • They belong to anyone who wants to use them. It can't be stolen if it doesn't belong to you. Sorry, but no religion "owns" virgins, trees, stars, snow, candy canes, ect.

    Answer by sunshine06 at 1:09 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • From the list the following are not associated with any particular religion

    Reindeer, Lights, Stars(many not just one), Snow,

    Ornaments, Candy Canes, Presents Tinsel, Candles and Holly don't necessarily have an "Immediate" religious connotations but can be seen as being religious depending on how it's used.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 1:10 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • What NP and Sabrina said.

    Answer by MamaK88 at 2:26 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • Well to simply answer your first question, I would say the wisemen, manger & virgin are "religious" symbols. Possibly stars (esp. the Star of David) and maybe some carols/songs depending on what they're about. I don't think it'd be fair to say any of these are "owned" by one specific religion though.

    Answer by jessicarae787 at 1:07 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • what Sabrina said... LOL
    She always words it better than I can.

    Answer by Kaelansmom at 2:05 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • well for me candy canes, reindeer, mangers, virgin, wise men, and a star (only if its huge & by itself) makes me think Christmas.

    Answer by okmanders at 1:16 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • The manger/wise men, etc I can see being associated with one particular faith, though it is funny that the wise men are believed to have been Zoroastrian priests... ;) The rest, though I see being more flexible in their use and meaning. Though I do believe that the manger/wise men can also be flexible, its just that many people have specific connotations regarding them, if you gwim. :)

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 2:15 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • including the creation of Wiccan Yule, which takes a few pieces of traditional Yule, relocates it to the Solstice, and adds things from other faiths as well. "from NotPaninking post"

    The Wicca religion has been around for 1000's of years before the Christian religion. We are the "Triaitional Yule" and it is associtated with the Winter Solstice....When the Priest were trying to convert the "Heathns" over to Christiany they took the Pagan triaitions and incorperated them into the Christian religion to get everyone to convert.


    Answer by witchymomslove at 11:07 AM on Dec. 3, 2010