I've seen a lot of people make this claim - that Christians stole the celebration of Christmas from the Pagans. Although, I agree that most of our traditions for this celebration have an historical base in Pagan traditions, I think the reason this happened was less pre-meditated and nefarious.
My understanding was that many early Christians converted from Pagan faiths. Yes, some did "by the sword", but the vast majority did out of free choice. As the early Christians were used to having traditional and beloved Yule-type activities, and those activities did not counter the teachings of their new faith, they kept them. Including the celebration to honor the birth of Jesus with their celebration of Yule was more of an addition, like our addition of big sale events to the celebration of Presidents' Day.
Is there evidence that the early Christian church really went "after" Yule in order to "steal" it from Pagans? Or does the Pagan influence over the celebration of Christmas merely reflect the historical population of the early Church?
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