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Christmas origins?

I keep seeing people say that Christmas was first a pagan holiday...so I wanted to see if anyone else agreed with me...here it is (some is copied, some is not).

The question of whether Christmas is pagan enters into the idea of cultural practices. Some have made the assertion that Christmas has pagan origins. Christmas does not have pagan origins, but there are winter celebrations that are pagan. There was, for example, a saturnal celebration around the time of Christmas that pagans celebrated, which was actually a temptation for Christians to participate in that had pagan content to it. So the church changed the day that they celebrated the birth of Christ.
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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 4:13 PM on Nov. 29, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • They used to celebrate it in the Spring. But the church said, "We can celebrate it any time we want. Let's celebrate it at the same time the pagans are celebrating their pagan festival. It'll act as a contrast to that pagan festival because our celebration is the birth of the God-man, Jesus Christ. It has Biblical content. Plus it will protect Christians from being wooed away by this other celebration to participate in what was a pagan celebration".

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    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:13 PM on Nov. 29, 2008

  • Dec 25th was the date on which the Romans celebrated the birth of the sun god. After the Roman Emporer Constantine converted to Christianity in AD 312, he combined the worship of the sun god with worship of Christ. Christian leaders accepted that and saw the "Christ-mass" celebration as a vital part of the process of converting pagans.

    But our celebration of Christ,as goes much deeper than the date on which we observe it. The first Christmas did not celebrate a date but a supremely important event--the appearance of Isreal's promised messiah. Early Christians didn't know the specific night the angels sang and the baby cried any more than we do.

    The meaning of the first christmas was not pagan; it was a celebration of the Word made flesh.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:18 PM on Nov. 29, 2008

  • Okay, while the celebration of the birth of Christ is not a pagan thing the traditions that are used are... While the christians do NOT know the actual birth date for Jesus they do know that it was most likely in the spring as this time of year is very rainy and it's very unlikely that anyone would have been outside watching the stars... SO celebrating on a Pagan Sabat and using Pagan traditions is NOT christian, it's pagan. Why would you celebrate the leader of the Christians with a bunch of pagan traditions, symbols and date??? Does that make any sence? The only original thing that the Christians brought to Christmas was Christ... EVERY other asspect is pagan... There fore the origins are pagan... Not the personal meaning the origins...
    Here is some more information you may want to take a look at...
    http://www.netglimse.com/holidays/yule/traditions_.shtml
    http://www.religioustolerance.org/xmas_sel.htm
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 5:21 PM on Nov. 29, 2008

  • From my studies, Christ was concieved around Dec 25. He was born Sept. 29.
    JustAnotherMama

    Answer by JustAnotherMama at 7:09 PM on Nov. 29, 2008

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