December 14, 2007
From: Russ Decker, Carbondale
Re: Holiday spirit
It is that time again. The holidays are upon us. Let’s see, I guess everybody is still confused on how to greet people during this festive time.
I think we should take a step back and look at this holiday season. They say that Christmas is the birthday of Christ. That is not really the truth. Most scholars think Christ was born in March. Then it was declared by a bishop that the church would celebrate Christ’s birthday on Dec. 25. Most scholars agree that the reason behind this was to compete with the pagan celebrations of the winter solstice.
In Scandinavia they had the celebration Yuletide. The Romans celebrated Saturnalia. The Germans honored the god Oden. All of these celebrations where about the winter solstice, the beginning of longer days and more sunlight. This is where the feasting came from, as well as the Christmas tree, rest from work, and many more of the traditions that go along with Christmas. All were taken from the pagan religions.
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It was not until the 1900s that here in America we even started to take the day off. This is when this holiday started to become what it is today. Religious conservatives hated the fact that so many of the pagan rituals had spilled over into this celebration.
I guess what I am trying to say here is that this holiday is not what everybody thinks it is. Yes, it is the celebration of Christ’s birth, but it is not his real birthday. And all the celebration that goes along with it is not from the Christian religion. All the celebration that goes along with this holiday is from the pagan religions. These celebrations date back long before the birth of Christ.
So when you are hesitating to wish somebody a merry season, remember some of our ancestors were dancing around fires, feasting and resting from work, long before anybody was saying Merry Christmas.
With those thoughts to ponder I would like to wish everybody the happiest most merry holiday season one could have. And with that I think there is a fire I need to go dance around … Merry Christmas.