Paganism and the Invention of Christmas

Paganism and the Invention of Christmas

Among the arguments between historians and professional debaters of Christmas is the paradox between pagan traditions and Christian history: did Christians steal Christmas from pagans or did pagans steal Christmas from Christians? Just who invented Christmas anyway? As always, the truth is never that simple. There are two very real things to consider as one attempts to answer the question: 1. Pagans did not pull their traditions out of thin air. 2. Christmas did NOT begin with the Nativity. There was Christmas before Christ. Remember that as you read below and as you see media reports of the ongoing tug-of-warRead more

A Different Kind of History of Christmas Trees

A Different Kind of History of Christmas Trees

Pick a history resource out there and you will find a history of Christmas trees that dates back to pagan traditions of the Winter Solstice. The History Channel says Christmas trees took root from ancient use of evergreens as an end-of-year ritual of hope and eternal life. Wikipedia, to its credit, admits that is purely a “speculative theory”. But even Christian history resources cite pagan roots for the modern Christmas tree. Like most history of Christmas all that is too lazy and too easy. Christmas trees are actually a complex form of celebration. And they are much, much older thanRead more