Question by angus: Where is the evidence that Christmas is a “pagan” holiday?
Before you start ranting at me, I’m not ignorant. I know that:
- Christmas was created by the Roman Church in the 4th century to celebrate the Nativity, and was most likely placed on December 25 to compete with an existing pagan holiday (Birth of the Unconquered Sun) so that it would be easier to convert pagans to Christianity.
- Many of the elements of Christmas such as gift-giving, trees, Santa, lights, etc. have secular origins and themes.
But which of these elements are specifically 100% pagan, and where is the evidence? The Christmas tree originates in 16th century Christianity, so it does not have a direct pagan origin. Santa is a mix of the St. Nicholas and possibly some part of the Odin myth, so not 100% pagan origin.
Why do people call it a “pagan” holiday when it’s more like a Christian and secular holiday with some pagan influence to a few select customs?
Answer by Santa Christ
Further evidence lies in the fact that a lot of the story of Jesus’ birth, life, and death took cues from earlier pagan myths.
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