Season’s Greetings All!
So, why was December 25 chosen to remember Jesus Christ’s birth with a mass (or Communion supper)? Since no one knows the day of his birth, the Roman Catholic Church felt free to choose this date. The Church wished to replace the pagan festival with a Christian holy day (holiday). The psychology was that it is easier to take away an unholy (but traditional) festival from the population, when you can replace it with one of their own. Otherwise, the Church would have left a void where there was a long-standing tradition, and risked producing a discontented population and a rapid return to the old ways. The original significance of December 25 is that it was a well-known pagan festival day celebrating the annual return of the sun. December 21 is the winter solstice, and December 25 is the first day that ancients could clearly note that the days were definitely getting longer and the sunlight was returning. The December 25th became tradition throughout most of Christendom.
Theologians believe Jesus was born in September. There are many places on the web you can research this but John O. Reid has a good break down of why it is believed to be in September.
And I’ve stated this before, but I don’t consider any holiday to be religious. I believe Christmas is a state of mind, of giving and peace, and the gathering of family and friends. That Christianity makes a point of Dec. 25 being the magic day of when Christ was born, is poppycock. Little do many Christians know, but they are celebrating Christmas the same way I am, in spirit only. But I don’t fault anyone in their belief, just facts. If feeling in touch with your religion brings you closer to the sense of love and peace for mankind-then go for it! Just don’t tout it’s strictly a religious holiday.
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Now for some gingerbread fun.
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Mint Chip Ice cream, Krispy Kreme donuts, homemade pizza, pralines, Chinese chicken salad...mmmmm!