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Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Reason for the Season

Okay for those who insist that Christmas is a celebration of Jesus' birth and Jesus is the reason for the season, and the comment that it's "Christ's Mass"... a few facts...

The were human beings on this planet long before Jesus was born. These human beings celebrated winter celebrations long before Jesus was born. Christmas has NOT been celebrated since that "first Christmas"... it was not even recognized as an important part of Christianity until the 4th century, 400 years after Jesus's death.

Christmas was "created" in response to those other celebrations, adopted the traditions of those other celebrations, and the date of December 25th selected because it matched the dates of those other celebrations.

The word "Mass" does not mean birthday. It means a celebration of the Eucharist, therefore Christ's Mass a celebration of the Eucharist in the name of Jesus. All of the other trappings of Christmas came from those other cultures.

The use of the name of Christmas came from a very strong push by the church. Those other cultures didn't much care what you called it, as long as they could still celebrate their traditions.

People of all belief systems celebrate Christmas because it's a title that most people know and understand. It does not indicate that everyone who celebrates Christmas does so because it's the birth of Christ.

Christmas is now a generic term describing a winter celebration. Also there are Christians who don't celebrate Christmas simply because those traditions came from those other cultures.

Life and mankind did not begin when Jesus was born. Yet, I constantly see people who insist that it did.

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