(Read with a mind to diversity) Return the pagan from X-mas!

 

I often hear Christians saying “Put the Christ back into Christmas.” And this has created a potential for conflict over the years.

Thinking about this over coffee this morning, I am reflecting on the increase in religious diversity and how there are now many religious celebrations widely observed during the month of December in North America. Many are related to the day when the winter solstice occurs. This varies each year between DEC-20 and 22. This date has the shortest daytime and longest nighttime of the day, in the Northern Hemisphere.

Some religions, like Islam, use a lunar calendar which is not synchronized with the secular Gregorian calendar. Their celebrations occur about 12 days earlier each year in the Gregorian calendar.

Here is a short list of celebrations I know of. (Do you know any others?)

Winter Solstice
Saturnalia
Yule
Festivus
Kwanzaa
Omisoka
Shabe-Yalda
id al-Fitr
Hanukkah
The “Return of the wandering goddess”
And Christmas by Christians.

Why are many groups moving away from the traditional Christmas celebration?

Greg and I celebrate Yule which is not the same as Christmas. It occurs this year Dec 20 to January 1. (Which is sometimes called the 12 days of Christmas even though it’s of pagan origin.)

Did you know … that the ancient Christians took over Saturnalia, an ancient Roman Pagan seven day festival of Saturn which started on DEC-17 and used it to commemorate the birth of Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ)? In fact … Christ was born in the Fall.

But my point is that With such diversity- doesn’t it make sense to pursue peace and be accepting of others differences? What do you think Greg?