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Christians trumped Pagan holy days

Did you know? by Rick Hess

  • The pagan Roman Feast of Saturnalia was celebrated hundreds of years before Christ was born.
  • Many other cultures had similar celebrations from very ancient times.
  • The timing was directly after the shortest day of the year, Dec. 21.
  • The pagans thought that annually the sun dies on the 21st, but celebrations were held on the 25th for the rebirth of the sun.
  • It was in the pagan mind a celebration of the source of life, the Sun god.
  • In the early Christian period, these celebrations were condemned and forsaken by the church.
  • Even in 200 A.D. writers were still condemning participation in the Saturnalia type celebrations.
  • By 336 A.D. the Roman Church had “Christianized” many pagan celebrations, including Saturnalia.
  • This was accomplished by trying to give a Christian meaning to each of the pagan holidays. The celebration of the “sun god’s” birth became the celebration of the Son of God’s birth, even though there was no connection between them.

    Read the original article at: Lebanon Daily News

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