10 things you didn’t know about the inception of Christmas
1. Early Europeans celebrated a similar mid winter festival long before the arrival of Jesus.
2. Germans honored the pagan god, Oden during the mid-winter holiday
3. Christmas was not celebrated in the early years of Christianity, Easter was the main holiday. Church officials decided to institute the birth of Jesus as a holiday in the fourth century. There however was unfortunately no information from the Bible as regards the birth of Jesus.
4. From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was actually termed -because of its pagan roots- witchcraft and outlawed in Boston by puritans. People were fined five shillings if they exhibited the Christmas spirit.
5. The Christmas tree originated from pagans who had long worshipped trees in the forest, or brought them into their homes and decorated them.
6. In The Buffalo News of November 22, 1984, this was written about Christmas; “The earliest reference to Christmas being marked on Dec. 25 comes from the second century after Jesus’ birth. It is considered likely the first Christmas celebrations were in reaction to the Roman Saturnalia, a harvest festival that marked the winter solstice—the return of the sun—and honored Saturn, the god of sowing. Saturnalia was a rowdy time, much opposed by the more austere leaders among the still-minority Christian sect. Christmas developed, one scholar says, as a means of replacing worship of the sun with worship of the Son.”
7. Santa Claus was created from – a mix of Bishop of Myra and Christian crusader, Nicholas, Pagan god, Woden and the 1931 Coke commercial idol.
8. The word “Christmas” is a combination of the words “Christ” and “Mass. The word “Mass” means death and was coined originally by the Roman Catholic Church
9. During the slave trade, some African slaves saw Christmas as an opportunity to escape
10. Will Durant, a renowned historian because of the knotty foundation of Christmas concludes that; Christianity did not destroy paganism, it adopted it.
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