Post #264 The true origins of Christmas | Ancient Rome celebrated the pagan feast called Saturnalia on Dec 25th | Part 2
They knew all of these things, the date, the traditions, were pagan ideas. Though December 25 is the day Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the date itself and several of the customs we’ve come to associate with Christmas actually evolved from pagan traditions celebrating the winter solstice.
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According to Davis, Christmas was celebrated as early as the 4th century, suggesting that it had almost nothing to do with Jesus Christ.
“In ancient Rome there was a feast called Saturnalia that celebrated the solstice. What is the solstice? It’s the day that the sun starts coming back, the days start getting longer. And most of the traditions that we have that relate to Christmas relate to the solstice, which was celebrated in ancient Rome on December 25. So when Christianity became the official religion in a sense, in Rome, they were able to fix this date.
Christmas trees signals that the evergreen trees are the “return of life” and “light” as the winter solstice meant the days were starting to get longer. Mistletoe was started by the Druids, who believed it was an all-powerful healing item from the sacred oak tree.
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