Holidays predating christmas
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In combination with these religious sources is a heavy dose of commercialism - many "traditions" are in fact invented by commercial companies trying to find nifty ways of selling goods.
Take the example of the commercial invention of the Christmas card; with corporate effort, these would have remained an expensive privilege of the rich.The CE article concludes that when later Christians adopted the date of the 25th of December for Jesus' birth, "the abundance of analogous midwinter festivals may indefinitely have helped the choice of the December date, the same instinct which set Natalis Invicti at the winter solstice will have sufficed, apart from deliberate adaptation or curious calculation, to set the Christian feast there too". Hutton, a respected and careful primary-sources historian, mentions Christmas in his valuable book on the history of modern Paganism.Most Christmas customs are, in fact, based on old pagan festivals, the Roman Saturnalia and the Scandinavian and Teutonic Yule.In another coincidence, the birth of Mithras was also said 'to have been witnessed by three shepherds'.The most skeptical view of modern Christmas is that the fads, decorations, festive goods and all the paraphernalia are a commercial scam to make us spend money on over-priced useless goods.The "reason of the season" is a combination of different traditions.
It includes sun worship and pagan nature religions who have venerated the natural cycle for many thousands of years.In 1725 Henry Bourne, a Newcastle clergyman, commented that many people in the North of England lit huge 'Christmas candles' on Christmas Eve.[...] The Scots and] the Irish were also fond of them.The real meaning of Christmas is sun worship; a reminder to all life on Earth that we owe everything to the Sun. Mario Righetti, a renowned Catholic liturgist, writes, "the Church of Rome, to facilitate the acceptance of the faith by the pagan masses, found it convenient to institute the 25th December as the feast of the temporal birth of Christ, to divert them from the pagan feast, celebrated on the same day in honour of the 'Invincible Sun', Mithras.Sun worship is one of the main pillars of all religion, especially older religions. [...] The mixing of pagan Sun-worship and Christianity is exemplified by the testimony of a Syrian scholiast on Bar Salibi, who said, "It was a custom of the heathen to celebrate on the same 25th of December the birthday of the Sun, at which they kindled lights in token of festivity. Titcomb, Aryan Sun myths, the Origin of Religions, we find it cited, quoted from primary sources, that the following Sun-deities were all born on 25 December, according to their legends: Crishna (Vishnu), Mithra (Mithras), Osiris, Horus, Hercules, Dionysus (Bacchus), Tammuz, Indra, Buddha.It probably helps that Christmas and New Year's celebrations have become institutionally intertwined.