A History Of Christmas

December 10, 2011

Our Internet has been down the past several days. Even today it seems a bit shaky. Here’s a helpful piece by Doug Wilson about the history of our Christmas celebration. It might warm the hearts of some of you Scrooge (me) types out there.

It is commonly argued that this was a “takeover” of a pagan holiday, celebrating the winter solstice. But it just as likely, in my view, that this was actually the other way around. Sol Invictus was established as a holiday by Aurelian in 274 A.D., when the Christians were already a major force. So who was copying whom? And Saturnalia, another popular candidate for being an “ancestor” of Christmas, actually occurred on December 17.

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