And you don't need to be an alcoholic to enjoy too many rounds of eggnog!
@Dr Rick Sanchez, but it certainly helps! Awwwww yeah! Get shwifty Rick!
But... but... saturnalia is nothing like Christmas it's the freeing of Saturn (aka kronos) for a day to celebrate order by having people switch roles for a day where a slave could become a master and vice versa.
@smexyjalapeno, you have some nerve, contradicting a picture posted on the internet...
"Finally, something I can share on Facebook to make me seem smarter than everyone I know"
And you don't need to be Catholic to party on Mardi Gras!
@Sexy Homunculus, you from new Orleans?
Is it so hard to believe that Christians chose to celebrate Christmas during the festivals of other religions? And that due to the timing of this that other signs bled into the celebration?
@JackoftheDead, it's just that Jesus' actual birthday was months away from Dec 25. It just seems like a cop out.
@Quoth the Revan, well if you look at some of the more peaceful ways Catholics went around converting populaces during the dark ages/medieval times, you'd come to see that they piggybacked a lot off of other cultures in order to be more easily accepted by nonbelievers and make the transition from paganism to Christianity far smoother
@Quoth the Revan, they told the Vikings (because as a people group, the Vikings were too strong for a proper military takeover and coercive conversion techniques) that their entire mythology was correct, but that they didn't have the whole story.
@Quoth the Revan, Vikings believed that the gods and monsters would fight and kill one another in battle bringing the end times and killing all living things on earth except for the World Tree and out of the World Tree would come a man and a woman who'd start humanity anew. The Catholic Church looked at that bit and said that the bible picked up where their myths left off. And that the World Tree was the Tree of Knowledge and the man and woman were Adam and Eve. It's a very interesting and obviously effective strategy. Christmas is just another one of those pagan traditions turned Christian by the Catholic Church
Merry Christmas to my fellow Christians out there.
@Bob8619, merry Christmas to all
@Chknsyphilis, Happy presents/Santa day to the rest.
@Bob8619, Merry Christmas to you and happy holiday day to everyone else!
Well, you won't hear Sleipnir's hooves on your roof. Because if he goes to your house, he's there to carry your corpse to the afterlife. Can't hear somethings if you're dead.
@CriTiKa1, you're supposed to say spoiler alert now you've gone and ruined death for the rest of us!
... I don't get it
@Tyrod Taylor, It's basically saying that Christmas has roots in many cultures and maybe ought to be universally celebrated. Some people think it's an entirely Christian holiday of something.
@Villain in Glasses, hmm gotcha, this is why I hate being first to comment sections
@Tyrod Taylor, ah, but its a whole world of opportunity!
@Tyrod Taylor, bills suck
Except Christmas is a Christian holiday. Sure it has influences from other things but Christmas it's self is to celebrate the birth of Christ.
@BigfootUnibrowMan, only in name. People have been doing the same things for many many years as this picture shows, and the traditions were only incorporated into Christmas to aid in the assimilation of people into Christianity.
@Xzarfna, Except it was never called Christmas. Sure people might have celebrated for various reasons at the end of the year, but Christmas has always been about Christ. If you don't celebrate the birth of Christ call it something else, there is Hanukkah, Kwanzaa all sorts of end of the year holidays.
@BigfootUnibrowMan, "only in name"
@BigfootUnibrowMan, winter solstice. Christians just renamed it, and the name stuck. Christmas isn't a religious holiday anymore, and it certainly hasn't ever been purely a Christian holiday.
@BigfootUnibrowMan, dude the figure head is a fat dude in a red suit. Yea it's named after Christ but since he wasn't even born in the winter time I think it's safe to allow anyone to worship Christmas
I feel like you could have just simply stated that Historians believe Jesus was born in the summer but they made Christmas in winter to appease those who missed the big pagan winter celebrations.
Actually, many christens holidays were infused with pagan beliefs and traditions in order to help pagans concert to Christianity. Hel, he Norse goddess of the underworld is where we get the world Hell from. Also, Eostra was a pagan goddess of fertility, which is where Easter has its roots. After all, Easter is a holiday about rebirth and stuff, which ties into fertility. The more you know...
I feel like this was made by someone wearing a fedora.
But Saint Nicholas is Santa Claus
Not sure if this is a peg a Christianity or not....
@Kskronz, at*. It's a peg at the idiots who think Christmas is a purely Christian holiday
Although a tree can be deemed "not inclusive enough" or as a religious symbol to some people