All of us have intentions and goals…mine: simplify/organize…in most areas of my life i strive to declutter…organize: dejunk/debunk…why clutter the mind with nonsense or the house??
My intention was not ramble on about the aforementioned (stuff i have now edited out in this revised re-post). THANKS for bearing with me aka reading…Actually, wanted to ask: Where is Christ in Christmas?? IF You do Your own research on the origins of this non-Christian/so-called Christian holiday…You might understand why a “primitive” Christian rejects the commercialized/paganized tradition.
(Though, i don’t want to come across as disrespectful to those who do accept it.)
Interesting to me anyway: Hey History speaks out…not just me;)…(on-line article: What Does the Bible say about Christmas?) What do Other Sources say??…check it out please:
History of Christmas customs Celebrating Jesus’ birthday: “The early Christians did not celebrate [Jesus’] birth because they considered the celebration of anyone’s birth to be a pagan custom.”—The World Book Encyclopedia.
December 25: There is no proof that Jesus was born on that date. Church leaders likely chose this date to coincide with pagan festivals held on or around the winter solstice.
Gift-giving, feasting, partying: The Encyclopedia Americana says: “Saturnalia, a Roman feast celebrated in mid-December, provided the model for many of the merry-making customs of Christmas. From this celebration, for example, were derived the elaborate feasting, the giving of gifts, and the burning of candles.” The Encyclopædia Britannica notes that “all work and business were suspended” during Saturnalia.
Christmas lights: According to The Encyclopedia of Religion, Europeans decorated their homes “with lights and evergreens of all kinds” to celebrate the winter solstice and to combat evil spirits.
Mistletoe, holly: “The Druids ascribed magical properties to the mistletoe in particular. The evergreen holly was worshiped as a promise of the sun’s return.”—The Encyclopedia Americana.
Christmas tree: “Tree worship, common among the pagan Europeans, survived after their conversion to Christianity.” One of the ways in which tree worship survived is in the custom of “placing a Yule tree at an entrance or inside the house in the midwinter holidays.”—Encyclopædia Britannica.
Cleaning my mind…(and my house/life/mind), for me personally, means no nonsense stuff/junk/fake beliefs, etc. weighing my brain/mind/life…down or enslaving me, my time, my pocketbook to rituals/superstitions, images/idols, etc.
(Of course, i live with my family…and need to respect their so-called stuff/junk, space, huh?)
A free, simple life is appealing to me personally…Pursuing PEACE with All My Global Brothers & Sisters!:)
(published 12/19/15@1:06 p.m.)
(edited & re-published 12/22/15 @ 9:59 a.m.)