Here is a nice project you can do this holiday season! And here’s some history for you.
Did you know that most Judeo-Christian holiday traditions are based on pagan holiday practices? It’s pretty well known that Jesus wasn’t actually born on December 25th, so then why is that the day Christians chose to celebrate it? The reason, my friends, is that during the dark ages when Europe was being christianized, missionaries needed to find a way to make it easier for pagans to convert to a new religion. Instead of just going
They thought it would be an easier transition if they combined pagan holiday traditions with biblical ideas. Hence, we have christmas, a holiday celebrating Jesus’ birth that just so happens to be near winter solstice. But not on it. That would be devil worship. 😉
Paganism in Europe was a highly season based religion. Natural cycles were paralleled to the cycles of human life. Being that in the winter, most plants (especially food plants) appear to die, the pagans felt it was important to keep living plants in their homes to ward off whatever was the cause of all that death. That’s why we have so many ever green plants, like christmas trees, mistletoes, and poinsettia flowers.
The winter solstice is the shortest, darkest day of the year. It is arguably the most dead and wintery night too. So why would you celebrate it? Because after that, It gets better. The days only get longer and warmer from that point forward, so Yule, the pagan name for christmas, is really a celebration of the beginning of the return of life and growth.
Here’s another fascinating one for you. Mistletoe means poop twig. It is highly poisonous, so if you’ve no one to kiss don’t try making up for it with serophelia. You might just die. Also, it’s a parasite! So many fun facts.