14 thoughts on “If you’re not a Pagan then why bother to celebrate Christmas?

  1. Christmas was a pagan holiday – Yuletide.

    It doesn’t mean that when Christians name it Christmas, it becomes the holiday for Christ. Obviously, one cannot copy and use Microsoft Office and rename it Microhard and then claim that it does not belong to Microsoft.

  2. Nobody owns it. There are a thousand names for celebrating the fact that the nights are getting shorter.

  3. I really wish you Pagans would campaign to get Christmas returned to its Pagan roots.

  4. I am agnostic, not affiliated with any religion and I celebrate Christmas. Simply because it has become tradition and has nothing to do with any religion nowadays. It is funny how the majority of Christians believe Christ was born on this day, when there is no evidence anywhere.

    I happen to love the idea of worshiping a tree opposed to a God that watches everything and doesn’t do a damn thing to interfere

  5. I grew up attending Christian schools. We were taught about the pre-Christian roots of several Christian holidays (not just Christmas), and then we celebrated them anyway. I really get tired of quibbling over the subject of holidays. I celebrate holidays with Christians, Pagans, Jews, humanists and more. Christmas, as understood in a Christian context, is a time to meditate upon the birth of Christ. Yes, it has a pre-Christian background, and some of the rituals are not Christian in nature. However, over time, it has become a holiday of its own with a special meaning to Christians. By celebrating Christmas, I am in no way demeaning Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, HumanLight, and the other winter holidays. I am glad to celebrate holidays with anyone. The holiday season is a time for joy, not for sectarian bickering.

  6. well the christmas we celebrate now is different to pagan holidays, since december 25 is birthdays for alot of Gods, polytheistic religions i dont remember any of the Gods being named Santa clause or nicholas

  7. The same reason why I could be bothered to celebrate Deepavali or Chinese New Year when I am not a Hindu neither a Chinese. Even if Christmas started a Pagan holiday, most Christians have became accustomed with celebrating it that it is recognised as a Christian Holiday. Besides, what is the harm in celebrating it?

  8. Sorry but this Christian isn’t as gullible as a lot of people and has actually done some research beyond Google. So here is a challenge for you. Produce the historical evidence – links to ACTUAL evidence (not just repetitions of your claim) – references to the Pagan books, inscriptions, calendars which talk about this Pagan Holiday that Christians are supposed to have taken over.

    Links to web sites which provide no actual evidence are of no use – in any case they usually contradict each other – some say Yule, some say Saturnalia, some say the Solstice, some say some other God’s birthday – they can’t all be right, can they? Which one, if any, is the right answer?

    Here’s an example of what I mean. Was it a takeover of a Roman feast? Christmas was, as far as we know, started in Rome around 300AD). Some old Roman pagan calendars of feasts : http://www.aerobiologicalengineering.com/wxk116/Roman/Calendar/romecbib.html
    Now see if you can find any mention of this pagan feast day on December 25th. Feel free to look up other Roman calendars or books or whatever if you can find them.

    What about Yule? Well you can try and find the earliest mention of Yule in the historical record. It comes in Scandinavian sagas from the 10th century or later. Find the first mention of Christmas – 4th century. Then read one of the sagas that mentions both – the Saga of Hákon the Good – and you find an account of how Hakon, the first Christian king of Norway, MOVED his Yule feast to Christmas, Dec 25th, as a way of honouring Christ.

    Unfortunately for your idea, you find the same sort of thing happens with all the other ideas about a pagan origin for Christmas. Either there is actually no historical record to back it up or what there is contradicts the idea or the chronology just doesn’t fit.

    Through doing this in-depth research I have come to realise that Christmas is and always has been a Christian celebration of the Birth of Christ – the Nativity.

  9. As a Pagan, I get sick of people saying this.

    Christmas – named after Christ – was the day chosen to honor the birth of Jesus Christ, who is of CHRISTIAN mythology! So no, Christmas is NOT a pagan holiday. Whether Jesus was born on that day or not is neither here nor there. Yes, there were various pagan holidays around the same time of this date – but none of them were celebrating Jesus, were they? Yes, Christianity adopted some pre-existing pagan/cultural customs, like decorating with evergreens and lights, into their celebrations of this holiday…so what?

    A symbol has no inherent meaning, it means whatever it means to the individual using it. A lighted star atop a Christian’s Christmas tree may represent the Star of Bethlehem, where to me, a lighted star on my Yule tree represents something that aligns with Wiccan beliefs (e.g. four-point star – the cardinal directions; five point star – the 4 earth elements & spirit).

    No one religious group or culture owns the month of December with exclusive rights to hold holiday celebrations within that month, so I think everyone needs to get over it. Stop pointing fingers and bickering about what originated where so dang long ago and what belongs to who, and just celebrate our respective holidays for what they mean to us personally.

    I, as a pagan, may not believe Jesus was the son of god, but I can certainly support the Christian messages of peace, joy and goodwill that are supposed to be remembered at this time of year.

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