The two views of Christmas


Bryan Patterson's Faithworks

THE early Christians attached no greater significance to December 25 than to most other dates.
They already had January 6. Around the second century AD, Christians started celebrating Jesus’s appearance at the Jordan River and His baptism on that date.
It was not until two centuries later that they cautiously expanded the festival to include His birth and chose December 25 — the day on which Romans already celebrated the birth of the sun god.
The Christmas celebration gradually took off — then exploded in an orgy of overindulgence.
Napoleon thought Christmas celebrations were “excellent for keeping common people quiet”.
A few years ago, a British religious leader, only half-jokingly, advised Christians to concede December 25.
“Just hand it over to the secular world,” he said. “We are drowning in commercialism anyway.”
The idea was supported by other religious leaders. They were not suggesting giving up on Christmas, but urging…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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