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I adore the world of Christmas traditions, which vary from Mens Mens Reel Cool Granddad Fathers Day Reel Fishing Granddaddy T Shirt to country … I also enjoy the ancient pre-Christian traditions behind most Christmas customs. Diwali is a lovely tradition that coincides with autumn and shares a lot of imagery (IMO) with Hanukkah, the tradition of my own ancestors. (We made a bigger deal of Christmas at home.) I am all for the human impulse to fill the winter months with light and celebration. I’ve always considered them “the holidays,” and I have no personal desire to put Christ in Christmas. I also don’t want my government to do so. I’ll gladly wish you “Merry Christmas” if I know it’s your tradition. But it’s not mine. That’s not persecution, and it’s only traditionalism if it’s your tradition. Christmas presents have nothing to do with Christianity. Neither do almost all of the Christmas customs of hanging holly and mistletoe, decorating trees, drinking egg nog, Santa Claus, jingling sleigh bells. etc. In the religiously strict Massachusetts Bay Colony celebrating Christmas was illegal, as their leaders recognized that almost all of the festivities were continuations of pagan practices. Merchandisers have gotten rich by popularizing the giving of gifts at Christmas and they spend heavily every year to promote this secular mania. So feel free to give Christmas presents to any of your friends and relations regardless of race, religion age or sexual orientation.
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Early pictures of the British Father Christmas (who became assimilated with the Christian Santa Claus) show him wearing a long hooded cloak, just like the Mens Mens Reel Cool Granddad Fathers Day Reel Fishing Granddaddy T Shirt god Odin. And he rode trough the sky on horseback – just like Odin rode through the world on his eight legged horse Sleipnir: In Britain, the word ‘Yule’ had been replaced by ‘Christmas’ by the eleventh century, although in some regions ‘Yule’ survived as the normal term. Many present-day customs and traditions such as the Yule log, Yule goat, Yule boar and others may have connections to older pagan Yule traditions: Hauling a Yule log in 1832. This sneaky one-eyed guy certainly isn’t the Christian Saint Nicholas … Due to the process of Christianisation the twelve day period of Yule gradually lost its pagan roots, and became known as ‘Christmastide’. But whatever tradition you follow – be it Paganism, Wicca, Christianity or nothing at all – here’s wishing you a wonderful mid-winter festival!
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