The Christian Noob (n00b)

born & raised Catholic, now going to a Presbyterian church & still learning

end of times: T-6 (a year later)

Pagan Santa ClausThe world didn’t end last year — what a surprise! Once again, it’s December, which means that Christmas is a few days away. The calendar may say it so, but it doesn’t feel as such. I don’t know what I need to feel the excitement that others seem to enjoy. Am I missing the tranquility of the dead of winter and the fluffy snow?

I don’t even get the emotion behind Yuletide, which the Pagan celebration on which the Christmas tradition is based on. The latter shouldn’t be confused with the celebration of the coming of the Christ (Christ’s Mass), which I do understand. The worst part of the whole season is the vulgar commercialism, which in the US officially starts the day after Thanksgiving commonly referred to as Black Friday (11/29/2013).

I tend to repeat myself with my annual complaint about capitalism with its cheap commercialism and the Christianized version Pagan traditions at the start of winter (12/21/2013 ) that made Yuletide.

“Christianization (or Christianisation) is the conversion of individuals to Christianity or the conversion of entire peoples at once.
Various strategies and techniques were employed in Christianization campaigns from Late Antiquity and throughout the Middle Ages: ancient holy sites were destroyed or converted to Christian churches, indigenous pagan gods were demonized, and traditional religious practices were condemned as witchcraft and even criminalized — sometimes upon penalty of death. A notable strategy for Christianization was interpretatio christiana — the practice of converting native pagan practices and culture, pagan religious imagery, pagan sites and the pagan calendar to Christian uses, due to the Christian efforts at proselytism (evangelism) based on the Great Commission.”

Paganism is the Reason for the Season - Raven Rin's Pagan Nest
Paganism is the Reason for the Season – Raven Rin’s Pagan Nest

I guess I should say, “Happy Christmastide or Yuletide” (depending what invisible man in the sky you pray to).

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