The spirit in which you celebrate it

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Does it really matter that Christ wasn’t born on Dec 25th? The fact it was a birthday for a roman solar deity and the end of their festival called Saturnalia ? Well for the most part I do not believe it matters much that the date was set on the date of several ancient pagan festivals and holidays. This was done in an attempt to sway the pagans over to Christianity and it succeeded but it also brought some of the pagan traditions and beliefs into the church. Most people are not aware of the pagan origins of some of the traditions they have concerning Christmas and Easter. Being that they do not know and do not put any significance or meaning into the traditions make them pretty much mute. To celebrate the first coming of our messiah is something we all should do, To confine it to one day a year is actually kind of sad. We should celebrate Christ’s first coming every day for he brought us the teachings of the divine spirit and he became the Holy and Sacred sacrifice for all mankind when he died on the cross. He brought a message of peace and understanding to mankind, he preached to us of hope and of the kingdom to come. If that isn’t enough for us to celebrate then we are in far poorer shape than I thought.

We have far more to fear from our consumerism and greed during the holidays than the fact Christmas had some pagan influences in its adoption by the church. Rituals are just an act we do in honor or in celebration but greed is something that comes from within our hearts. So worry little about the origins of Christmas and more about the spirit in which you celebrate it.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas

Raymond Barbier


About Ray Barbier

I am just an average man who loves writing, thinking and trying to inspire kindness, love, understanding and Compassion in others and try to find them within myself.
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