Saturday, 24 December 2011

The Mangled Mind Speaks - Xmas & Other Storys

As the song says "Marys boy child Jesus Christ was born on christmas day", which was
handy for him i suppose!Of course its all crap, we all know that it was Santa who was born on Christmas day to spread joy and happiness wherever he went and being Satan in disguise helped all those who were oppressed by the followers of that "Child", and bringing true peace and goodwill to all men as opposed to war and hatred!

Most celebrate with the Victorian standard of decorations and food, though many now
choose the American standard of over the top lights and displays.

But what of fact??

Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ,
celebrated generally on December 25 as a religious and cultural holiday by billions of
people around the world.A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide.

Yet the precise day of Jesus’ birth, which historians place between 7 and 2 BC, is
unknown.In the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church first placed
Christmas on December 25, Theories advanced to explain that choice include that it falls
exactly nine months after the Christian celebration of the conception of Jesus, but more
likley is that it was selected to coincide with either the date of the Roman winter
solstice or of some ancient winter pagan festival.

In other words it is yet another example of Christians putting their crap on Pagan
festivals to force their views on normal people!
To complicate things further and to be "correct" there is a difference of 13 days between
the Julian calendar and the more generally used Gregorian calendar. Therefore those who use the Julian calendar or its equivalents should celebrate December 25 and January 6 on January 7 and January 19, but then lets not get facts and logic into the conversation when dealing with religion.

About AD 730, the English historian Bede wrote that the Anglo-Saxon calendar included the
months geola or giuli corresponding with either modern December or December and
January.He gave December 25 as the first day of the heathen year and wrote that the
Anglo-Saxons celebrated all night long to honor the Germanic Divine Mothers:
They began the year with December 25, the day some now celebrate as Christmas; and the
very night to which we attach special sanctity they designated by the heathen term
Modraniht, that is, the mothers' night — a name bestowed, I suspect, on account of the
ceremonies they performed while watching this night throughIn Latin, decem means "ten". December was also the tenth month in the Roman calendar
until a monthless winter period was divided between January and February.

Yule or Yuletide is a winter festival that was initially celebrated by the historical
Germanic people as a pagan religious festival.Yule is attested early in the history of the Germanic peoples; from the 4th century
Gothic language it appears in the month name fruma jiuleis.The festival was originally celebrated from late December to early January on a date determined by the lunar calendar.

Terms with an etymological equivalent to Yule are used in the Nordic countries for the
Christian Christmas (with its religious rites), but also for other holidays of the
season. Yule is also used to a lesser extent in English-speaking countries to refer to
Christmas. Customs such as the Yule log, Yule goat, Yule boar, Yule singing, and others
stem from Yule. The fact that Yule is not etymologically tied to Christianity means Yule
in the Nordic countries is also celebrated by many non-Christians and even by the non-
religious. The non-religious treat Yule as an entirely secular tradition.To complicate things further a number of Neopagans have introduced their own rites.

So have fun people but remember keep Religion in its place and out of the seasons fun!!


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