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Historically, people have always celebrated the winter solstice as the time when the days begin to lengthen, indicating the earth’s return to life. Ancient Romans feasted and reveled during the festival of Saturnalia. Early Christians condemned these Roman celebrations — they were waiting for the end of the world and had only scorn for earthly pleasures. By the fourth century, the pagans were worshipping the god of the sun on December 25, and the Christians came to a decision: if you can’t stop ’em, join ’em. They claimed (contrary to known fact) that the date was Jesus’ birthday, and usurped the solstice holiday for their Church.

— Leonard Peikoff, “Christmas Should Be More Commercial

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Written by [IMH]

20 December 2005 at 11:59 pm

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  1. Actually, this turns out not to be the case (for all that it’s conventional wisdom); see this.

    Will Duquette

    21 December 2005 at 11:19 pm


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