The History of Christmas: Is It Pagan?

The History of Christmas: Is It Pagan?

ChristmasHere is a good perspective on Christmas.

Christmas ( noun 1. the annual festival of the Christian church commemorating the birth of Jesus: celebrated on December 25 and now generally observed as a legal holiday and an occasion for exchanging gifts.

Every year after Thanksgiving, multitudes of nativity scenes—wood, plastic, and living—go up in towns across the United States, and every year somebody has to complain about one or two of them. This year, the Cherokee County Courthouse in Rusk, Texas is the winner. A local humanist has objected to the nativity scene annually set up on the courthouse lawn because the display is dominated by Christian themes. He’s gotten an attorney involved, insisting that the display is unconstitutional. (If the town also celebrates the miracle of Hanukkah by placing a bright menorah on the lawn, will the humanist be any happier?)

With all its joys, the Christmas Season tends to raise controversies. There are the yearly battles over whether store employees should say, “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.”

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