As December approaches the air all around becomes filled with the smell of Christmas. Without thinking, people get out their trees, put up their decorations, and start buying their gifts. To do all these things is normal; almost a force of habit. These habits are customs that people look forward to and treasure. For some, though, holidays have deeper meanings. They hold a deeper meaning, and are sacred and pure, in a way. To them, they have deep religious roots that span over generations and generations. What most people do not realize is that their beloved holidays often have pagan roots, and unpure beginnings.
If someone were to ask the general public how Easter began they would most likely be able to state the reason it is celebrated, though not all would, and different Easter celebrations of the time period. A problem with their answers would arise if someone asked them to link the two events together. Most self respecting Christians understand that Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead three days later, which is why we celebrate a holiday that memorializes him. If that is they case, where did the rabbit come in? If people are commemorating God’s son dying on the cross, then why do they do it by dressing up like animals and handing out eggs? Is it to make it more acceptable to society?
The same happens with Christmas. Most people can relay the story of the birth of Jesus easily off the top of their heads. Almost all people, five year olds and elderly alike can tell vivid stories of their Christmas celebrations, with Santa Claus, stockings and eggnog galore. The same problem comes up again, however, when someone asks how it all coincides. How did a man in a white beard become linked with the story of a baby born in a manger? Even more importantly, how could a baby be born safely in the middle of winter with little to no shelter?
Questions arise with almost every holiday. These holidays have either started from... [continues]
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