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Christmas in ritual and tradition, Christian and Pagan

Clement A. Miles

Christmas in ritual and tradition, Christian and Pagan

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Published by Gale Research Co. in Detroit .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Christmas.,
  • Christmas -- History.

  • Edition Notes

    Statementby Clement A. Miles. London, T. F. Unwin, 1912.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsGT4985 .M5 1968
    The Physical Object
    Pagination399 p.
    Number of Pages399
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL5629340M
    LC Control Number68054858

    In the 12th century the Parisian monk Adam of St. It is only right that I should express here my special obligation, both for information and for suggestions, to Mr. The Norwegians believed that the sun was a giant wheel of fire that rolled away from the earth and began rolling back again on the winter solstice. These were fashioned like sprinklers, and with them were to be smeared all over with blood the pedestals of the idols and also the walls of the temple within and without; and likewise the men present were to be sprinkled with blood. Christmas Carols or Pagan songs? While Catholic nations adopted the Gregorian calendar immediately, as demanded by a Papal Bull, most protestant nations did not.

    People often brought the fronds into their homes during the time of the winter solstice. The Pagan Origins of Holly In Roman mythology, holly was the sacred plant of the god Saturn, and to honor him at the Saturnalia festival, the Romans gave each other gifts of holly wreaths. The Roman celebration of Saturnalia, which centered on the winter solstice, spread with the growth of the empire. In the 16th century, Christmas became a casualty of this church schism, with reformist-minded Protestants considering it little better than paganism, Nissenbaum said. But the Yule log has its origins in the cold winters of Norway, on the night of the winter solstice, where it was common to hoist a giant log onto the hearth to celebrate the return of the sun each year. Most people who celebrate Christmas associate the practice of gift giving with the Biblical tale of the three wise men who gave gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the newborn baby Jesus.

    The birch — apart from its phallic significance — may have a connection with the initiation rites of certain witch-covens; rites which entailed binding and scourging as a form of mock-death. Frazer's "The Golden Bough. There are lots of Pagan customs in Christianity. Red symbolizes the blood of Jesus, which was shed in his crucifixionwhile green symbolizes eternal life, and in particular the evergreen tree, which does not lose its leaves in the winter, and gold is the first color associated with Christmas, as one of the three gifts of the Magisymbolizing royalty. According to historians, it's a natural time for a feast. Kennedy and his wife Jackie.


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Christmas in ritual and tradition, Christian and Pagan book

It is followed for eight days after the solstice with a festival called Kalenda culminating with the Kalends of January. Ivy was adorned by the Romans. The painting's title draws a comparison between the spontaneous declaration of Claudius as the new emperor by the Praetorian Guard after the assassination of Caligula and the election of a Saturnalicius princeps.

That beyond Christmas Day, even beyond the twelve days of Christmas, there is a whole season of traditional celebrations with many interconnections. Sometimes Krampus appears with a sack or a basket strapped to his back; this is to cart off evil children for drowning, eating, or transport to Hell.

Io, Saturnalia! Fires were to be lighted in the middle of the temple floor, and kettles hung over the fires. Typically people would live and work during daylight hours, so the long and dark winter months must have seemed never-ending.

Rolls of brightly colored paper with secular or religious Christmas motifs are manufactured for the purpose of wrapping gifts. Throughout the world, gift-giving mythical beings are part of local traditions.

All of this gift-giving, along with the secular embrace of Christmas, now has some religious groups steamed, Nissenbaum said.

Twelve Christmas Traditions With Pagan Origins

Children all over the world are told that Father Christmas developed from St. Honigmann wrote that: The Saint Nicholas festival we are describing incorporates cultural elements widely distributed in Europe, in some cases going back to pre-Christian times.

The Talmud states that this festival was later turned into a pagan festival. The traditional colors of Christmas decorations are redgreenand gold. In December the sun appears to rise at the same point on the horizon for the three consecutive days beginning on the 22nd and then miraculously on the 25th it appears to move.

But did you know that many Christmas customs can trace their roots back to pagan origins? Sometimes accompanying St. Miles Published by T. It's what their ancestors did. The Talmud ascribes the origins of this festival to Adamwho saw that the days were getting shorter and thought it was punishment for his sin.

Traditionally, it was considered unlucky to buy a log and instead it was harvested from the householder's land or received as a gift.

Christmas traditions

Priests would use a golden sickle to cut a piece of mistletoe from an oak tree, catching the branches before they reached the ground.

Inspired by Paradise plays,[ citation needed ] which focused on Adam and Eve's encounter with a tempter, the Nicholas plays featured competition for the human souls and played on the question of morality.

Coins and nuts were the stakes. In the s, the government distributed pamphlets titled "Krampus Is an Evil Man". He saw the festival's theme of liberation and dissolution as representing the "freeing of souls into immortality"—an interpretation that Mithraists may also have followed, since they included many slaves and freedmen.

Neopaganism[ edit ] As forms of Neopaganism can be quite different and have very different origins, these representations can vary considerably despite the shared name. In some, Krampus has sexual overtones; he is pictured pursuing buxom women.

Slaves, who ordinarily were not entitled to wear the pilleus, wore it as well, so that everyone was "pilleated" without distinction. The Increasing Popularity of Christmas Gradually, Christian popularity increased, their customs became commonplace, and holly lost its links to Paganism and became a traditional symbol of Christmas.

The Norse of Scandinavia, the Druids in England and Ireland, the indigenous peoples of the Americas, all celebrated holidays throughout the year.Dec 14,  · Every year as December rolls in, some 2 billion people start to feel the Christmas cheer.

While the celebration is primarily a Christian one honoring the birth of Jesus, its traditions merge with the beliefs and customs of a whole host of ancient cultures – gift-giving and feasts from the RomansAuthor: Alicia Mcdermott. Dec 12,  · In the modern age, the majority of the world view Christmas as a Christian holiday in origin.

However, this is not the case. A lot of popular traditions that are associated with Christmas are not indeed Christian in origin. Many have pre-Christian beginnings in pagan festivals that were celebrated by the pagan populace around the.

A slightly mis-leading book: It's less about Christmas/Yuletide/Solstice traditions (though there is plenty about that) than it is about Christmas PLANTS. Not as silly as it sounds: Christmas trees, mistletoe, plums, holly berries; there are lots of plants associated with our rituals (Christian AND pagan 4/5.

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