Friday, December 16, 2016

And so this is Christmas

  Christmas has always been a holiday celebrated carelessly.
 Pagans, Christians, Jews are swept away in the season’s festivities, 
few ever consider the celebration’s intrinsic meaning, history, or origins.



Named a saint in the 19th century,  Nicholas was born in Turkey in 270 CE and later was among the most senior bishops who created the New Testament. 
 He died in 345 CE on December 6th.  

     In 1087, a group of sailors who idolized Nicholas  gave each other gifts during a pageant they conducted annually on the anniversary of Nicholas’ death, December 6.

  The Nicholas cult spread and was adopted by German and Celtic pagans that worshiped  Woden  the father of Thor.  Woden had a long, white beard and rode a horse through the heavens one evening each Autumn.  After the 'merger'  he shed his Mediterranean appearance, grew a beard, mounted a flying horse, rescheduled his flight for December, and donned heavy winter clothing. 

  The Catholic Church adopted the Nicholas cult and taught that he did (and they should) distribute gifts on December 25th instead of December 6th.


In 1809, the novelist Washington Irving wrote a 'Knickerbocker History'
 The satire refers to the white bearded, flying-horse riding Saint Nicholas 
by his Dutch name, Santa Claus.

   Dr. Clement Moore, published a poem,“The night before Christmas" in 1822 portraying a Santa with eight reindeer who descended through chimneys.

In 1931, the Coca Cola Corporation contracted the Swedish commercial artist to create a coke-drinking Santa. modeled on his friend Lou Prentice, chosen for his cheerful, chubby face.  The corporation insisted that Santa’s suit be
 Coca Cola red.  And Santa was born – a blend of Christian crusader, 
pagan god, and commercial idol. 

Many who are excitedly preparing for their Christmas celebrations would prefer not knowing about the holiday’s real significance.  If they do know the history, they often object that their celebration has nothing to do with the holiday’s monstrous history and meaning.  “We are just having fun.”


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