Friday, December 16, 2005

Let's give the holidays back to the pagans

My opinion Andrew M. Greeley
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 12.13.2005
A long time ago, a very wise teen told me she thought it was a shame Christmas came during the holidays. She had a point.
I've often thought that the ancient church made a mistake when it tried to convert the Roman feast of the Saturnalia (or Lupercalia as it was also called) into the celebration of the birthday of Jesus. It didn't quite work.
In Britain, for example, from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" to Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales," there is not the slightest mention of Jesus.
Thank you Pater Greely, for putting the sanity back in Christmas.


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