There! I said it! And I’m not at all upset about it. I do like Christmas, and it doesn’t really matter why. Though, this wouldn’t be much of a blog entry if I didn’t go into it anyway would it? So here goes.
It’s probably just because of cultural reasons that I feel this way. I was raised with the sights, sounds, and smells of the Christian holiday, and every December, I almost literally crave all of those things. It’s the ‘warmth’ of the season. The family get togethers that happen so infrequently throughout the year. The seasonal specific foods. And the many other things that go on this time of year that really separate it from all other times.
I realize that most of those things are just aesthetic. But for me, I don’t need the supernatural elements that the ‘origins’ of this season claim, for me to be able to enjoy, embrace, and celebrate this time of year. Yeah, I could call it a Solstice Celebration or something of that sort. But then, it seems to lose that cultural history that makes Christmastime a unique part of who I am. Those things are a PART of me, whether I believe the religious elements or not.
So, I will probably be saying a lot of ‘Merry Christmases’ again this year, and not feeling the least bit conflicted about it.
As we approach the holidays this year, I find myself looking at the season in a completely new and different light. Literally and figuratively. Learning what I’ve learned this year has opened my eyes to what is the real truth behind all the pomp and circumstance of this time of year.
As is obvious from previous posts, I was brought up to believe that Christmas was the celebration of the birth of the Christian saviour, Jesus Christ. What I’ve been able to learn through study, research, and self examination is that Jesus is mearly the last of a long line of ‘solar dieties’…sun gods. Many dieties before him have the exact same attributes that Christians believe are only attributes of their christ. Horus, Mithra, Krishnu to name a few…all have stories that are very much the same as Christ. But were worshipped hundreds and in some cases, THOUSANDS of years prior to the advent of Christianity. It doesn’t take a monumental effort in research to find this information…but it does take looking.
The VERY short version is that on December 22nd, 23rd, and 24th in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun stops it’s decent towards the horizon which creates shorter and shorter days to that point. Then on December 25th, the sun begins to move back away from the horizon, welcoming the prospect of longer days and the warmer seasons. Also, on that day the three stars in the belt of Orion (called by the ancients…’The Three Kings’) align with the star Sirius (the ‘Star in the East’) and point the the location on the horizon where the Sun begins to rise again…or ‘The Birth of the SUN” (not Son). This ONLY happens on December 25th every year.
There are many, MANY more similarities and comparisons that can be made, but they just go to further support the fact that all of our major religions come from sun worship. and yeah, that includes christianity.
So, this year, when we bring our tree into the house and put a STAR on the top and usually a nativity below, I will understand and appreciate what the ancients saw on that great day every year when the Sun was reborn!