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  •  I see Santa not as a traditional religious figure (4+ / 0-)

    but rather coming from a Nordic pagan origin (Odin who gave gifts to the poor in mid-winter). I understand from history how and why the early Christians "borrowed" December 25  to appeal to the Roman pagan population accustomed to celebrating both the winter solstice and the mythic 12-25 birthday of Mithra.  Although I'm not religious at all, I believe I see a universal human impetus to celebrate seasonal cycles. Who doesn't need to stop everything and have a party in the dead of winter? Early northern Europeans, especially, who really struggled through winters without modern heat and light, must have been thrilled to see the days getting longer again.

    Actually, I see the spring holiday of rebirth in much the same light -- vegetation turning green again, animals giving birth -- seem to beg for a celebration of fertility symbolized by eggs and bunnies and baskets of green grass. When a dear (also non-religious) friend who is married to a somewhat religious Jewish man felt conflicted over wanting to have a little egg coloring/hunting fun with their two pre-school-age daughters, I suggested she approach it from the Pagan angle as a symbol and celebration of all things feminine. The whole family was happy with that.

    To me, other major holidays like Halloween (the celebration of the dead) and Thanksgiving (the celebration of the harvest) also fit into my paradigm as something that is human yet predates all of today's religions.

    Okay, this is my story and I'm sticking to it, but maybe I just want any excuse to have a party. LOL, I like exchanging presents, too.

    Eliminate tax breaks that stimulate the offshoring of jobs.

    by RJDixon74135 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 02:46:11 PM PDT

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