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Anonymous asked: Is Christmas a pagan holiday? I dont like to think it is. Doesnt make sense at all. Your thoughts?
Christmas itself is a holiday based on Christianity but the time of year that it falls in specifically was done with purpose. If Jesus was to exist at all and was born in a manger he was not born in the middle of winter in Judea. Christians moved the birth of their savior to line up with the pagan holiday of Saturnalia as a way of trying to draw attention away from the pagan. Christianity was in competition with many of the religions of the time and they used various tactics to win people away from the existing pagan beliefs. So in the end it is not specifically a pagan holiday, but they took the same date as a pagan holiday in order to try to draw attention to their cause and detract from pagan belief.