First of all, a hearty "Merry Christmas" to each and every person who comes to this site. May each one of you know the blessings of the Savior as we celebrate His birth.
Kudos to Gene Veith, by the way, who has come up with a bunch of research that demonstrates that "what we all know" about Christmas is wrong. No, Rome didn't celebrate the Saturnalia when Christians started celebrating Christmas. Yes, there is actually evidence for a December birth of Christ. No, the Christmas tree does not appear to have clear pagan origins.
I'd like to add; no, there is no connection to the Mythra cult and "Invincible Sun" being changed to "Invincible Son." Sorry, but the Latin for the latter would be "Filius Invictus," and there is no pun for "Sol Invictus."
So while I have no problem with those who decide not to celebrate Christmas due to excesses of mammon in gift giving, veneration of "Santa Claus", and general excesses in food and drink, I do ask one little Christmas gift from them; lay off the "Christmas is from Babylon the Great" rhetoric. The claims made simply do not stand up to even a cursory examination.
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