Christmas is an interesting day for many people. Celebrated by Christians of all sects and divisions its beginnings shrouded in the mystery that is time. What is known as fact is that the Roman Catholic church took most of what it celebrates regarding this day from the Roman holiday of Saturnalia.
Pope Paul II in 1466 forced Jews to run naked through the streets of Rome as a sideshow for his murderous thugs and religion. Pope Julius I added Nativity to the religious calender on December the 25th effectively splitting the birth of Christ from March alone. In the 18th and 19th centuries the rabbis living in the ghettos of Rome were forced to wear clown outfits and march through the streets. Pope Gregory XIV stated that “this is not the time to make innovations” when he was petitioned to stop the abuse of the Jews. In 1881 on Christmas day 12 Jews were murdered in Warsaw Poland, as a result of christian leaders imploring the crowds to do so.
Saturnalia itself was a blood soaked holiday of excess and physical crime. A true reflection of the “civilized” Rome that so many who revere the idea of state embrace. Rape, murder and theft was rampant for a week. The courts were closed and no crimes were punished during this time. Much the same as the modern hollywood interpretation The Purge. The eating of rich foods in excess has not changed much since its early adoption. Even the Norse traditions lead to this, though for different reasons entirely. Remembering that Rome itself was a much milder climate and not as prone to loss of crops, food animals and the like due to harsh winters.
The Norse peoples celebrated a harvest feast and time when most cattle were slaughtered to prevent there having to feed all of them through the harsh winters. This was the celebration of Yule, a time when a large log was harvested and started on fire, until the log burned away completely the people ate, drank and generally partied. This could last upwards of two weeks. This was the time of the year when fresh meat was in abundance, grain had been harvested and the various strong alcoholic concoctions of the time were fully ready to drink. It was mostly a celebration of life, and not as the Christian and Roman communities had done a celebration of death, despair and physical crime against others.
The Catholic church adopted and changed the holiday of Yule broadening it and incorporating as it always has done additional observances until it became what it is today. Remember, the history of Christmas is not about peace, goodwill and cheer for all men but more about celebrating murder, rape and theft for much of its history. With the exception of Yule and similar tribal celebrations across Europe pre-Christian this really is a terrible holiday.
So as you wrap the packages you purchased while standing in endless lines and cursing the people pushing you, remember, if you added a knife or a bit of harmless rape or even chased a Jew or two, you would be really celebrating the way it should be. I do not expect most people to understand or even care about the truth, after all the sad fact is most readers tend to see one or two things and assume the rest. However, if you decide to do a little research feel free to ask or use the internet for something positive for once.
As for me and my family, will we celebrate? Yes, however, we will celebrate the positive aspects of family, love and harvest time as it was meant to be. My children understand that much of what they are told by others may in fact be wrong and do what they should do, question it! My daughter this morning stated, “daddy, I dont think Santa Claus is real but brother does.” I asked her why she didnt think so, and her response was quite nice to hear. “Because it was in a movie, and movies arent real!” Hey, at four years old I am fine with her figuring this out on her own. Her brother is 11 and autistic, for most of you this doesnt mean a thing. However, for those who have autistic kids there is a limit to that which you can actually question with them. And so this holiday season my daughter does not believe and my son does. They are as they should be, INDIVIDUALS!
Free the mind and the body will follow.
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