Once Upon a Time….



How Christmas and Paganism are alike!https://www.theodysseyonline.com/the-story-of-yule by Karli Slomka Dec 20, 2016









Christmas is an extremely diverse holiday. While we fail to notice it most of the time, cultural aspects from all around the world come together and merge into the holiday that we know of as Christmas. Of course, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ, the son of God. However, Christmas isn’t as simple as that, especially when gift-giving, reindeer, elves, trees, and snow are thrown into the mix; after all, baby Jesus certainly never saw snow! This raises the question: where do these aspects come from? While there are many different cultures and religions that have inspired the modern-day celebration of Christmas, one religious celebration stands out the most: the pagan celebration of the winter solstice known as Yule.

Out of all winter celebrations that take place during this time of year, one of the least-recognized seems to be Yule, celebrated by both pagans and Wiccans. Historically celebrated by Germanic pagans, Yule is the celebration of the coming light, which will bear itself when spring arrives. Similar to Christmas, Yule marks the time in which the new year begins at the Winter Solstice.

Since these pagan traditions came from primarily Germanic regions, symbols such as snow, reindeer, and evergreen trees came to represent the season. Of course, since Yule is the celebration of the coming of the light, candles were a very prominent symbol to the pagans of the past. To modern pagans, not only candles, but also artificial lights uphold the symbolism of the Horned god.






Yule, like most other Sabbats, is a massive celebration, celebrated with caroling, wassailing, mistletoe, and gifts, as well as prayers and elaborate rituals performed to honor the coming of the Horned God, one of the primary Wiccan deities. Gift-giving was very prominent in the Roman Holiday Saturnalia, which was adopted by the Germanic pagans, and, finally, adopted by the Christians.







Of course, many Christians are horrified at the realization that their holy day is so similar to a pagan holiday. However, it is important to remember that history isn’t always exclusive; cultures have always merged and split over time, and customs have always been adopted and abandoned. This does not mean that Yule is Christian, nor that Christmas is Pagan; it is simply a similarity developed due to cultural exchanges. Some other similarities between Pagan and Christian traditions are Ostara and Easter, as well as Lughnasadh and Thanksgiving.







It’s so easy to alienate those who have different customs than us, but it’s of utmost importance that we remember that, within all of our differences, we can cherish the things that bring us together. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, and Blessed Yule.

15 thoughts on “THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS

  1. Anony Mole says:

    Thank you for what is easily the most apropos Holiday Post I’ve read this winter.
    To share, I found this (as a prompt for the word “sabbat”; had to query), which seems helpful: http://www.dummies.com/religion/paganism/wiccan-holidays-celebrating-the-sun-on-the-sabbats/
    It feels as if humanity could unite under our common celebrations of the solar calendar. Well, one can hope.
    A joyous Yuletide to you too.

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    1. Thank you so much and I agree, why can’t we bond over our humanity and build bridges instead of walls. Have a lovely holiday! K D 🙂

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  2. frenchc1955 says:

    Karen, This is wonderful!

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  3. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    This is an extremely interesting and important post about the connection of holidays!

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    1. Charles, yes, I thought so too and it is a shame that religion builds walls instead of building bridges to separate us for very silly reasons, but Christmas does make things Merry and Happy for all. Karen 🙂

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  4. Great post Karen very interesting! Maybe you like to see my “Wintmas Collection” 15 days of Christmas theme watercolor paintings this is the link of my latest post https://yesterdayafter.com/2017/12/18/holidays-art-last-paintings-for-the-15-days-of-wintmas/ There is also a Gallery linked in the post where you can see all of the paintings! Wish you a wonderful and Merry Christmas! ❤

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    1. I just looked at your site and they are lovely pieces of art! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too! Karen 🙂

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      1. Thank you Karen wish you a wonderful Christmas! ❤

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  5. Jennie says:

    Much like blended families, customs and traditions blend over time as well. You point this out beautifully, Karen. A wonderful post. Merry Christmas to you. 🎄

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    1. Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to you, Jennie! Thank you, Karen 🙂

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      1. Jennie says:

        You’re most welcome, Karen. Same to you! 🎄😀

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    1. Thank you, Vincent, for reblogging this interesting story. I would like to explained, what is known as the Horned God. It is a forest God from Paganism, pre-Christianity. It simply means he protects the animals, the trees and plants from harm and promotes Spring with live births of all animals, growth of plants, wheat, rye, and of foods that humans consume, making fertility of all things healthy. It in no way represents anything evil or destructive. Thank you again and Merry Christmas! Karen 🙂

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      1. You’re very welcome Karen and thanks for the explanation, the Ancient Neastern world had similar gods they worshipped and honored. Have a very Merry Christmas to you and yours as well my friend 😎

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