Just to debunk some ideas. Happy Christmas – the official birthday
Perhaps not the most common myths about Christmas, but these are the ones I regularly have to interact with online.
1. Christmas is a Christianisation of celebrations for Sol Invictus
Given that the first indisputable *dating* for Christmas to Dec 25th is the same document (the Chronicon of 354) that first attests to a birthday for Invictus, possibly Sol Invictus, it’s impossible to assert that Christmas is derivative of Sol Invictus’ birthday, any more certainly than the opposite.
2. Christmas involved a deliberate strategy of taking over Pagan holidays
Patristic authors never talk about such a strategy, pagan opponents never accuse such a strategy, and Christian theologians generally spend their time telling believers to stay well away from pagan holidays. The earliest argument for this view is not until the 17th and early 18th century, with proponents like Paul Ernst Jablonski and Jean Hardouin. The earliest suggestion of deliberate ‘takeover’…
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