something to honk about
From last year
and if you are a Pagan, what do you think about the Christians using an evergreen tree as a symbol of their Christmas celebration?
I like to think of the evergreen tree we bring into our home, and glibly refer to as a Christmas tree though we are not Christians, as a pagan symbol of the solstice. It seems, however, that the lines are a little more blurry. Many older cultures around the world brought trees or branches or green leaves inside on the winter solstice as a celebration of the return of life as winter begins to wane.
Some scholars have put forth the idea that Christians co-opted this pagan symbol as a way to get more pagans to adopt Christianity. That seems believable. Perhaps early Christians had other reasons for using evergreen boughs or trees as a symbol during their winter holiday celebrations. It seems it was a…
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