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Thread #54983   Message #853335
Posted By: Raedwulf
24-Dec-02 - 07:24 PM
Thread Name: Pagan thoughts on 'Santa Claus'
Subject: RE: Pagan thoughts on 'Santa Claus'
Well, the green of Dickens was the normal colour, till Coca-cola invented the red & white ho-ho-ho variety of Santa Claus somwhere round the tail end of the 19thC (@1880ish, IIRC).

More to the point, as any fule kno (sic), most of the 'christmas' traditions are christian theft from paganism - "we can't stamp their faith out so we'll just pinch all their symbolism & justify it as best we can..."

The Yule tree, the Yule log, the date (contrary to the suggestion in another thread, I have read somewhere that jc's birthdays is actually proven to be September (not April), according to Roman census records), & so on & so forth; none of 'em are christian at all.

I was rather amused by a piece on the BBC website concerning an argument in Canada where a 'christmas' tree was (allegedly) renamed by the city council as a 'holiday' tree so as not to offend anyone. Of course, this offended practically everyone... *bg* The irony, inevitably, is that it's not a 'christmas' tree at all, but blatant pagan symbolism...

Waes thu hael & a happy Yule!