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Letter: Christmas history


Saturday, December 08, 2018

Now comes yet another “The sky is falling” cry that there is a war on Christmas, one that, just for starters, errs in saying Jesus was born on Dec. 25 (Monitor letters, Dec. 3). Period.

According to historians, winter would not have been a time when shepherds were in their fields, nor would a census have been taken, prompting Mary and Joseph to travel. It was simply too cold.

Dec. 25 was chosen by the church after Catholicism became a state religion in 440 C.E., because the Roman festival of Saturnalia was during that time, and the hierarchy was most keen to attract followers. They usurped it, as they did every other pagan festival. There is no mention of Dec. 25 in the Bible.

The writer goes on to make his own war on Santa, Rudolph and Frosty in his zeal to bring back a theocratic state once the business of the Catholic church’s crusades. Quelle horreur the menorah, or any non-Christian display! He owns the season. Period.

Yes, there is a war, and he gives the battle cry. How soon he forgets the central message of the Christmas season: Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All. Period.

DARLENE OLIVO

Concord