Monday, December 21, 2009

Solstice


Today marks the winter solstice. The first day of winter. If you are a pagan it is a holiday. If you are not then it is supposed to be the shortest day of the year. Some historians say the solstice is one of the reasons that the birth of Christ is celebrated around this time of year. There was already a holiday so the early Christians piggybacked on solstice. Others believe that Christ was actually born sometime in the middle of the summer around July. There is a historic record of the census taking by the Romans of the Jews that caused Joseph and Mary to end up in Joseph's native birthplace of Bethlehem near the beginning of the year around Christmas. We do know that the Christmas Tree was originally a pagan symbol from the area where Germany is today. Isn't history fun?

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