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  •  The early church (5+ / 0-)

    considered the celebration of Jesus' birth akin to the conceit of earthly Kings who celebrates their own birthdays.  The birth of Jesus, a man, was not nearly as important as the January 6th Epiphany of the revelation of God the Son.

    Christmas, as we know it, appears to me to be a consolidation of the Roman Saturnalia, where people gave each other presents, and the new state Church of Constantine.

    It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. - Molly Ivins

    by se portland on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 10:58:47 AM PST

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    •  Aaahh Constantine! (4+ / 0-)

      Saint Constantine the Great had more to do with the success of Christianity (and Christmas) than even Jesus IMHO.

      He may have established Christmas;

      Roman Emperor Constantine Started Established Christmas Celebration with Pagan Festivals of Mediterranean Osirian Sarturnalia and Rites of Persian Mithra Sun Fire God Worship Merged with Christmas Celebration Edict of Toleration 313 A. D. Codified by Roman Reformer Emperor Constantine Started Christmas Celebration as Pagan Winter Solstice Festival Worhsip of Nature not Creator God

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      by Shockwave on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 11:22:04 AM PST

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