You pagan heathen youTaansend wrote: ↑Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:39 pmIt had loads of names. It was celebrated all across Europe. The Romans called it Saturnalia. That's where the wreath on the door came from. Germanic people called it Yule. It was about getting through the shortest days of winter.
The evergreen tree is a centrepoint because it doesn't shed its leaves during this time.
Kissing under the mistletoe is the same. It kept its berries throughout winter so kissing under it was symbolic for life. Mistletoe actually means "shit twig" in old English or Celtic as the white berry looks like bird poo.
Early christianity tried to stamp out this winterfest but people carried on so they just said "OK, we'll celebrate the birth of Jesus then" even though he wasn't born then & there's no record of it anywhere.
Everything about Christianity is stolen from other religions/traditions except the name Jesus. But his life is mainly taken from a Greek Demigod, Attis.
Actually, I've been reading a lot of Tolkien biographical stuff recently and it's really interesting to read how so much of his Middle Earth people, stories, culture, lore etc comes from pre-Christian times....particularly Norse and Celtic legends.
The irony in that he was a devout Roman-Catholic.