Can Christmas be observed in the Christian and Pagan faiths equally at the same time?

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I keep wrestling with my spirituality and would like to observe both faiths.

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  1. Well, first of all, “pagan” is not a single religion, it is a term for all religions that are not the one the speaker ascribes to.
    There have been winter solstice celebrations in many pagan religions, and Christmas is like them – a festival of lights to scare away the “darkness” however you want to define darkness, and remind people of the continuing cycle of existence.
    It is good to observe such celebrations in a thoughtful self examining or introspective way as part of a normal spiritual discipline, no matter what religion you belong to.

  2. Christmas is a Christian festival – the “pagan origins” idea is a myth and not supported by historical evidence, though modern pagans do use the myth as a justification for moving in on the Christian festival. I don’t personally mind if other people want to join in with the Christian celebration, but they should have the honesty to admit that is what they are doing.
    Marginally more sensible pagans celebrate their winter feast on December 21st (the winter solstice) which they often call “Yule”. This is not a historical celebration – they invented it and some incorporate Christmas (i.e. Christian) traditions – even the word “Yule” which in Scandinavia means Christmas. However, if you want a pagan winter celebration, that is about all there is.
    But you really ought to make your mind up soon – and please do try applying some intelligence.

  3. Ever since Christianity “stole” December 25th as a holy day ( Pagan celebrated various events around the Winter Solstice which in about the 1200s was celebrated on December 25th (before the Gregorian calendar corrected the Julian calendar). The pagans celebrated the “birth of the Sun” versus Christians who celebrate the “birth of the Son”. So no I don’t think they can.

  4. Many traditions of the modern Christmas are actually holdovers from Northern European paganism anyway: holly wreaths, mistletoe, Yule logs, decorated trees, gift exchanges, Santa Claus, reindeer, wassail, etc etc etc. I guarantee you could celebrate a completely pagan holiday and nobody would know the diifference except you. The only real difference would be your beliefs as to why you did it.

  5. No, Although some believe that they can be, the truth of the matter is the Pagans (Romans) murdered Christians and then centuries later supposed Christians murdered Pagans. You can observe what ever you wish, however, most Christan’s will not accept you and you will have to hide your pagan beliefs,and Pagans are not much different, a;though I have heard of groups that have proclaimed themselves Christian Pagans or Witches

  6. Depends on what aspect of Christmas you’re looking at. If from the cultural perspective, then sure! But otherwise it can’t. To have Christmas be viewed by two religions, both religions must be monotheistic, meaning they only believe in one god. That god must preferably be the same as the Christian God. If you don’t believe at least that much, then it can’t work.
    Sorry if this sounds really religious, like I’m trying to get you to be non-Pagan or anything.

  7. I don’t see the point in embracing both unless you embrace both paganism and christianity… and they conflict with each other completely.
    to me christmas is purely secular… i refuse to make it a religious holiday.

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