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Why does Christianity still keep Roman Pagan elements like Christmas?

This isn’t criticizing, just curious. I happen to be a Pagan myself. I enjoy Christmas in a secular way. Why do Christians keep Christmas on the same day Romans used to observe Sol Invictus?

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  1. Because most of them have forgotten why it was moved to the 25th in the first place.
    Now they actually BELIEVE it was their celebration to begin with.
    They don’t realize that it was moved to the Solstice celebration in an effort to take power away from the Pagan celebration, and therefor convince Pagans that Christianity was the way to go.

  2. Because the myth in the bibble about the birth of babby Jebus is just another metaphor about the rebirth of the Sun… Not only did they steal the pagan holidays, they stole their myths as well.. If you take away all the paganism from Churchianity all you’re left with is a Church and a bunch of slaves.

  3. because they don’t want to celebrate the festivals God gave us in the Bible, which Jesus showed us how to keep. most Christians have more important things to do than heed the word of God.

  4. Christmas, which is the American English name of the Roman Catholic solemnity “Nativity of the Lord,” is not exactly the same thing as either Saturnalia or other pagan festivals from around the Northern Hemisphere that generally marked the shorter days of winter.
    While there are similar elements to many of these celebrations and not merely the Roman one, and while some authorities have in the past made some connections between the two (and admittedly there are some customs that both feasts do seem to share), it isn’t the same thing.
    The latest research on the subject shows that Puritan distaste for Catholicism led to a colorization of historical facts regarding the date chosen to begin the solemnity, December 25. Puritans and other Protestant religions that had a habit of demonizing Catholicism were all too eager to make claims that anything in the feast that looked “pagan” (meaning looked like worship of the Devil and not necessarily ancient or current Pagan practices) was such. This went not only for Christmas but other elements of Catholic worship, from its form of prayers to the shape of the bread used for Holy Communion. For centuries these views went unchallenged. As noted above from another person who has answered, critical analysis of this information and Catholic Church history tends to prove otherwise.
    It should also be noted that many of the customs associated with the celebration are not usually formal aspects of the Church’s liturgical celebration. While some in the past have claimed that they were exclusive to pagan celebrations, again it seems that Puritan distaste for Catholicism still held responsibility for this bias.
    Customs for celebrating the event differ greatly and usually depend on the traditional customs associated with the peoples of the country at the time Christianity appeared on their national scene. In the Northern Hemisphere, in particular Europe, many of these customs have a connection to some pagan ritual, while others just appear so.
    But people forget that there are two hemispheres to the earth, and what might seem like Christmas fun and essential elements of the celebration to most of us have found no place in the Southern Hemisphere that is celebrating the Nativity as they begin to enter the hot days of Summer.
    There is no need for customs in this part of the world which use light to illuminate long cold nights. For them the nights are getting shorter, warmer, and muggy. Therefore, except for Christmas lights which now seem to be universal, the way people on this side of the world celebrate Christmas often looks little like the way you and I are used to it. In the Southern Hemisphere the use of Christmas lights has connection only to Christ being the “Light of the World” as there were no pagan feasts in their summer to “borrow” lights from in that region associated with Summer. Usually fireworks are employed for Christmas as well like our 4th of July in the USA.
    The customs of celebration therefore are not official parts of the Church celebration in itself. In fact in Italy the main decoration used is the Creche or Nativity Scene, and not the Christmas tree.
    By the way, it is “Natalis Invicti” and not Sol Invictus that the Christmas date is usually said to be based on.*

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