The objections to the “War on Christmas” notwithstanding, it is easily acquired knowledge that Christians highjacked winter solstice festivals to create a birthday celebration for their god, the birth date of whom is unstated in any biblical writings (yes, astronomers try to place it in time by looking for times in which a bright object overhead could be the “Star of Bethlehem” but that makes the assumption that the “guide star” was real and not a copy of the many guide star tropes in previous stories).
This was a strategy learned from the Romans; the Romans allowed all conquered peoples to maintain their local gods, as long as they accepted the Roman emperor into their pantheon, as a way to pacify local populations. Since Christians are monotheistic, they simply allowed local religious festivals but with aggressive Christian rebranding.
Well, what goes around comes around, and a recent survey in England, reported in today’s Guardian newspaper, that “one in 10 people aged 25 to 34 in modern Britain think that Father Christmas is mentioned in the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus.” Others believe that the birthing scene of the baby Jesus included a Christmas tree.
You can’t complain about the taste of a stew to which you added only some of the ingredients, no?
I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Dear Reader.