Christmas is God’s answer to Solstice

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The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. – Isaiah 9:2

Let the Son shine into your heart

Solstice is the darkest part of the year in the northern hemisphere. The days become troublingly short, with night falling before afternoon is over. For those with “seasonal affective disorder” it can be a time of dangerous heavy depression.

The Church chose the period near Solstice to replace the pagan bacchanal celebrations with holy gatherings to honor the Nativity of Jesus Christ

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
– John 1:1-5


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5 responses to “Christmas is God’s answer to Solstice

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  2. Very true. A light shining in the darkness. From no room at the inn, to a God who welcomes everyone. Merry Christmas one and all.

  3. We are living in darkness, and we know that there is something woefully incomplete and imperfect about our fallen human nature. The doctrine of Original Sin is the only dogma, to my knowledge, that we have any empirical evidence for. As a mere mortal, I cannot understand my role, my part or my responsibility in Adam’s and Eve’s sin; Yet we do take on faith that God wanted humanity to share in His Creation as stewards. We can reasonably assume that had Adam & Eve not sinned, someone else would have. But we can reasonably assume that, had no one ever sinned—and I believe this could have been possible had Adam & Eve not sinned—then all of humanity would have had one unbroken chain of grace and progress under God’s Will.

    The naturalists and unbelievers worship the solstice. Yes, where the heavenly bodies line up and when is important as far as time and the seasons are concerned. But to hang our hat on the movements of these stars, planets and moons as if they controlled our actions and our destiny is not only stupid, but it is superstitious as well. (So when Nietzsche says, “I beg you my brothers, remain faithful to the earth!” he is begging us to remain in darkness!)

    When the people who walked in darkness saw that Great Light, they knew it. They did not look a gift horse in the mouth. When Christ appeared on the scene as worked His Miracles, people did not analyze; They utilized. They wanted those miracles for themselves and for others. The Book of John lays it out plainly: Christ is the Logos, the Word, the Reason and Order of all of Creation. Conversely, the Pharisees and those who seek their “protection” are those who insist on living in darkness despite the Light!

    I wish everyone at FOTM a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ahead. Already, the daylight hours are getting longer!

  4. “Christmas Originally Was a Celebration of the Conversion of Pagan Germans to Christianity”

    “… the actual origins of Christmas were based on the conversion of Germanic pagans to Christianity, not necessarily a celebration of the literal day of Christ’s birth on the winter solstice:”

    • From Jimmy Akin, “9 Things You Need to Know About Christmas“:

      No matter how many times you hear Sheldon Cooper (or anyone else) say Christmas is based on a pagan holiday (whether Saturnalia, Sol Invictus, or anything else), we simply have no evidence of this.

      If you read the writings of the Church Fathers, you do not find those who assign Christmas to December 25th saying things like, “Let’s put Jesus’ birthday here so we can subvert a pagan holiday.” (Not that subverting pagan holidays is a bad thing.) They simply don’t do that.

      The ones who say Jesus was born on December 25th do so because that is when they think he was born.

      In his book, The Spirit of the Liturgy, Pope Benedict comments:

      “The claim used to be made that December 25 developed in opposition to the Mithras myth, or as a Christian response to the cult of the unconquered sun promoted by Roman emperors in the third century in their efforts to establish a new imperial religion. However, these old theories can no longer be sustained” (pp., 107-108).


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