Christmas is God’s answer to Solstice

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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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.

Steven Broiles

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… Read more »


“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:”

Dr. Eowyn

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… Read more »