‘Twas millennia before Christmas – OU News

Posted: December 24, 2015 in History
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“The festival of the son

“It was in the fourth century that the Church adopted the winter solstice as a Christian celebration, turning the ‘festival of the sun’ into the ‘festival of the son’. Traditional pagan practices were either phased out by the Church or turned into Christian traditions. For example, Pope Julius I chose 25 December as the date for Christmas in an attempt to ‘Christianise’ the pagan celebrations that were already held at this time of year.”

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