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The fir tree has a long association with Christianity, it began in Germany almost a 1000 years ago when St Boniface, who converted the German people to Christianity, was said to have come across a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree. In anger, St Boniface is said to have cut down the oak tree and to his amazement a young fir tree sprung up from the roots of the oak tree. St Boniface took this as a sign of the Christian faith. But it was not until the 16th century that fir trees were brought indoors at Christmas time.
Long before the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ evergreens were used by the pagans in their superstitious worship. They took their ability to remain green year round as a symbol of immortality, fertility, and the resurrection of the sun god.
In the northern regions of Europe they were brought inside also under the superstitious notion that the woodland spirits and fairies would live in them during the winter and thus survive the cold. (No doubt this would also give "good luck" to the people as well.) In Italy evergreens were used to decorate in honor of Saturn.(1)
(1) the stories of our Christmas Customs, by N. F. Pearson, Ladybird Books Ltd.
Ok there is the birth of jesus. Obviously this is as christian as anything can get so lets leave it at that.
Originally posted by stalkingwolf
Which DOB would that be ? [/quoet]
I don't think that it makes a difference what date is used. The idea that its a holiday around the birth of a 'god' could be considered to b 'paganistic', but I was saying that they can get a 'free pass' on that one.
The Neo-Pagan revival was started by Gerald Gardner and was based upon the old pre-Christian religions that the early popes had deemed Pagan.
have a party with a lot of sinning
They didn't know what those beleifs were tho. For example, the modern druids consider themselves to be the ideological descendants of the origianl druids, when nothing is known about the beleifs of the ancient druids.