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I rarely agree with Republicans on many things, but the whole not saying Christmas thing, and instead saying "happy holidays" or whatever, is a complete and utter joke. Can someone explain why non-Christians would be celebrating a holiday at this time anyway? Christmas is strictly a Christian holiday, celebrating the birth of Christ. So someone who does not believe in Christ would not really be celebrating anything, and therefore I don't think that saying happy holidays need apply.
The image of the Tree of Life is also a favorite in many mythologies. Various forms of trees of life also appear in folklore, culture and fiction, often relating to immortality or fertility. These often hold cultural and religious significance to the peoples for whom they appear. For them, it may also strongly be connected with the motif of the world tree.
Other examples of trees featured in mythology are the Banyan and the Peepal trees in Hinduism, and the modern tradition of the Christmas Tree in Germanic mythology, the Tree of Knowledge of Judaism and Christianity, and the Bodhi tree in Buddhism.
In folk religion and folklore, trees are often said to be the homes of tree spirits. Historical Druidism as well as Germanic paganism appear to have involved cultic practice in sacred groves, especially the oak. The term druid itself possibly derives from the Celtic word for oak.
Trees are a necessary attribute of the archetypical locus amoenus in all cultures. Already the Egyptian Book of the Dead mentions sycomores as part of the scenery where the soul of the deceased finds blissful repose.
Merry Solstice just doesn't sound right.
2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
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Oh, I see a very definite war on Christmas, myself. It's a cultural thing and about making it 100% commercial, 0% religious and always about profit from marketing. It's a war to ruin anything truly meaningful about it, outside business balance sheets.
Palin is just ripping off other people's crusades. Bill O' started this one years before Obama came to even be known as a name to consider....and as we see here sometimes, some have a near personal mission in life to see religious symbology stripped from all public view or awareness.
They can't do that with Xmas tho. TOOO much money to marginalize that one. So, they commercialize it to the point of meaning little more than happiness as judged by regifting and return lines the following week.
* I'm just wondering.. but top article is 5 days ago and the other two are from November.. I'm sure you have reasoning for calling it breaking news, I'm just curious how?edit on 9-12-2013 by Wrabbit2000 because: (no reason given)
Palin is right on this one.. Here in the uk, the simple word 'Christmas is almost tabu...just in case one offends someone. Sad worl we live in