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Discussion in 'Banter' started by jkerr, 24 Dec 2011.
Merry Christmas , everyone!! Have a great holiday!
Merry Christmas Jeff <3
MERRY CHRISTMAS!! :D
Thank you for raping my eyes and a very merry Christmas to all of you
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Um... whats that? oh and merry christmas! and happy qwanza and happy hanakuh (SPELL FAIL... i think)
Saturnalia is one of many pagan festivals that was subverted by Christians in an attempt to convert pagans to Christianity. From some of its traditions we have gained caroling (derived from nude drunken singing in the streets, which is a much more fun tradition), gift-giving, and gingerbread cookies (derived from the human sacrifice that concluded the festival.) In fact, many of the core Christian myths aren't even terribly unique. Many of them are actually descended from Zoroastrianism, which is the first known monotheistic religion. Zoroastrianism started in what is modern-day Iran, which would geographically explain the overlapping myths.
I don't understand. I'm not very good at internetting.
I was baffled at how someone could still be proud to be a "heathen" with such a tradition.
Oh, no, you misunderstand. I don't actually celebrate Saturnalia. I'm quite sure no one has done so in a rather long time. I simply wished everyone a happy Saturnalia because the time of year was correct and because there are many Christmas celebrations that have been taken from this ritual among many other pagan celebrations (mistletoe, the tree, gift-giving, gingerbread men, caroling, the yule log, and even the date for starters) that I find it amusing to point out the roots of the trappings of the holiday, especially when so many people are crying about "keeping the Christ in Christmas." Hell, even the oft-maligned "x-mas" doesn't have the same meaning people think it does. Rather than attempting to remove the personage of Jesus Christ from the holiday, many Christians felt that the "Christ" prefix was dangerously close to taking the Lord's name in vain, so they just "x-ed" it out.
I like knowing things!
Hmm really? I read somewhere the x-mas comes from some language or other who call "x" "chi" or "chist" or something, so when they said Christmas it sounded like x-mas.
Any language that different from English would have its own alphabet, and would thus not have "x" make any other noise. The only reason our alphabet is ever applied to a language is when English-speaking translators attempt to transcribe the language. They aren't always very successful, and often other translators come up with entirely different transcribed alphabets, but I can't think of any logical reason a translator would decide an "x" makes a "chi" or "christ" noise.