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Author Topic: The history of modern Yule and Christmas traditions?  (Read 5753 times)
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« Reply #2: December 09, 2008, 09:32:44 pm »

Have modern Yule traditions been derived from historical sources about ancient Pagan traditions or from Pagan-rooted traditions in a Christian context?

I think both. I do think it's possible that some NeoPagan Yule traditions have been derived from ancient Pagan traditions, although it seems to me that some people put a little too much stock in this sometimes. The idea that Christianity embraced some ancient Pagan traditions and thus brought them forward to the time of NeoPaganism seems extremely likely to me. Not that I'm an expert.

So have some ancient Pagan Yule tradition gone through a Christian transitory before they appeared in Neopagan Yule traditions?

Yes, I would say so. It seems likely that the way some NeoPagans dress their 'Christmas Trees' today is greatly influenced by the Christian tradition. It is said that Christmas Trees have roots in the Germanic Yuletide tradition, and yet I'm sure Christianity has had as much (if not more) influence on NeoPagan 'Christmas Trees'.

Is there still an influence of each other in celebrating Yule/Christmas today?

I'm not sure. Perhaps. I do however think it's nice that Yuletide/Winter Solstice/Christmas/Hanukkah all fall at around the same time of year. I like the general holiday feeling of this time of year.
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