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Friday, December 19, 2014

What's all the fuss all about anyway?: Pt. 2

As some of you may remember, I had written a post back in 2012 titled, “What’s All the Fuss All About Anyway?” In it, I spoke a little about the origins of some of our contemporary holiday traditions and how they relate to our modern culture.

As of late, I have taken notice of the fact that there appears to be quite a lot of controversy surrounding the use of the phrase, “Happy Holidays” as many seem to feel that it is only appropriately acceptable to wish someone, be they Christian or not, “Merry Christmas!” Now, first let me begin by saying that although I am Wiccan/Pagan and as such personally choose to only celebrate/acknowledge Yule and the Winter Solstice, I have never been offended by someone of the Christian faith wishing me a "Merry Christmas." 

Why not? Well, to be perfectly honest, there is no need. As far as I am concerned, unless that individual’s intent is malicious or purposely meant to be offensive, I see no reason to get all bent out of shape about it. After all, we all come from the same Universal “creator” so to speak regardless of exactly what faith/religion we choose to follow on this Earthly plane. Therefore; for the purposes of this post, I will try to cover a bit of history which I hope you all will find, at the very least, interesting.

For instance the Christmas tree, perhaps one of the most popular symbols known to embrace the season, has pre-Christian roots. Though trees indeed represented the connection between heaven and Earth, similar ideas are found in the Old Testament as well as trees also symbolized wisdom and life. However, it wasn’t until the middle of the 18th century that the tree gained popularity in the United States.

And what about the practice of gift-giving and the lore behind the mistletoe? The exchanging of gifts which we know to be commonplace today, was actually banned in the Middle Ages by the Catholic Church due to its' "Pagan" origins, but it was later rationalized by the church because of its' association with St. Nicholas and Christmas, and that gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh were given to the infant Jesus. 

A pic of one of our holly bushes in the front yard ~ another symbol of the season.

Mistletoe has always been a revered plant since it has no roots yet remains green even during the cold winter months. In fact, the Scandinavian people associated it with Frigga, the Norse goddess of love, and, it is more than likely that this is where we derive the old custom of "kissing under the mistletoe." People believed then, as they still do today, that those kissed under the mistletoe would be blessed with happiness and good luck in the following year.

These are only a few simple examples of how history has a way of connecting us to everyone, everything, and every culture. And so, it seems to me that getting too caught up in the "mine is the only right way" game is just down right silly!


  1. Great post Kim ;o) I agree with everything you have said ;o) I have people say Merry Christmas to me and Happy Hanukkah to me! LOL! And, I say thanks ;o) I feel, it is wished to me, with blessings ;o) I take no offence ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

  2. I was brought up a catholic and am now a Pagan and to be honest Happy Holidays annoys me, even Happy Christmas sounds wrong to me. Merry Christmas is what I prefer. I work in a hospital with lots of people of all religions and have yet to find one in our department who is offended at Merry Christmas!
    Anyway, Seasons Greetings to you and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Festive Season, Yule etc and that 2015 brings all that you wish for.

  3. Wonderful post! I agree wholeheartedly. I grew up in the catholic family but switched to paganism few years ago. I was shocked to find out how many catholic traditions have pagan roots. A lot of people have no idea.

    As to the greetings.... I really don't care how somebody wishes me good times... Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, whatever it is I know what they mean and I'm grateful for the blessings.

    Have a wonderful time this holiday season and blessings to you and your family. :)