Originally posted by chappy1
December 25 used to be a pagan festival. It is no more! Someone came along (Jesus) who means so much more and holds so much more significance than some pagan tradition. CHRISTMAS has replaced your pagan rituals because it means SO much more. It will never go back to being called simply the midwinter festival. You're dreaming! I mean seriously, once you have steak you don't go back to hamburger!
Chappy you have no idea what you're talking about. There are more people than you think that celebrate this holiday for what it originally was.
While there are far more Christians in the world, the religion of Asatru was reborn in the 1970's and has been growing ever since. The religion was officially recognized in Iceland in 1973, Norway in 1994, Denmark in 2003, Sweden in 2007, and even though the US government does not officially recognize any religion, Asatru has had nonprofit religous status since the 70's.
Despite the fact that this religion does not actively seek converts, I've seen many new people in the past few years in the NE United States alone convert to this religion. Why is that? Because they find it more MEANINGFUL (to use your own words) than Christianity.
Steak can be great but sometimes there's nothing like a good hamburger.
That being said, this holiday will continue to primarily known to the general public as Christmas for a long time to come. I see no reason nor have any desire to see it changed. My only hope is that more Christians will at least acknowledge history and have a better understanding and respect for where many of their customs originate and stop being so damn condescending like you've just demonstrated here Chappy.