poohcarrot wrote:I'm glad that we are still disagreeing. At least their is some normality in a world gone crazy (with 1,000 elephants! )
It doesn't matter when Father Christmas came into being, it only matters that he exists ...
Jan, I really like jacqui lawson e-cards. I can't believe that the annual fee is so cheap, when you consider that you can send as many cards as you want!
Jan Van Quirm wrote:The Roman Orthodox Church were buggers for letting go of damned good ideas and religiously kept to the former Imperial practice of latching their own pantheon on the handiest local equivalent deities out in the vast colonial regions. Only having the one god was a leetle bit of a problem granted, but then all they had to do in that case was home in on the big fire festivals that most cultures have for periods when they need to stay in and keep warm (in the northerly European areas anyway) and Holy Joe's yer Uncle etc. Yule/Winter Solstice becomes Xmas (X for whoever this other chap was), Samhain/Day of the Dead/Death of the Sun handily becomes All Souls or All Hallows Eve with All Saints the next day Easter - come on down Eostre/Mithras/insert local deity of choice here, you're just in time for Beltane and Spring festivals - not forgetting lambing time too!
Clever chappies the Romans - they should never have junked the Latin Mass though, it was so much more fun when you didn't know what on earth you were saying and singing about...
I thought the Christmas tradition of giving gifts of fruit and nuts came about because the local grocer "No Where Cheaper" had an abundance of produce and sold it at cost to the locals??