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Christmas is an Ancient Celebration of Light, With Many Gods Born on December 25

Wednesday 12 December 2012

‘Christmas is the Christian version of a very ancient festival celebrating light and the sun’s “birth,” as the hours of daylight increase following the winter solstice.

The winter solstice is the time of year when the night is the longest, after which the days start to lengthen again. The word “solstice” comes from the Latin solstitium and means “sun stands still.”

The ancients perceived the sun as battling for its life for six months, until it reached the solstice, at which point the newborn, reborn or resurrected solar deity was seen as “victorious” over the engulfing darkness.’

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