gardenofthequeen:



reflectivegod:



There is no such thing as a christian holiday.  They were all stolen from “pagans”.
Easter - germanic pagan. Eostre festival
Christmas - roman pagan with germanic and celtic influences. Saturnalia festival (lights, gifts, feasting), christmas tree, mistletoe



*sobs* why



Because it’s historic fact! Though I would say “stolen” is a harsh word….more like adopted from and adapted for Christian use. This is also why the birth of Christ is celebrated in the winter even though the bible hints at it being closer to the spring or summer (sheppards tend to their flocks while they are out grazing).
It is very rare to go to a Christian’s home on Christmas and not see a tree, or a Christian child excited about Santa bringing toys…These traditions came from the Celts, Druids and Vikings. The origin of you painting eggs and the Easter bunny were brought to us the same way. They were symbols of fertility and new life.
http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-christmas-trees
http://www.history.com/topics/easter-symbols
They of course now have their own meanings to the Christians and that’s FINE. If they believe the egg is there for the rebirth of Christ then that’s what it is to them now and we as the Pagan community have no business judging them for that.
Adoption and adaptation are practices still used by Christianity to this day to keep the faith alive and progressing. Examples of this can be seen in more modern faiths that have rock or rap based music in place of the old hymns. This kind of change brings in new WILLING members which is exactly what the adoptions were for back then….Note that word, WILLING…the forcing of religion didn’t come until much later.
Edit- Also, to those who say this is not the case: I would like to remind you that Christianity originated in the Middle East where there is a suprising lack of evergreens to support that this tradition was not picked up somewhere along the way.

gardenofthequeen:

reflectivegod:

There is no such thing as a christian holiday.  They were all stolen from “pagans”.

Easter - germanic pagan. Eostre festival

Christmas - roman pagan with germanic and celtic influences. Saturnalia festival (lights, gifts, feasting), christmas tree, mistletoe

*sobs* why

Because it’s historic fact! Though I would say “stolen” is a harsh word….more like adopted from and adapted for Christian use. This is also why the birth of Christ is celebrated in the winter even though the bible hints at it being closer to the spring or summer (sheppards tend to their flocks while they are out grazing).

It is very rare to go to a Christian’s home on Christmas and not see a tree, or a Christian child excited about Santa bringing toys…These traditions came from the Celts, Druids and Vikings. The origin of you painting eggs and the Easter bunny were brought to us the same way. They were symbols of fertility and new life.

http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-christmas-trees

http://www.history.com/topics/easter-symbols

They of course now have their own meanings to the Christians and that’s FINE. If they believe the egg is there for the rebirth of Christ then that’s what it is to them now and we as the Pagan community have no business judging them for that.

Adoption and adaptation are practices still used by Christianity to this day to keep the faith alive and progressing. Examples of this can be seen in more modern faiths that have rock or rap based music in place of the old hymns. This kind of change brings in new WILLING members which is exactly what the adoptions were for back then….Note that word, WILLING…the forcing of religion didn’t come until much later.

Edit- Also, to those who say this is not the case: I would like to remind you that Christianity originated in the Middle East where there is a suprising lack of evergreens to support that this tradition was not picked up somewhere along the way.

REALLY IMPORTANT HALLOWEEN REMINDER!!!!

squirps:

PLEASE REMEMBER TO NOT LET YOUR BLACK CATS OUTSIDE AROUND OR ON HALLOWEEN BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME SCARY PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO KILL/DO CULT THINGS WITH BLACK CATS ON HALLOWEEN!! actually, just keep your pets inside on halloween, it’s a fun holiday but there are some god awful people out there!

ALSO REMEMBER! if you work at an animal shelter or a pet store, don’t sell black cats around or on halloween for the same reason! keep your cute kitty cats safe! this has been a kitty psa

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hey pagan tag, I’ve seen alot of mean things towards one another on here lately…I get that we’re all on different paths and we all lead very different lives, but come on! We’re all part of the same community! I don’t know about you guys but I came here to help others and learn from others… Sure these wars can be amusing but we are so much more then this. I vote we end this pagan on pagan hate and help eachother grow.

hey pagan tag, I’ve seen alot of mean things towards one another on here lately…I get that we’re all on different paths and we all lead very different lives, but come on! We’re all part of the same community! I don’t know about you guys but I came here to help others and learn from others… Sure these wars can be amusing but we are so much more then this. I vote we end this pagan on pagan hate and help eachother grow.

I can’t wait until I have my own house so I can put these up for my little fae friends

I can’t wait until I have my own house so I can put these up for my little fae friends