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Christmas

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Transcript of Christmas

History
Christmas, unlike everyone thinks, has Pagan roots, not Christian roots. It is proved that Christmas actually has no Christian roots, except the Bible reading and praying. Nearly all aspects of Christmas observance have their roots in Roman custom and religion.
In 1990, the Solon, Ohio school board banned all nativity and other Christmas scenes from any school property. They felt it violated the separation of church and state. They were challenged in court by angry parents who felt that Christmas was being taken from their children and the community. They lost the case because citizenry had contended that Christmas was a worldwide tradition, and not part of religion.
Christmas in schools

The court concluded that the Christmas-keeping and manger scenes could stay in schools because they are not a part of religion. However, the praying and Bible reading had to remain excluded from schools because that is a part of religion.
Christmas in schools continued...
The modern Christmas tree is originally from Germany. However, the Germans got it from the Romans, and they got it from the Babylonians and the Egyptians.
Christmas Trees
The Druids believed mistletoe fell from heaven and grew on a tree that sprang from Earth. Mistletoe therefore represents the joining of heaven and earth, and God's reconciliation with mankind. A kiss under mistletoe symbolized acceptance and reconciliation.
Mistletoe
Patron saint of children and sailors, Saint Nicholas was a 4th-century bishop from Asia Minor. He was famous for giving gifts to children. His feast day, December 6, became a children's holiday in Holland, where he is known as Sint Nikolaas. English colonists in New York called him “Santa Claus” because they couldn't pronounce the Dutch name. The English began celebrating the feast day on Christmas.
Santa Claus
Christmas
Some scholars believe a confectioner made candy canes to represent Jesus. The shape of the "J" was for Jesus, or the shepherd's staff. The white color symbolized purity, and the red stripes indicated blood. Peppermint is similar to hyssop, the Middle Eastern mint mentioned in the Bible.
Candy Canes
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