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December 24, 2003

Holidays

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, etc. to all.

One common saying around this time is "Jesus is the reason for the season." People who assert this might benefit from exploring the historical origin of Christmas to see that it is more complex than that (the site linked is by the way evangelical Christian-there are traditional Roman Catholics who defend a non-pagan explicitly Christian origin for dating December 25th, but they seem to be in the minority). Interestingly (and unsurprisingly), the pan-pagan consumerist festival is what is really being exported to places like China (despite its Christian minority) and Japan (where it is an entrenched holiday without any religious associations).

Posted by razib at 11:31 AM