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Ever wondered why the imagery commonly associated with Christmas, supposedly the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, involves evergreen trees, snow, reindeer and other distinctively northern European symbols, when Jesus is supposed to have been born in the Middle East, thousands of kilometres away from any of these objects? And how does Santa Claus fit into all of this bizarre mishmash of unrelated concepts?
To cut a long story short, the 25th of December has zero connection with the actually unknown birthdate of the semi-mythical character Christians chose as their messiah, since it was not until hundreds of years after he was supposed to have lived that the date was specifically chosen by church leaders in an attempt to convert Roman followers of the also mythical god of agriculture Saturn, and other Pagan, Celtic, Gaelic and Germanic celebrators of various winter solstice traditions. The association with northern European symbols in part stems from these cultures, and also Scandinavian celebrations of Jul or Yule that took place at the end of December, and which were also co-opted into the Christmas “tradition” to further bolster its acceptance amongst non-Christians.
As for old Saint Nick, his historical ancestor is partly based on a Turkish monk from the third century who was supposedly renowned for his charity. The big fat guy in the red suit globally associated with this character now is a hodgepodge of various characteristics given to him by a cartoonist, poet, department store, religious charity and the Coca Cola Company, among others.
In other words, you do not need to believe in the existence of mythical supernatural beings or be a paid subscriber to an organised religion to enjoy the celebrations of the winter solstice and the passing of the darkest time of the year in the northern hemisphere (or the lightest in the southern hemisphere). In recent years, in order to remove the overtly discriminatory religious connection with the festivities some people have begun saying “Happy Holidays”, but even that ignores the lack of holiday for this date in most of the world. Perhaps we should revert back to the original, more inclusive roots of all these traditions and just say “Happy Winter/Summer Solstice!”
上面的貼文內容是我們的實力派外師Alex，針對每週一篇英文文章閱讀後，親自寫出的批判性思考文（不是copy & paste的東西啊）。旨在讓同學知道如何用不同的角度來讀文章。你可以選擇先讀Alex寫的批判文，也可以選擇先讀本次的英文文章連結，但最好兩處都要閱讀才能達到最好的效果。
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