Ancient Magic in Christmas: Hidden History of Tradition

A little history for your Holiday Season

K.L. Kranes, Author

In the Middle Ages, Christmas celebrations were rowdy and raucous, apparently a lot like today’s Mardi Gras. From 1659 to 1681, Christmas was even outlawed in Boston. (Puritans were not fans of the celebration.) Inevitably, Christmas and its traditions have changed over the years. However, did you know many of those traditions had their roots in ancient Pagan rituals?

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So, Uh, What’s a Pagan?

The definition of a pagan is a follower of a polytheistic or pantheistic nature-worshiping religion. It is also generalized to a person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions. It can include ancient Greeks and Romans or ancient and modern day Druids, Shamans, Sacred Ecologists, Odinists and Heathens, and yes, Wiccans (of interest to me personally because of my YA fantasy novel The Travelers.)

What do Pagans have to do with Christmas?

The early Christians, perhaps in an attempt to convert Pagans or simply because…

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