It was just somehow associated with Christmas. In looking at some of these ancient traditions we that see some of them had Pagan origins.
That would not be so surprising since people had customs the Church simply used as tools to point to Christ.
We see this from the Church using large Roman architects for basilicas to the history of customs such as the yuletide.
I've had people tell me that Christians should not participate in these celebrations because God is offended by it. I can't agree with that assessment, Christianity is always adapting to the environment or rather converting it.
The transformation of the heart centralizes why we celebrate any feast. What the Church does in these celebrations I find people doing the very same thing today through Christian Contemporary Music. I think this is great because music reaches where the people are.
Just as these celebrations do. People would be horrified to learn that some of the most beloved hymns like "Amazing Grace" were taken from popular bar songs from that time period. That was what was popular at the time.
Today, when we sing old fashioned hymns today, who recalls much of the secular songs of that time? I think you would have to be a history music major to know much of that culture. As we continue to prepare for the Christmas Season, here is a fine article by Adrianne Loggins "Yuletide History" from www.ehow.com
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