@ Alex Nelson, “The pagans have it”: Not sure that …

Comment on Santa’s big day: Hot and maybe wet by John Bell.

@ Alex Nelson, “The pagans have it”: Not sure that the uncertain date of Christ’s birth matters.
A very long-time Aboriginal friend of mine, a very well known sporting identity, I am sure you know, was brought into white civilization from the Kalgoorlie goldfields scrub by his tribal mum 74 years ago as a tiny little bub.
They did not know the date of birth so they settled on 1 July, as they did in those days. Celebrated joyfully every year for 74 years.
My point being that our arrival in this world is to be celebrated. Every soul is equally important. Taught by Christ.
Emperor Constantine was the first ruler to set 25 December because he recognised this fact.
He adopted the pagan Saturnalia to celebrate Christ’s birth to make the point that whereas the pagans celebrated going into darkness then coming out of it cyclically every six months, the coming of Christ – Christmas, no matter what day it is – celebrates coming out of darkness into everlasting enlightenment, love and hope.
So I think Christians actually have it over the old pagans who are forever going around in seasonal circles.
So. A Happy and loving Christmas to you and to all staff and contributors at Alice Springs News Online.

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Santa’s big day: Hot and maybe wet
@Alex Nelson. 21 December … Ssshhh … I wouldn’t broadcast this too loudly if I were you.
Today’s non-Christian Greenies are the throwbacks pre-Christian worshippers of Nature’s solstices.
At the moment, they are getting a freeby long weekend, a public holiday on 25 December, Christ’s Birthday, Christmas Day.
It might give Richard di Natale and his cohorts ideas. They might want to shift the public holiday from 25 December to their sacred day, 21 December, or they might get greedy and want both.
They might even want to make 21 December Australia Day – or should that be 21 June? Ho!Ho!Ho!


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