​A Helpful Explanation Of Where Holiday Traditions Come From

I'm sure you've always had a sneaking suspicion that the story of Christmas past is quite a bit different from the story of Christmas present. But how about Chanukah and Kwanzaa?

Watch Mental Floss host John Green get historical on a bunch of holiday traditions. Come for the Transformers: Dark of the Moon jokes, stay for the learning.

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    I was under the impression the Christmas tree had a different origin, I could be wrong but I thought it came from a pagan tradition where people would adorn trees with jewelry to celebrate the solstice and the occult nature around this seasonal event. And mistletoe was hung around the place to signify truces to allow enemies to celebrate in peace. At some point the catholic emperor/pope important sergeant guy was trying to decide/vote on the actual date of Jesus' birth and decided to make it happen during the solstice in order to diminish the occult holiday and make it more about their religion. So they picked solstice as the day of Christ's birth but instead of Christmas taking over the occult celebrations, the two holidays sort of merged and a lot of the occult traditions were incorporated into Christmas (decorating a Christmas tree, hanging holly/mistletoe etc).

    Correct me if I'm wrong though, I often am.

    EDIT: After watching the whole video this is touched on eventually.

    Last edited 20/12/13 12:38 am

    As few other things I think he missed:
    Holly was also believed to ward off evil.
    Boxing Day in England actually started as Masters and servants would trade place for the day (so the masters would wait on the servants etc)

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