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Yule: The word Yule comes into Modern English from the Old English ġéol and was a festival occurring around the Winter Solstice. See: Merriam Webster and Wikipedia. Conclusion: False Wicca: There is no good reason to believe that Wicca predates Gerald Gardner in the 1950s (see Hutton's Triumph of the Moon and Aidan A. Kelly's Crafting the Art of Magic). ...


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We don't have a clear idea of the date on which he was born. In fact, we don't even know the year he was born. Some historians like Robert Price even disagree on his historicity or existence. In another skeptics answer we have shown some indirect historical evidence for his existence, and to be fair, most historians agree that someone like him existed (from ...


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Horus says yes -- he's a sky god Osiris says no -- July 14 Attis -- I haven't found a birthday; he wasn't a god; http://www.tektonics.org/copycat/attis.html alleges that similarities between Christianity and the cult of Attis were due to the latter imitating the former, not the other way around. Krishna says no - 18 July 3228 BCE Zoroaster says no -- 6 days ...


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Not only the Puritans, but many Protestant sects banned Christmas during this era. They had some logical reasons: December 25 is obviously not Jesus' actual birthday. The Puritans knew that there was no historical evidence for this. As the atheist billboard that recently caused a fuss in North Carolina points out, there is no need to go to church to prove ...


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Snopes calls this legend false, and I will add to their judgment that Santa and Christmas were already well-known in Japan due to foreign literature like Dickens, and the persistent and futile efforts of missionaries to convert the locals. Christmas was a national holiday from 1927-1947 since it happened to coincide with the death of Emperor Taisho in 1926. ...


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Before we get started, it's worth observing that the appearance of a date on a poster inside an episode of The Simpsons can hardly be taken as an assertion of historical fact. The show is known for being provocative and including parodies of reality. Bart Simpson should hardly be our go-to expert on history1 even though it turns out this instance wasn't just ...


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in Faiths & Folklores 1905 By W. Carew Hazlitt it says Dufresne, in a note to Clement Marot’s cxxxvth Epigram, observes, that on Innocents’ Day there used to be a custom of slapping on the hinder parts any young folks who were surprised in bed on that morning, and occasionally it proceeded further. But this practice had even then fallen into disuse. ...


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Snopes, linked in the OP and the accepted answer, says: the earliest reports of this legend we’ve found so far all stem from the early 1990s. However, the 1986 The sun at noon: an anatomy of modern Japan says: Otherwise, Christianity in Japan seems more a victory for Santa Claus than for Christ and one Tokyo department store actually put Santa, ...


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By definition this question would be best asked on Christianity.SE and it has. What is clear is that he was probably born in the spring or summer as that is when shepherds watch over their flocks (Luke 2:8). March 28 is far more plausible than December 25. They watched over their flocks in the field in the spring because that is when there was food. ...


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