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By Erik Iverson
Pastor - Holy Cross Lutheran, Seeley Lake & Faith Lutheran, Condon 

Christmas Day


December 14, 2017

There are a number of theories as to why Christmas (originally the Mass of Christ) is celebrated but it is almost certain that Dec. 25 is not the actual day. Among other factors, the nights at that time of year often get overly cold and snowy, and it was not the tradition of Jewish shepherds to have their flocks in the field in the winter months. But again, why Dec. 25?

Many have pointed out that that date was when the Romans celebrated the pagan festivals of Saturnalia and Dies Natalis Solis Invicti. One prominent theory holds that that date was chosen, at least in part, because of that ve...

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