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New Harmony: Wishing you a merry Midsummer Christmas

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  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 24, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    As with Halloween, however, the sacred nature of the day soon got scrambled together with the superstitions of other midsummer festivals. Demons and devils became a part of the tradition.
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    "The best laid schemes of mice and men go often awry," is how Robert Burns put it. The idea was to get pagan converts to stop celebrating pagan feast days by recasting their old gods as evil deities. The first lesson the early Church intellects forgot was the one in Genesis about the allure of forbidden fruit.

  • plainbrownwrapper Nashville, TN
    June 22, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    Of course, midsummer celebrations started long long before John the Baptist ever lived. Summer solstice, anyone?

    One pagan nickname for the summer solstice festivities is "the fire festival". Sound familiar here?

    Christianity has a long history of borrowing/stealing/appropriating pagan holidays and rituals as its influence expanded across the ancient world, and dressing up those pre-existing holidays with Christian symbolism.

    Have fun celebrating the solstice -- but don't forget the TRUE history of the celebration.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    June 22, 2013 7:09 a.m.

    I've never heard of it, thank you for sharing.