Yule Probably Find This Boring ...  

TheQuietGuy2005 54M
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12/18/2005 1:36 pm

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Yule Probably Find This Boring ...

The card wished me "God Jul" which I immediately assumed meant "Merry Christmas". Then I looked at it again and pronounced it aloud ... and made a mental leap.

The word still persists in English. "Yule" or "Yuletide" is generally used as an alternative to "Christmas", especially when wanting to conjour up some kind of archaic, romantic image. This is, in fact, the only meaning of "Yule" accepted by many dictionaries.

But what this Christmas-Yule link hides is that the Yule festival, derived from the Scandinavian Jul or Jól, had nothing to do with the Christian religion and predates it by some considerable time.

Yule was originally a pagan celebration of the Winter solstice, the turning of the wheel of the year back towards Spring. Many of the traditions associated with the modern holiday of Christmas such as the burning of the Yule log (or, more often now, the eating of the Yule log), the eating of ham, the hanging of holly and misteltoe are all traceable back to the Northern European practises of the Yule festival.

Now, of course, Christmas is deemed to be a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. There is, though, no reason to believe that he was actually born at this time of year and, in fact, much evidence to suggest other dates.

No, the timing was down to the pragmatism of the early Christian church: when the first missionaries began converting the pagans of Northern Europe to Christianity, they found it easier to simply provide a Christian interpretation for popular feasts such as Yule and allow the celebrations themselves to go
on largely unchanged, rather than trying to suppress them.

This isn't a comment on Christianity. There is, after all, no reason why the celebration should be tied to the actual date of an event. But it does explain why so few of the Christmas traditions common throughout Northern Europe and North America have any obvious connection to Christianity.


rm_dizzyandfun 48F
752 posts
12/19/2005 5:46 am

Right. I have it now. Thank you pmsl.

Diz xx xx

XesSex03 50M/48F

12/19/2005 6:04 am

Now, there's a topic of conversation that could keep me going for days (at least). The fallacies behind "Organized" religion is the bane of my existence.

Thanks, Quiet.

Mrs. Xes

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