Which came first? Pagan holiday or Christmas

The definitive answer, courtesy of Dr. William Tighe and Touchstone. Nice to know that the pagan holiday was instituted most likely as a response against Christians. And also nice to know that this, like oh so many other Christian traditions, was NOT instituted as a part of the supposed post-Constantinian campaign to appropriate pagan things.

3 Responses to “Which came first? Pagan holiday or Christmas”

  1. 1 browneyes December 15, 2006 at 12:08 pm

    Ok….so Christmas…the celebration of Christ birth was the first to be celebrated? Hanakkuh, Kwanza, or any other “Holiday” was instituted as kind of a “haha” to the Christians? This is very enlightening.

  2. 2 browneyes December 15, 2006 at 12:12 pm

    I’m sorry. I wrote that response not realizing what exactly a Pagan Holiday was. That is not Hanakkuh or Kwanza. I’m still curious thought how those two Holidays came about if they came after Christmas.

  3. 3 Edmund C. December 15, 2006 at 4:29 pm


    Hanukkah is an ancient holiday. Its origins are in the Maccabean period, in the 2nd century BC. Here’s a Wikipedia article on it. So, it predates Christmas and is unrelated to it.

    But, Kwanzaa’s another story. It dates from the 1960’s…

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