Tag: holidays

Does Christmas have Pagan roots?

Is it true the celebration of Christmas has pagan origins? What about the various traditions and symbols associated with Christmas such as Christmas trees and Yule logs? Historical investigation decidedly answers the question. No, Christmas is not pagan.

Image of "The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth" (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe

A Thanksgiving Precedent: What Really Happened in Plymouth?

As with so many of our national holidays, Thanksgiving is now a contentious subject. Formerly a time of celebration and gratitude, many critics today maintain that it stands as little more than an emblem of our nation’s racist past. But is this an accurate reading of the first Thanksgiving? What actually transpired at Plymouth in the fall of 1621? In this article, Dr. Glenn Sunshine helps to restore a proper historical perspective on Thanksgiving.

An image of a cemetery outside a church on the feast of All Hallows

The Origins of Halloween and Allhallowtide

Halloween is often a divisive holiday among Christians, some celebrating it and others not. Where did Halloween come from? Is it a Christian or pagan holiday?

Image of a nativity scene

The Mystery of the Incarnation

All praise to Thee, Eternal Lord, Clothed in a garb of flesh and blood; Choosing a manger for Thy throne, While worlds on worlds are Thine alone. —Martin Luther[note]Words by Luther, “All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord” (1535), accessed at https://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com.[/note] Although we live in a pluralistic culture

The Meaning of Easter

Easter morning is the central event in human history, and we can think of this historical occurrence in three tenses: Easter past, Easter present, and Easter future.