[LMB] winter

CatMtn at aol.com CatMtn at aol.com
Wed, 22 Dec 2004 21:37:58 EST

Elizabeth Holden writes:

-  cultures that take the nearest feast-day as the
significant day, usually  for religious reasons, e.g.,
the Christian calendar shifting from the  actual
solstice to Dec. 25 as the significant day and the
beginning of  the season, 

I thought that was the other way around--the original Christmas was  
celebrated January 6, but they shifted it closer to the solstice so  the religious 
holiday would interfere with pagan festivals, since people  were celebrating 
both.  Very old carols, like "The Cherry Tree Carol"  mention the sixth of January 
as Jesus' birthday. (Of course, I could very well  be wrong about the reason 
for the switch, it might just be the calendar reform  or something---)