Christmas Message by President David Granger – 2016
President David Granger sounds more like a preacher than a president.
Everyone can readily agree that Xmas is (and should be) a time of peace and goodwill. Also, most will agree that it is a time when family and friends celebrate shared values and sacred ties, with a few beverages and a sumptuous meal or two.
In this sense, Xmas is the most wonderful time of the year.
Where Mr Granger loses me is when he, albeit with good intent, preaches that Xmas is a “sacred festival” and that it is the celebration of the birth of Christ. Not! If President Granger were to take the time to study and understand what Xmas really is, he may not label it sacred.
First of all, for those who care to know, December 25 is not the birth date of Christ. It is simply a made up date by the early Church. Dionysus Exiguus arbitrarily ascribed December 25 as the birth of Christ in 525 CE when the extended the culmination of Saturnalia from 6 to 8 days (originally from 17-23 December). The birth date of Christ is not known and will never be known. Moreover, Christ’s death date is also not known and may never be known.
The celebration of Xmas is, for all intents and purposes, the celebration of the culmination of the wild pagan festival of Saturnalia. It was a most depraved week-long event of public intoxication, public nudity, sexual orgies and human sacrifice — at the Temple of Saturn.
In Roman mythology, Saturn was the god of agriculture and replenishment, associated with the winter solstice and the coming spring which signals the return of warmth, the crops and longer days, the opposite of which is death, freezing cold and starvation
Thus, December 25 is not a sacred festival, rather, it is a depraved one known as Saturnalia. It may be prudent for Mr. Granger to try to sound more presidential rather than like a preacher man. After all, this is the most informed age in all of human history where there is little or no appetite for the propagation of nonsense and lies.
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