Brumalia (Roman Kingdom)
Influenced by the Ancient Greek Lenaia festival, Brumalia was an ancient Roman solstice festival honoring Bacchus, generally held for a month and ending December 25. The festival included drinking and merriment. The name is derived from the Latin word bruma, meaning "shortest day" or "winter solstice". The festivities almost always occurred on the night of December 24.
For those of you devoid of any knowledge relating to Ancient Greece Greek religion was tempered by Etruscan cult and belief to form much of the later Ancient Roman religion. So you see how a winter solstice festival has evolved over a few millennia to include santa claus, reindeer, elves, snowmen and a bastard child. The word that should be explored the most in the above statement is (evolve) a word that, for some, does not exist. I am simply pointing out that what we enjoy today as christmas, winter solstice, happy holidays or what ever the fuck you want to call it was not always what it is today. EVOLUTION, that bad, bad word has been forming our lives since the beginning, and not the beginning that reads like a fairy tale about six days and on the seventh he rested. I understand that this article will ultimately piss off anyone unable to think for themselves and I do not really care what they think. I have reached the point of no return regarding religious fundamentalist and feel we must take back our society from the one`s who wish it to be over because of 72 virgins or milk and honey. I don’t even like milk and honey, I like the earth, my life, my ability to think for myself. I practice true freedom and support the rights of ALL to be free, mind and body.
We claim to be a free people yet we adopt a primitive way of thinking that, ultimately, vanquishes the very freedom we so aggressively seek.
Thomas Martin

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Comment by Ron V on December 11, 2011 at 12:53pm

How's this with some editing-

What is celebrated as Christmas today has, obviously, been influenced by past and present cultures, including ancient Greece and Rome.  Brumalia was an ancient Roman solstice festival honoring Bacchus, generally held for a month and ending December 25, and was influenced by the Ancient Greek Lenaia festival.  The festival included drinking and merriment. The name is derived from the Latin word bruma, meaning "shortest day" or "winter solstice."  The festivities almost always occurred on the night of December 24.

For those inexperienced with Ancient Greece, Greek religion was tempered by Etruscan cult and belief in forming the later Ancient Roman religion. Considering the long Greco-Roman, as well as European, history of winter solstice festivals, it is easy to understand how a winter solstice festival evolved over a few millennia to include Santa Claus, reindeer, elves, snowmen, a decorated tree, and mythological god child.

Note the word “evolve” - a word that, for many in America, seems to be non-existent or completely misunderstood. But there is no denying that, historically speaking, what is celebrated today as Christmas, or whatever you wish to label it, was not always what it is today – it has “evolved” over time (granted, I am using the word evolved in the broad context of change over time, not in the strict biological definition of any change in the frequency of alleles within a gene pool from one generation to the next).  Broadly speaking, evolution has been forming our lives, biologically and socially, from the beginning - and not the beginning that reads like a fairy tale about six days and a seventh day of rest. 

I understand that this may touch upon the nerves of some Christians because it may ultimately challenge their belief in Christmas as a celebration of the birth of a god child.  Personally, I am becoming less patient with religious fundamentalism and the “put the Christ back in Christmas” nonsense as well as “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays” Christian arrogance.  I believe this is part of a bigger picture of theocracy, superstition, and magical thinking which ultimately threatens the well-being of our nation as well as the well-being of the planet.  I do not think it is an insignificant threat that there are those who wish to destroy or radically alter our nation for the sake of 72 virgins, the promise of milk and honey (I don’t even like milk and honey), or some imaginary god’s will in general. 

Personally, I like the earth, my life, and the ability to think for myself. I believe I practice true freedom and I support the rights of ALL to be free in mind and body.  America was founded on enlightenment principles and freedom – including freedom of conscience.  If we wish to be a truly free people, we should be sceptical of primitive ways of thinking that, ultimately, lead to theocratic government while enslaving the human mind and vanquishing the very freedoms we have in America.

Happy F___ing Holidays!

Comment by TDM on December 11, 2011 at 2:36pm

I think you did put into words all the things that i assumed were understood and i like it. I do get carried away with my thoughts, one of the things i so cherish about knowing that i am able to at least try and think freely.  More often than not i am so pleased with myself with actually stringing together in words a simple thought that i fail to adress the importance of a more refined finished product. Thank You, can i keep the new version ?

Comment by Ron V on December 11, 2011 at 5:30pm

Please do- I started making it "G" rated to forward to my kids but then just kept going. 

 

Comment by Ron V on December 11, 2011 at 5:31pm

(of course, I left out the Happy F___ Holidays for the G version)

Comment by Ed on December 13, 2011 at 10:20am

ah.... Bacchus -God of Vino .... On my knees I bow to thee for that sweet elixir of life.

IN VINO VERITAS                           

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