YULE TRADITIONS AND SYMBOLS

Many common Yule traditions actually originated in Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome.

However what about the others that we may  hold near and dear?

Things like bells, holly, Christmas trees, candy canes, and Santa Claus?

How did they come into being?

Cult of Well, even though the Christians managed to convert the masses, a good many Pagans went on with their own festivals; they breathed fresh life into the ancient customs and added new symbols as they went.

The Christians devised their own symbologies as and when, and pretty soon, all the symbols, customs, and traditions melded together.

Figuring out which belonged to whom became a confusing matter, so humankind stepped in and simplified things by making them all a part of the inter celebration.

In the final analysis, they reasoned, it didn’t really matter which ideas belonged to Paganism or which belonged to Christianity.

All that mattered was that they were sacred and belonged to the Yuletide season-a season of diversity and joy-the happiest time of the year.

Be that as it may, it’s fun to delve into the origins of things that tell us the holiday season is just around the corner.

For example, did you know that evergreens were first used to chase away evil spirits?

That Santa Claus was probably descended from the Norse god, Odin?

Or that Santa’s North Pole dwelling was an American invention?