Yule And Christmas
Every year, there is a battle that wages between those of us who celibrate Yule and those who celibrate Christmas. Many times I have seen emails, letters, buttons, etc. that state "Jesus is the reason for the season." All I can say to this statement is, "Perhaps for you it is, and I am glad you are in touch with your beliefs."
My only problem with statements such as these is this; They usually come from argumentative people who know my beliefs and are pushing theirs onto me. Most Wiccans do not have a problem with sayings like "Merry Christmas" as we are quite acustomed to understanding and respecting others beliefs, and instead of replying with "Happy Yule", we generally reply with an echo of the sentamint or with "Happy Holidays".
Why then, I ask, do we recieve such messages? Holloween is also a holiday that is brought up. Perhaps it is the simularities and interpretations that bother our Christian brethren. Our tree's are almost identical, lights, decorations, yet our interpretations of those things are vastly different. These two holidays are almost twins, though a few days apart.
Please, I ask you, why? And to our Christian brethren, I ask you; What does the Christmas tree represent to you? This is not a sarcastic question, it is an honest question I would love to know, and in return, I will share my view of the Christmas/Yule tree...