Comment: It's not necessarily pagan

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It's not necessarily pagan

It's not necessarily pagan influence. The 800ad is a possible hypothesis.

The more near and certain connection is the Adam and Eve feast. The tree represents the tree of life with euachrist waffers on it, instead of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Christ -> second Adam, tree of life; instead of first Adam, who got kicked out of the garden of eden.

That has a closer connection to present day Christmas trees because it is hanging something from the limbs. Also, Christmas means mass, not birth, so again, the eucharist waffers seem to fit the name "mass".

Most holidays commented on have very little of the claimed connections typically made.

Halloween is another example. Besides being a common time of year for farmers to celebrate because it is seasonal and natural, the catholic church didn't originally celebrate it in October, they celebrated it in the spring, and moved it later. So there is NO chance it has a direct connection to a pagan festival celebrated around October. Because it didn't start out as a fall festival.

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