45 Seconds In, And Suddenly I'm Doubting Everything I Thought I Knew About The Holidays

The fact is, everyone thinks they know why we celebrate Christmas. And nearly everyone is wrong.

Did you know that early Christians co-opted the Roman holiday of Saturnalia, a time of government-sanctioned, destructive, naked lawlessness? No joke!

And that we have Christmas trees because an ancient cult liked to worship them?



The history of Christmas is as varied and eclectic as the history of America. It's a blend of lots of different holidays and traditions.

So yeah, there is a "War on Christmas." And it's being waged by everyone who wants you to forget that this is a time for embracing all kinds of traditions. The real meaning of Christmas? We all can celebrate together because winter is a challenging and dark time. Everyone needs an excuse for a party.

Whether you're a Catholic heading out for midnight Mass or a Jew getting ready for a traditional movie-and-Chinese-food Christmas Day, Christmas is a super-inclusive holiday.

The real War on Christmas is being waged by those who want to limit it to Bing Crosby crooning to Baby Jesus.

If that's all you think Christmas is about, you are missing out. See you under the mistletoe.

Let's stop the war. Merry Holidays, everyone!

For more on Christmas past, check out this video.

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That sparked her love for coding and imminent career shift. Now a software engineer at Capital One, Meeks Gombe wants to be a similar role model to her childhood mentor and encourage girls to pursue any career they desire.

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Girls For a Change is one of many local nonprofits that receive support from the Capital One Impact Initiative, which strives to close gaps in equity while helping people gain better access to economic and social opportunities. The initial $200 million, five-year national commitment aims to support growth in underserved communities as well as advance socioeconomic mobility.

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