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    So, This Is Christmas: Did Coke-Cola invent Santa ? Is Christmas A Pagen Event ? 2020 Xmas like no other
Coca-Cola did not create the legend of Santa Claus & it wasn't until around 350 AD that Roman Pope Julius I officially declared December 25th the birthday of Christ & what's up with Christmas if your multicultural & non-Christian?

The Very Non-Christian History of Santa & Christmas

Did Coke create Santa Claus?

Coca-Cola did not create the legend of Santa Claus, but Coca-Cola advertising did play a big role in shaping the jolly character we know today. It all started in 1931, when Coca-Cola commissioned illustrator Haddon Sundblom to paint Santa for Christmas advertisements.

Is Christmas 'Pagan' and are there alternative traditions to Christmas?

Paganism is a religion.

The only thing that distinguishes Paganism from Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Shintoism or Judaism is the number of people that have signed up for the newsletter.

Christmas is a holiday that has evolved due the passage of time and the influence of various cultures as the idea of Christmas has entered their lives.

Each of those cultures has enriched the holiday, giving us more traditions with which to celebrate it.

People have, for thousands of years, celebrated astronomical markers that help them regulate things in their lives, like agriculture.

The solstices and equinoxes helped people know when to plant their seeds and harvest their crops.

The winter solstice marks the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night.

To quote a 'Pagan' called Doctor Who;

“On every world, wherever people are, in the deepest part of the winter, at the exact mid-point, everybody stops and turns and hugs, as if to say, well done. Well done, everyone. We’re halfway out of the dark. Back on Earth, we called this Christmas, or the Winter Solstice.”

If we travelled to the ancient world, we would find some kind of celebration at that time of the year, in many places, each at first independent of the others.

For the ancient Romans, that holiday was called Saturnalia, named for the god Saturn.

Saturnalia was celebrated by feasts, the giving of gifts, and a brief sense of equality through role-reversal as the masters tended to the servants.

The ancient historian, Livy, tells us that Saturnalia began in 497 BC.

Modern historians believe it probably started earlier than that.

So, at least half a millennia after the origin of Saturnalia, Jesus Christ was born.

His birth was not initially a holiday, because birthdays were not then celebrated in Jewish culture.

It would be a few centuries until early church leaders decided it was a day to put on the calendar and commemorate.

It would also be a few centuries until they decided to pick a day for that celebration, because the gospels do not tell us on what day he was born.

On December 25th, 274 AD, the Emperor Aurelian consecrated the temple of Sol Invictus, creating a holiday called Dies Natalis Solis Invicti – the birthday of the Sun – officially elevating the Sun to the highest position among the gods.

Around 350 AD, Pope Julius I officially declared December 25th to mark the birth of Christ.

There was no evidence that was the actual day of birth, to the contrary, the gospel of Luke, says:

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.”

Shepherds watch their flock by night during lambing season, which is the spring.

But there’s no rule that says a day of celebration has to coincide with the actual date of origin.

So, in Rome in the fourth century, there were three big holidays being celebrated on December 25th – Saturnalia, Dies Natalis Sol Invictus, and the Dies Natalis of the Christ.

It’s only natural that elements from these celebrations would cross-pollinate each other, especially when they fit so well – for example, the gift giving of Saturnalia could be adopted by Christians as symbolic of their God giving his only son to them as a gift on that day.

As Rome faded and Christianity grew, the people that celebrated those holidays would take their traditions to new areas.

As those early Christians moved into Northern Europe and introduced Christmas to the native Germanic peoples, the practices of Christmas were influenced by the practices of those peoples for their winter solstice holidays.

Over time, traditions like the Yule log, mistletoe, tree decorating, and evergreen wreaths were absorbed and became thought of as Christmas traditions.

The Saxons, the Vikings, the Victorians, and the capitalists have all added traditions to the rich tapestry of the holiday we all call Christmas.

As for Coke - When it's Christmas day down on Port Macquarie's Town Beach, 40c in the shade, and you pull a ice cold one out of the Xmas red & white Esky, you might be inclined to think that maybe Coke did invent Santa - and perhaps Christmas as well ! It's the real thing - right !

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John & Yoko Plastic Ono Band + Harlem Community Choir

The Polar Express (2004)

"The Polar Express" has the quality of a lot of lasting children's entertainment: It's a little creepy. Not creepy in an unpleasant way, but in that sneaky, teasing way that lets you know eerie things could happen. There's a deeper, shivery tone, instead of the mindless jolliness of the usual Christmas movie.

Those who know the Chris Van Allsburg book will feel right at home from the opening moments, which quote from the story: "On Christmas Eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in my bed...."

The young hero, who is never given a name, is listening for the sound of sleigh bells ringing. He is at just the age when the existence of Santa Claus is up for discussion.

The look of the film is extraordinary, a cross between live action and Van Allsburg's artwork. Robert Zemeckis, the same director whose "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988) juxtaposed live action with animation, this time merges them, using a process called "performance capture," in which human actors perform the movements which are translated into lifelike animation.

The characters in "The Polar Express" don't look real, but they don't look unreal, either; they have a kind of simplified and underlined reality that makes them visually magnetic.

Many of the body and voice performances are by Tom Hanks, who is the executive producer and worked with Zemeckis on "Forrest Gump" (1994) -- another film that combined levels of reality and special effects.


As Hero Boy lies awake in bed, there is a rumble in the street and a passenger train lumbers into view. The boy runs outside in his bathrobe and slippers, and the conductor advises him to get onboard.

Having refused to visit a department store Santa, having let his little sister put out Santa's milk and cookies, Hero Boy is growing alarmingly agnostic on the Santa question, and the Polar Express apparently shuttles such kids to the North Pole, where seeing is believing.

Already on board is Hero Girl, a solemn, gentle African American who becomes the boy's friend and also befriends Lonely Boy, who lives on the wrong side of the tracks and always seems sad. Another character, Know-It-All, is one of those kids who can't supply an answer without sounding obnoxious.

These four are the main characters, in addition to the conductor, a Hobo (who lives on top of the train), Santa and countless elves.

There's an interesting disconnect between the movie's action and its story. The action is typical thrill-ride stuff, with the Polar Express careening down a "179-degree grade" and racing through tunnels with a half-inch of clearance, while Hero Boy and the Hobo ski the top of the train to find safety before the tunnel.

At the North Pole, there's another dizzying ride when the kids spin down a corkscrewing toy chute.

Those scenes are skillful, but expected. Not expected is a dazzling level of creativity in certain other scenes. Hero Girl's lost ticket, for example, flutters through the air with as much freedom as the famous floating feather at the start of "Forrest Gump."

When hot chocolate is served on the train, waiters materialize with an acrobatic song-and-dance.

And the North Pole looks like a turn-of-the-century German factory town, filled with elves who not only look mass-produced but may have been, since they mostly have exactly the same features (this is not a cost-cutting device, but an artistic decision).

Santa, in this version, is a good and decent man, matter-of-fact and serious: a professional man, doing his job. The elves are like the crowd at a political rally.

A sequence involving a bag full of toys is seen from a high angle that dramatizes Santa's operation, but doesn't romanticize it; this is not Jolly St. Nick, but Claus Inc. There is indeed something a little scary about all those elves with their intense, angular faces and their mob mentality.

That's the magic of "The Polar Express": It doesn't let us off the hook with the usual reassuring Santa and Christmas cliches.

When a helicopter lifts the bag of toys over the town square, it knocks a star off the top of the Christmas tree, and of course an elf is almost skewered far below.

When Santa's helpers hitch up the reindeer, they look not like tame cartoon characters, but like skittish thoroughbreds.

And as for Lonely Boy, although he does make the trip and get his present, and is fiercely protective of it, at the end of the movie, we suspect his troubles are not over, and that loneliness may be his condition.

There are so many jobs and so many credits on this movie that I don't know whom to praise, but there are sequences here that are really very special.

Some are quiet little moments, like a reflection in a hubcap. Some are visual masterstrokes, like a camera angle that looks straight up through a printed page, with the letters floating between us and the reader.

Some are story concepts, like the train car filled with old and dead toys being taken back to the North Pole for recycling.

Some are elements of mystery, like the Hobo, who is helpful and even saves Hero Boy's life but is in a world of his own up there on top of the train and doesn't become anybody's buddy (when he disappears, his hand always lingers a little longer than his body).

"The Polar Express" is a movie for more than one season; it will become a perennial, shared by the generations.

It has a haunting, magical quality because it has imagined its world freshly and played true to it, sidestepping all the tiresome Christmas cliches that children have inflicted on them this time of year.

The conductor tells Hero Boy he thinks he really should get on the train, and I have the same advice for you.

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