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Dinosaur Train’s War on Christmas

We had PBS on this morning for a few minutes for my son while my wife was getting ready. I laughed when I heard Dinosaur Train talking about celebrating the shortest day of the year – Winter Solstice. They said they have big parties and decorate their nests with conifer trees. The rest of the episode teaches the young dinosaurs about how the trees grow, etc. Here’s a clip from the end:

I saw a few comments when I was searching for the clip online:

DS and I are watching The Dinosaur Train on Netflix and it’s their Winter Solstice episode.  It’s so hard to find a “Xmas” episode without religiousness running around.

hooray for pagan dinosaurs!

I’m surprised I haven’t heard from Fox News about this already. I’m sure they will let everyone know about about this atrocious attack on Christmas soon. There is no doubt this is blatant war being waged by PBS pagans… but upon closer inspection, it seems it could be designated a just war. Pagans are merely fighting defensively. It’s their holiday after all. Roman Catholics stole the pagan holiday and “baptized” it, calling it Christ’s Mass. All the festivities remained the same, but now it was in honor of Christ’s birth, instead of the birth of Sol Invictus (Roman god of the sun).

Yes, the Dinosaurs do seem to steal the decorations unique to Christmas… but those decorations really aren’t unique to Christmas. It’s actually pretty amazing to see the progression of traditions and decorations throughout the centuries and how they influence our modern celebration of Winter Solstice. In the end, no one really has monopoly rights on the day. If you choose to celebrate Christ’s birth on the 25th, simply recognize where your traditions came from… and don’t stress out about making it a season of war.

Here’s a good overview of the history of Christmas from the History Channel:

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  1. December 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    PBS = Pagan (not Broadcasting System)?

    What I learned from the 1st video is that only dinosaurs ride trains. The 2nd video reminded me that I have yet to finish my Mithra & Sol Invictus shopping!

    Oh yeah, from Wiki world (‘Christmas Music’): During the Commonwealth of England government under Cromwell, the Rump Parliament prohibited the practice of singing Christmas carols as pagan and sinful. Like other customs associated with popular Catholic Christianity, it earned the disapproval of Protestant Puritans. Famously, Cromwell’s interregnum prohibited all celebrations of the Christmas holiday. This attempt to ban the public celebration of Christmas can also be seen in the early history of Father Christmas.

    The Westminster Assembly of Divines established Sunday as the only holy day in the calendar in 1644. The new liturgy produced for the English church recognised this in 1645 and so legally abolished Christmas. Its celebration was declared an offence by Parliament in 1647.[2] There is some debate as to the effectiveness of this ban and whether or not it was enforced in the country.[2]

    Puritans generally disapproved of the celebration of Christmas — a trend which has continually resurfaced in Europe and the USA through the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.[3]

    ^2 a b c Hutton, Ronald (1996). The Stations of the Sun. Oxford.
    ^3 Shoemaker, Alfred L. (1959, 1999). Christmas in Pennsylvania. Mechanicsburg, PA. p. xvii.

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  2. November 28, 2014 at 8:32 am

    I just caught the tail (get it?) end of this episode with my son and I thought it was funny too, and nothing more. I was curious to see if it made people angry.I’m a Christian and saw no fault in it, but it was a pretty obvious dig at a co-opted pagan holiday. I agree that no one really owns the right to Christmas traditions and symbolism.

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  3. Seanonymous
    December 20, 2015 at 8:53 am

    They don’t mention Christmas because it’s set in the BC era.

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