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: