Despite the Occident’s pervasive contemporary Liberal Secularism, the Tree and the Cross are both potent symbols at this time of year.
The evergreen tree, usually a conifer, has been used to celebrate winter festivals (both pagan and Christian) for thousands of years.
The modern tradition originates in Northern Europe (around the 1500s) and was later made popular by German religious leaders and the nobility spreading across Europe, the Occident, and beyond by the beginning of the twentieth century. For some the evergreen tree symbolised the beauty of nature, throughout the changing seasons, while for others it showed the hand of God in its creation.
The Cross is the symbol of Christianity.
And, despite the overt Liberal Secularism of modern life, Christianity still forms the cultural backdrop to our calendar, albeit grafted onto popular pagan festivals, such as Yuletide.
The original pagan Yuletide, with Christian symbolism still loosely attached, has now become an orgy of disgusting consumerism where the measure of a satisfying Christmas is based on how much money you can spend and how much (not so) cheap tat you acquire in the process.
However, it is possible to still enjoy Yuletide (and avoid the Scrooge tag!) whilst preventing the materialist anti-climax the New Year will inevitably bring if you follow the consumerist drumbeat of the mainstream media.
Just remember the origins of the festival as you enjoy this time of year, whether alone with your thoughts or with your close family.
And pledge to stay loyal to your country, Europe and the Occident as a whole, regardless of the struggles ahead, whether personally or politically.
Civil Liberty wishes all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!