‘Tis the season for Christmas feasting. As with any holiday or occasion we encourage you not to celebrate with food. But then the question arises, “why do we celebrate with food?” Most holidays are pretty easy to pin down and are mostly due to social or commercially imposed ritual.
Christmas is a bit different. It’s a worldwide phenomenon and is celebrated around feasting in most cultures. But why?
Fortunately there is an origin of all things and with a bit of digging those origins are easily sorted out.
We can thank both the Sun and the Son (of God, Jesus Christ) for all of that holiday fare. As it turns out, the Christian celebration of the feast of The Nativity (Christmas) and the Roman Pagan celebration of the Unconquerable Sun coincided at around the 25th of December. Since no one really knows when Christ was born the Church of Rome moved to celebrate the Nativity during a time of celebration for the rebirth of the Sun. What better time to celebrate the coming of the one true unconquerable son?
Why is this important to anyone in the nutrition world?
Why is this important to you?
It is important to seek and learn the origin of things because the origin often reveals the way an idea or social norm has evolved. Understanding the root of a thing presents us with something more powerful than the story of the origin.
In understanding the origin of Christmas feasting we gain the power of choice.
Yes, the feasting was once a pivotal point on which the rest of the celebration of the birth of Christ or the Sun was hinged. However, today, we live in a society of plenty and even of excess. We are blessed with the ability to choose the way we celebrate because food is so common in most of our culture.
If you have been feasting for the holidays out of blind following or faith, please take this knowledge and use it to understand that there is no need for that. We no longer need to celebrate with something that is so readily available. We no longer need to celebrate by filling our bodies with anything but the best nourishment.
If the Sun or the Son were to create a feast for you, what would you imagine either of these beings providing for your nourishment and enjoyment? Can you imagine preparing a meal for a deified Sun or for the Son of God? What would you prepare?
Not to be completely cliché here but, what would God eat?
Would the son of God or the God of the sun sit down to a feast of bacon wrapped wilted greens and aged bovine secretions or a fresh crisp pile of luxurious and life giving kale and power packed vegetables and fruit?
What would the unconquerable Son/Sun celebrate by eating?
Go against centuries of blind tradition.
Be a centenarian.