History of Christmas Traditions: Some pre-Christian?

Bill Petro
4 min readDec 1, 2021

Many of the customs that we commonly associate with Christmas come from previous pagan or pre-Christian European backgrounds. Let’s look at some of these familiar traditions and some connections to other folklore elements with which we may be unfamiliar.

Christmas Traditions

  • The word Yule comes from the Germanic jōl or the Anglo-Saxon…
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