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10 Myths About Christmas


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Christmas is the Most Important Christian Holiday
Easter trumps Christmas as far as Christian holidays go. Richard Ellis/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Easter trumps Christmas as far as Christian holidays go. Richard Ellis/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Say it ain't so! Yes, to the astonishment of many people -- including many Christians -- Christmas is not the most important Christian holiday. Despite the ribbons. Despite the tags. Despite the packages, boxes and bags. No, Christmas can't hold a candle to that powerhouse Christian holiday, Easter. And it's not just an Easter bunny versus Santa Claus thing, either.

On Christmas, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, who they believe is the son of God. That's definitely an important event, and Christians spend a few weeks whooping it up, from Dec. 25 until sometime in January, depending on their exact religious affiliation. But Easter commemorates Jesus' rising from death into eternal life, which was not only a coup for Jesus personally, but for all of humankind, as his resurrection is said to have contained the promise of eternal life for all who believe in him [source: Martin]. Because Easter is so sacred, Christians spend nearly two months of the year celebrating the Easter season, far longer than they celebrate Christmas. Think of it this way. Everyone has a birthday. But not everyone can triumph over death.


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