What do we celebrate holdiays that are obiviously on the wrong day?

@Aurone (4757)
United States
February 3, 2008 2:52pm CST
Holidays like Christmas and Valentines day are on the wrong days, so why do we celebrate them when we do? On the liturgical calendar, May 2 is the saints' day for Valentine of Genoa. This St. Valentine was an early bishop of Genoa who died around AD 307. Readers incorrectly assumed that Chaucer was referring to February 14 as Valentine's Day. However, mid-February is an unlikely time for birds to be mating in England. And I also bet there were no lambs being born in December.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
4 Feb 08
I think it goes back to when they changed over to another calendar, Aurone, but what it all boils down to is that the ones in power are going to change anything they wish to suit themselves.
@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
3 Feb 08
The Christmas thing is a matter of the church aligning the holiday with pagan ones of the same time, as another poster said. There are a lot of Christian holidays that line up with pagan ones in some way or other, to tap into older traditions and help people convert. Not just Christmas, but also Easter, All Saint's, and others. I didn't know about Valentine's Day being misplaced, but if you think about it, once such a mistake or change is made, it's hard to unmake it. Even if you officially declared that Valentine's Day was on another day, people in general wouldn't want to change it because it's a part of their lives as it is now. Also, since a lot of people who celebrate Valentine's just see it as a lover's holiday without really associating it with St. Valentine anymore anyway, most people really don't care about whether they celebrate it at the right time.
• United States
3 Feb 08
I know why Christmas is in December.To woo more people to Christianity, they started celebrating Christmas in December because there was a pagan winter festival already being celebrated so they borrowed it.I didn't know ST Valentine's Day was on the wrong date.Wow.
• United States
3 Feb 08
Commercialization. Have you noticed that christmas stuff is getting put on the shelves of stores earlier and earlier every year. I swear this year our stores skipped halloween all together and put out christmas stuff right after the back to school rush and went i went shopping the day after christmas there were already half a dozen shelves of Valentines day things out. It is all about merchandising.