well, not satanic by my standards, but definately by the bibles standards. All the major christian festivals- Christmas + Easter happen to fall on or extremely close to the original "pagan" festivals which celebrate/recognise the changing seasons. Winter solestice (Dec 21st) happens to be the strongest time for the wiccan (witchcraft) personification of the energies of winter (the holly king). It is a time for recognition of the natural world, and it's resiliance to weather using symbolic examples of plantlife that prospers even in the darker half of the year. (e.g. the evergreen pine trees and holly that you all drag into your homes "in the name of christ") Plus, until intervention (in the 50's?)through advertising by the coca-cola company, santa always wore green. A green-clad man with a big white beard has always been a traditional image of the holly king. This predates christianity in England by a very long time. Do you tell your kids bout Santa? So that's one wiccan (apparantly satanic) ritual that most of you probably join in with annually. Do you not fear for your souls? As for easter (much older wiccan name Ostara), the celebration of the spring, when the warmth begins to coax life back into the earth. A time for recognition of the energies involved in new-life, rebirth of the earth after it's death in the winter etc. (symbols of this being chicks, eggs, etc) Jesus sure chose a convienient time to come back, no? Any of you buy easter eggs? Another satanic black mark against your christian souls! The point is, christianity came to this country when it already had a long upheald religious tradition, and basically intergrated itself into that. It laid it's festivals over the pre-existing ones and kept a lot of the traditions to facilitate converting people more easily. Although most people no longer realise the significance of the rituals they go through every year, the old Celtic, and Wiccan idea of aknowledging the wonders of the seasons are very much still part of modern society. If you adhere to any of these traditions, doesn't that by your own standards make you satan worshippers?