I decided to do just that, and here's what I learned. Around four thousand years ago there was a cataclysmic battle between the Wizards of the Light Magic and the Wizard of the Dead Magic in ancient Babylon. The Wizard of the Dead Magic was trying to use the power connected with the solstice to open a portal to the abyss. The battle raged for several hours, with a small portal opening and creatures from the abyss beginning to flood into the natural world. The creatures began to flood the city of Babylon, and the residents of the city did their best to fight back the cadre of creatures.
While the other Wizards of the Light Magic fought with the Babylonian army to protect the city, the Wizard of Fire used his powerful magic to close the portal, producing a bright flare of light that exploded up into the sky. The people of ancient Babylon saw the cataclysmic explosion and attributed it to the sun god coming to their aid. The creatures were eventually destroyed, as was the Wizard of the Dead Magic. The people of Babylon chose to have a celebration a few days later to commemorate the greatness of the sun god. That day turned out to be December 25.
Flash forward several centuries to the early days of the Romans. There was a period of horrible drought. Farming became difficult, if not impossible. People were starving, and the entire civilization was threatened. A pair of wizards, though, arrived in the area. One was able to use her magic to produce rain, while the other was able to use her magic to cause the crops to quickly spurt up from the ground. Their use of magic ended both the drought and the lack of food, giving the Roman civilization a new lease on life. As soon as they had used their magic to bring about an end to the drought and starvation, though, they simply disappeared, much to the Romans disappointment. The miraculous change in their situation, coupled with the immediate disappearance of the wizards, gave rise to the notion that the two wizards had been avatars of the God of Agriculture, Saturn. It took a couple of months for everything to return to normal in Rome, but once it had, the Romans decided to use that time to celebrate the power of Saturn. That day also happened to be December 25.
These are just a couple of the amazing events that have happened within the natural world that have a tie to the date celebrated as Christmas in the modern age, but there are many others, and all of them have a tie to the power of the light magic, a force for good in the natural world.
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