But does this mean Christmas is just a pagan festival celebrating a change in the weather? Of course not. Light, star, rebirth, new life and abundance have symbolic meaning too. And symbols, rituals and celebrations address inner realities as well as outer ones.
Although main-stream Mayan scholars do not believe the Mayans were predicting physical doom, others thought the world might end this day, perhaps due to an interaction with the black hole at the center of the galaxy, or Earth’s collision with a previously unknown planet. At the very least, some people prepared for wide-spread natural catastrophes that would dramatically alter our way of life.