Can you imagine getting visited by an Angel? Not just any Angel but an Archangel? Gabriel himself? Now, can you imagine that Archangel telling you that you will have a bay in 9 months? What happened to being a virgin? And not only are you going to have a baby but that baby will be the Son of God? And He will be named Jesus. Well that’s exactly what happened to Mary of Nazareth. Can you imagine explaining that to your parents? So March 25th has been deemed that day since we celebrate Christmas on December 25th, exactly nine months away. Naturally, we don’t really know what day Jesus was born, it was never recorded so Christmas Day is, at best, a guess. That means March 25th is, at best, a guess. But since we humans seem to need to assign dates to things, it’s as good as any.
How to celebrate – Have a Feast today. Study what is known of the Archangel Gabriel. Visit Nazareth.
The three kings of the orient did not reach the manger until January 6th, having followed the star that guided them to where the baby Jesus lay sleeping. When you look at your manger scene celebrating Christmas do you have the wise men there before they had actually arrived? Most of us do.
This is one of the reasons why there are twelve days of Christmas… it did not all come together in one single night as we have be told by legend. It did not probably even occur in December as we now celebrate. The date is not as important as the action.
The wise men brought gold, frankincense and myrrh. They were all valuable items in their day. These gifts that they brought to the baby Jesus is probably why we give gifts to each other at Christmas. We all know about gold, most of us have smelled frankincense but I doubt many of us have used myrrh.
Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar all brought the best they had to offer to the new born King. I don’t believe legend tells us how they knew about the birth, maybe there is a story that I have not heard of. Whatever the reason they came, following the star to lead them to their King. But it did not come on December 25h when The Baby was born.
How to celebrate – Don’t be so fast to end Christmas. Study the true meaning of the holiday and where the traditions came from. Find your own star to follow where God leads you.
Most people do not understand or even comprehend what Boxing Day is, that is unless they live in Australia, England, Canada, New Zealand or any f the former British commonwealths. That’s because it is primarily a British holiday… but maybe one the rest of us should share as well.
Boxing Day started somewhere in the Middle Ages when local merchants would “box” up food and fruit to give to their servants as a reward for their service over the year. It was also a time to give thanks for the bounty one had received and to share some of that with those in need.
It even included friendly games between those who held a station in life and those who did not. There is no written record of who won but I would hope the royalty and wealthy let the less fortunate win for a change.
So as we receive our fair share, and over, of Christmas gifts maybe we should “box” up those items we no longer need or use and give them to those less fortunate that ourselves. Even if we don’t feel charitable we can look at it as getting rid of the clutter in our homes!
It is what Jesus would have done after-all. So if you are celebrating his birth over Christmas, why not give as He would have afterwards.
How to celebrate – Celebrate Boxing Day. Box up those items you no longer use or want. Have left-overs for your Boxing Day meal.
It’s Christmas Day. It has so many means to so many people. The true meaning is, it’s the day of Christ’s birth. Now we don’t know the day He was born for sure but December 25th serves the point as well as any other day.
Today we give gifts, eat with our families and celebrate what is most important in our lives… even if we don’t celebrate it for the “right” reasons. The giving of gifts imitates the Three Wise Men giving gifts to Jesus. The tree the three symbols of Christianity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
We have sort of made up the rest over the years. Santa Claus comes from Saint Nicholas, who was a real person that gave gifts to his village in the name of the Lord. He wasn’t fat either, Coca-Cola did that. No, not his drinking it, they just thought he looked better on the bottle if he was fat.
So today is a birthday celebration that all Christians celebrate. We all do it in our own way and that’s okay. I remember a Pastor telling me that he thought it was great to light up your lawn with every light you could manage to place. It lights up the night and shows all what you believe in, for the right… or the wrong… reasons.
How to celebrate – Have a Merry Christmas. Respect others beliefs. Celebrate the season.
Dec. 24th Eggnog Day
Here is another Christmas tradition that no one knows where it exactly came from. It is believed that an egg milk punch was served in medieval Europe for travelers because it was cold during the holiday seasons.
Over the years it has been flavored with different spices and alcohol. It is now traditionally served cold, still with flavors added. A lot of people wish it could be served year-round but then, it wouldn’t be so special at Christmas if it was.
How to celebrate – Have some eggnog. Figure out your own additions to your eggnog. Merry Christmas Eve.
Today is both Christmas Eve and National Eggnog Day. It is a day Christians celebrate the coming of the Christ Child and what better way than having a glass of Egg Nog. Well, maybe there are more appropriate ways but the Eggnog is a tradition for Christmas Eve so pour yourself a glass.
Eggnog comes only during the holiday season, around Thanksgiving and runs out soon after New Years. To many that is way too short of a season for their favorite drink. Now if you are one of those people you can make it yourself! Here’s a recipe for you. You can have it all year round if you make it yourself!
Adding a little rum to the eggnog makes it an adult drink, and a little less thick! maybe say this one for New Years Eve! And don’t forget the nutmeg, eggnog isn’t eggnog without the nutmeg! That is, of course, unless you don’t like eggnog.
And instead of leaving milk and cookies for Santa, leave eggnog and cookies! And maybe a glass of water cause most eggnog is pretty thick. I don’t suggest the rum for Santa since he’ll be driving all night!
And have a Merry Christmas Eve! Eggnog is not what Christmas Eve is all about but it does make it a little better!
How to celebrate – Have some Eggnog! Make some Eggnog! Have a Merry Christmas.
Dec. 20th – Go Caroling Day
Caroling probably came out of Wassailing, which came out of people traveling about in search of cider to warm themselves. Perhaps they were occasionally required to sing for their cider!?!
Anyway, Caroling became a part of the Christmas tradition, although recently it has tapered off considerably. (You could get arrested for trespassing) It’s still fun to think of those days when you could bring joy to someone’s life by standing outside their door and singing them a song.
How to celebrate – Go Caroling (Friends and relatives are your best target.) Go Wassailing! (Good luck finding cider) Have a Merry Christmas.