Well imagine you are sitting around your house not doing much of anything and an Angel appears next to you. Oh, and not just any Angel but the Archangel Gabriel. Now this is not just a social call, no… he tells you that you are going to be mother to God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Well, since you are a virgin this seems a little unlikely but who are you to argue with an Archangel? So you say “okay” and go on about your day. This is a poor representation of Mary’s day when she found out she would be the mother of God’s child. So today we celebrate that day, though we probably don’t know when the actual date was she got the news.
How to celebrate – Have a feast celebrating the good news! Read about Mary’s life. Celebrate the Joy.
There are times when we all play God. I don’t think most of us really mean to do it but we do. Like when we drive and look at our cell phones, it is an act of playing God. We are judging that we can be distracted without penalty. It does, however, eventually catch up to us. So often playing like we are God has bad results for others, more than for ourselves, but we will eventually pay for it. And it really doesn’t matter which God you pray to, it’s the same. We feel we answer to someone more knowing than ourselves, at least we hope there is someone more knowing than ourselves. And if you believe you have to trust. Trust that whatever you are playing God with will be better off in God’s hands than our own.
How to celebrate – Thank whatever God you believe in. Do not pass judgement on others. Know that you are not perfect and therefore, able to make mistakes and have bad judgement.
Angels are considered to be among the most honored and cherished creatures that have ever existed, or not existed, according to your beliefs. The day was created by Jayne Howard Feldman on August 22nd, 1993. I think she was on to something. if we all try to be more like Angels we will all be far better off, whether you believe in Angels or not. I personally believe there are Angels, some may even be human.
How to celebrate – List those around you that are Angelic. See how many Angels you can list. Pay it forward today!
For Christians today is the day Jesus arose from the dead showing that God could even defeat death. It is a great day of celebration as it should be. The cross and Empty Tomb is the symbol of Easter for Christians. While Easter Service is a tradition for most.
Other symbols and traditions have crept in. The day is filled with colorful eggs that are hidden so they smell really bad when you do actually find them, chocolate, jelly beans, and Peeps. Did you know that over 1.5 billion Peeps are sold yearly, most at Easter since it is also tied to the Goddess Eastre, who is symbolized as a bunny (funny how that worked out).
How to celebrate – Go to church. Hide Easter eggs. Celebrate the Resurrection with a family party.
Today is one of the most important days in Christianity, Good Friday. It is the day that Jesus was put on the cross, passing away at 3 PM. I have never actually understood what made this Good Friday, it seems like a pretty rotten one to me. However I guess what followed was pretty darn special. We could not have had Easter Sunday without Good Friday. It is also known as “Dark Friday”, maybe a little more fitting. The day turned dark at 3PM also. The day varies with the year sometimes coming early, sometimes later. It really doesn’t matter when it comes, it’s still a day to remember. That someone would suffer all so that we could have everything is amazing. Jesus did that for us ALL!
How to celebrate – Go to church. Read the Bible. Believe.
Yes, it’s time to inspire yourself with something beautiful. For some, that’s a painting, a sculpture or maybe photograph. There is no question that there are beautiful things out there to celebrate. It might even be a poem or a person or even an animal. You should spend the day taking them in and securing them in your memory.
Maybe you could even buy something beautiful… not a person. That way you will always have it around you to remember today as you inspire yourself with what the world can provide. If you have the talent, you can even create it yourself to keep forever, or share with someone else.
Just remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It doesn’t always mean that what you see as beautiful has to be beautiful to someone else. And be sure to look past the surface, particularly with people because sometimes the most beautiful parts are being held in reserve.
And look for the beauty within yourself. Those things that separate you from everyone else and make you beautiful. after-all, you are a work of art too. God’s art.
How to celebrate – Visit a museum. Go to an art gallery. Take pictures of what you see so you can easily remember them.
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.
Keeping with the theme of Halloween and All Saint’s Day we now move to All Soul’s Day. This is the day we pay homage to those who have passed on. It is also known as the “Day of the Dead”. It is hoped that they have passed on to Heaven but also serves as a day to ask for forgiveness of the sins of the dead so that they may pass on to Heaven.
Created in 998 it is another Christian holiday. It is a remembrance of those loved ones that have passed before us though there are many who also pray for unknown people’s souls. I am sure we all know the sinners of others that we can pray for forgiveness. I think sometimes it is easier to pray for their sins than our own so hopefully, once we have passed someone will pray for us as well.
This is not restricted to Christianity, but today was created for Christians. It really is a day about remembering. So long as a person is remembered, they really haven’t totally moved on. It’s therapeutic for the living and hopefully helpful for the dead.
In an odd sort of way it is also a celebration for those who have passed because they are in a better place than they were before. A whole lot of us hope that is the case. If you believe that death is nothing but a hole in the ground, then you don’t have much to look forward too.
If you believe in God then you believe you have a soul. If you have a soul, then you hopefully will go to Heaven and All Soul’s Day makes a lot of sense!
How to celebrate – Remember those who have gone before you. Pray that those who have passed have reached Heaven. Believe!
Today we celebrate all those Saints in Christianity, most set by the Catholic Church. Many of the Saints were martyrs who died in the love for Christ and the people who follow him. There are many who pray to the Saints for their help and guidance. There is little doubt they were devoted people who were leaders just by living the lives they lived.
All Saint’s Day was originally called Hallomas and celebrated in May. It was moved to November to help combat the pagan holiday of Halloween. The leaders of the church believed that Halloween had become too popular and could not simply be ignored or destroyed by the church.
There are over 10,000 Saint’s, all appointed by the church. Most are designated to cover some human fault or some human need (which pretty much seems like the same thing). Most Christian religions believe there are Saints, though they do not expect them to intercede on their behalf.
The honest truth is, no one knows for sure. So if you believe in Saints, Angels, or Guardians then I see no reason to stop the practice. If you do not, what harm is there in letting others believe they are being served in some way by these Saints. They generally ask things those on earth have no chance of answering.
Believe in Saints or not, today is their day… not yours. If you are a believer I hope the Saints will help you with your request, if you do not believe, I hope they don’t hold it against you on judgement day.
How to celebrate – See how many Saints you can name. Find out which Saints assist with what needs. Study what it takes to become a Saint.
This day has a different kind of meaning to me. As you may have guessed, I am a writer… I do more than blogs. (Whether they are good or not I leave to you) However, I wrote a manuscript called, “Why The Evergreens Stay Green”. It involves and Angel that once lived on earth and is charged to come back and find a tree willing to have itself turned into a manger for Jesus, without knowing who Jesus actually is.
I think it is a good story with some meaning to it… sacrifice is often asked of us without knowing who or what will benefit from it. I was asked to turn it into a play for children for Christmas time at a church. The Minister came back and told me they could not do it the way it was written because people cannot be Angels.
I thought the minister was missing the point, and wrong, so I looked it up and darn if he wasn’t right. According to theology, people cannot become, or ever have been, Angels. People are supposed to be above Angels because they have to learn and accept the Lord, instead being “born” as an Angel and more or less be “forced” into service. (Not the right words but I am not sure how else to state it.)
But in my world, I feel Angels are better, and something we should all strive to be. As humans, we are flawed. Angels are not. The idea that if you live your life trying to live up to the image of an Angel will make you a better person. If this makes God be mad at me, I am sorry. We should all strive to be better than we are and since we would only have each other to use as an example of how to live our lives, without Angels, I chose to try and live mine like an apprentice Angel, striving to actually become one some day. Today was created by Jayne Howard Feldman in 1993. God bless her.
How to celebrate – Try to be better today than yesterday. Put others before yourself. Trust in God to lead your way.