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.