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To: Salvation

I’m asking a rhetorical question.

Would Jesus celebrate Christmas? Let’s take it back to his time during the height of ancient Rome’s power.

The holiday equivalent would have been the Feast of Saturnalia for the Romans. During Jesus’ time would he have celebrated it? Absolutely not. He was an observant Jew - not a Roman or Christian or a Hellenized Jew. He celebrated Chanukah. Why? Because the Feast of Saturnalia was a pagan celebration. I’m sure some Romans back then would have denied that Saturnalia was pagan.


6 posted on 12/23/2012 1:59:48 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I think Jesus would be very disappointed at the way we scurry around, buying, exchanging, and then returning gifts for something else.

He is the gift. I found something about this last night. I’ll see if I can find it again.


7 posted on 12/23/2012 2:02:04 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Christmas, Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Mary's dream

Christmas, Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Mary's dream

I had a dream, Joseph. I don't understand it, not really, but I think it was about a birthday celebration for our Son. I think that was what it was all about. The people had been preparing for it for about six weeks. They had decorated the house and bought elaborate gifts. It was peculiar, though because the presents weren't for our Son. They wrapped them in beautiful paper and tied them with lovely bows and stacked them under a tree. Yes, a tree Joseph, right in their house. They'd decorated the tree also. The branches were full of glowing balls and sparkling ornaments. There was a figure on top of the tree. It looked like an Angel might look. Oh it was beautiful. Everyone was laughing and happy. They were all excited about the gifts. They gave the gifts to each other, Joseph, not to our Son. I don't think they even knew Him. They never mentioned His name. Doesn't it seem odd for people to go to all that trouble to celebrate someone's birthday if they don't know Him. I had the strangest feeling that if our Son had gone to this celebration, He would have been intruding. Everything was so beautiful, Joseph, and everyone so full of cheer, but it made me want to cry. How sad for Jesus not to be wanted at His own birthday celebration. I'm glad it was only a dream. How terrible, Joseph, if it had been real!

Christmas - Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Holy Nativity  Author unknown (Say a prayer for him or her)


9 posted on 12/23/2012 2:09:28 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I believe Jesus does celebrate Christmas. With His Church and His body, the Communion of Saints.

Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation. Advent is latin for “coming.” Christ coming in the Incarnation; His coming into our lives and His second coming in the future. It is a time for quiet reflection, prayer and conversion.

If we mark the time in this manner, I believe Christ is with us.


45 posted on 12/23/2012 6:05:58 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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