The devil is in the details….my Pastor says we should not get hung up in details. I like that thought as experience has taught me that with details come self-appointed experts, rules and sometimes unreasonable expectations.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christmas (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning “Christ’s Mass”) is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by millions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide, which ends after the twelfth night Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.
Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary as a fulfillment of the Old Testament’s Messianic prophecy The Bible contains two accounts which describe the events surrounding Jesus’ birth. Depending on one’s perspective, these accounts either differ from each other or tell two versions of the same story. These biblical accounts are found in the Gospel of Matthew, namely Matthew 1:18, and the Gospel of Luke, specifically Luke 1:26 and 2:40. According to these accounts, Jesus was born to Mary, assisted by her husband Joseph, in the city of Bethlehem.
Ok, most all of the research I have done supports my following statement. Back in the day, a long way back, people celebrated what they called “Winter Festival” and as the church became more established the secular festival became Christmas, a Christian Holiday. That’s right we named it, and it belongs to us. Quit messing with my holiday! Now I am willing to be fair about this and after all this is a Democracy not Theocracy so let’s do this. Leave my Holiday alone and consider these few adjustments.
We will no longer have a Christmas shopping season, we will do away with the holidays observed by Government around Christmas and as a Christian I will observe the birth of my Lord and savior with my fellow believers in a Church or in our homes. In return you will agree to my right to believe in Jesus Christ, leave my symbols of faith alone and generally mind your own business.
In closing I leave you with this thought…. It is happening to often, it is not all right and it is MERRY CHRISTMAS, not happy holidays!