Skip to comments.Why is Christmas Celebrated Mainly at Night?
Posted on 12/24/2013 3:23:33 AM PST by markomalley
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A Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein Glückliches Neues Jahr, Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo to all!
Jesus has always been the light of my life. Always, when things were so dismal, and so down low, I always call out to Him, and eventually, things always got better. I have every hope that He will shine His light and guide me home one day ...and do the same for all my loved ones.
Merry Christmas to all Freepers, and ALL who are guided by the Light and love of Christ this year!!
This is why I use midnight blue candles at home and not purple because I remember the long, darkest nights of the year. Also of all the suffering I had been through myself.
Jesus is truly the LIGHT of the world!
To ALL the FRpers, Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas in different languages:
Because you can’t see the Christmas lights on all the houses in the daytime........
How else could the three wise men be guided by a star?
Say they were traveling at approx. 5 mph with 2 stops for food...they only traveled about 50 miles.
So it might have been 6 PM...
The reality is the star is/was always there...it’s not like it suddenly appeared.
Barbara Walters: Thought Obama Would be the Next Messiah
December 18, 2013 by Lennie Jarratt
Barbara Walters on Piers Morgan when asked about why Obama is struggling so much, We thought that he was going to be I shouldnt say this at Christmastime but the next messiah.
Christ is born, ping!
Christ is BORN, give HIM GLORY!
Good post for Christmas bump. Merry Christmas!
It’s unfortunate we can’t know what that star was, so we could maybe calculate it’s distance from us, and therefore it’s age, etc. it could prove interesting to do such an analysis.
Perhaps it was some supernova not seen elsewhere for its brevity. Although I don’t know of any supernova that would be so short in duration. Or maybe some other civilization saw it but didn’t record it for some reason.
Most likely it’s another miracle akin to the sun stopping in the sky (hence the earth’s rotation stopping) as is spoken of elsewhere in Scripture (and of course at Fatima). These events certainly aren’t recorded worldwide so they are, for whatever reason, chosen by God to only appear to those He has chosen to witness them, for what reason remains ultimately a mystery.
The older I get, the less I celebrate Christmas on December 25th. I do thank God for Jesus death and resurrection daily, however.
Night? Maybe it’s because the time of year our culture chooses to celebrate his birth is also the time of year when the days are shortest. I, personally, never saw it as a nightime celebration. When I was a kid we celebrated Christmas on Christmas day and Christmas eve. During the day it was light out and at Christmas eve it was dark because we didn’t celebrate until dad got home from work.
Where did “Santa” come from ??
The development of “Santa Claus” grew out of the New York Dutch settlers observance of “Sinte Kleaus” (St Nicholas) day December 6th. Which was the date the Dutch settlers, remnants of Netherland colonization in New York, exchanged small gifts. For in some areas of the Netherlands it was done by filling wooden shoes set outside the front door with sweets . Instead of wooden shoes these New Yorkers personally exchanged small gifts in observance of St Nicholas day. For 4th century “Saint t Nick” who lived in what is todays Turkey while famed for his distribution of gifts to poor children was also the patron saint of sailors and seamen which is probably why the seafaring Dutch observed his feast day...
As narratives of the custom developed . One poem primarily attributed to Charles Moore in 1846 “Twas the night before Christmas” changed the way Americans gave gifts during Christmas time. The character some spelled “sinter Klaus was depicted as a defrocked “Santa Claus” with his bishop’s miter a elongated double peaked hat worn by bishops. That was transformed by illustrators of the day into a white tasseled fur trimmed floppy cone shaped red stocking cap. Critics of the Moore poem contended it was done to reduce the religious connotation to a Catholic saint/ bishop. Beside the changes in his chapeau in the Moore poem he became a fat roll-ly poll-ly sitting in on a sleigh full of toys driven by eight reindeer. Two with Dutch names which translated into thunder and lightning hence furthur substantiating the Dutch origin.
The legend was later embelished by others as Santa with helper elves comming from the north pole delivering gifts worldwide along with Rudolph. Another later commercial introduction.But the poem popularized changing the date from December 6th “St Nick’s” day, to the giving of gifts exclusive to Christmas eve or day. Rather than using the observance of the 12 days of Christmas and the feast of the “Three Kings” who offered gifts to The Christ Child as the day to do so which was being done by many at the time..
Elsewhere in many countries it’s the feast of the Epiphany January 6th ( the 12 day of Christmas) is when gifts are exchanged.. But the feast of Epiphany which used to appear on American calendars no longer does so. The reason for it probably developed from the Vatican II decision when the Roman Catholic American Council of Catholic Bishops diminished its importance with the Novus Ordo which reduced the importance of attending services on many feast days known as “holy days of obligation”. When they changed its titular weekday observance of Epiphany to the Sunday following New Years (Presentation formerly known as Circumsicion). references to Epiphany on American calendars disappeared.
Today the date, January 6th, is no longer marked Epiphany in most American calendars..But it is still observed by Orthodox Christian rites as well as Eastern Catholic traditions including most hispanic Roman Catholics. Observing the 12 days many are finding decreases the hectic pace of attempting to get everything done on one day and allows the religious aspects of the season a reflective aspect to set in as well. ..
..note some material included in this report came from wkipedia
Glory to the Newborn King!
Indeed very beautiful
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