1.Da pool hall is close
3.having to see my family
1.supposive birthday of are savior. [img]/ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
2.supposive peace on earth [img]/ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
3.spending time with ma kids & family [img]/ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
This cut from http://www.origin-of-christmas.com/ reflects the views that I have on this bloated thing called Christmas. I dont even really celebrate it per say. Oh we get together and have dinner christmas day with the family n' stuff but as far as excanging gifts and decorating ones abode with tacky garb...well..I dont bother. It just dont seem right. I hate what they have done to the day we were suppose to take to remember one of the best gifts ever given to mankind.
Origin of Christmas - The Biblical Account
The Origin of Christmas is presented beautifully in the well-known Biblical account of Luke: And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:1-11 NKJV).
Origin of Christmas - The Traditions and Controversies
For today's Christian, the Origin of Christmas is, and should be, the birth of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Bible. Nothing more, nothing less. However, most of what we witness on December 25th each year has absolutely nothing to do with that blessed day (probably in late summer or early fall) about 2,000 years ago. In fact, most of the customs and traditions of Christmas actually pre-date the birth of Jesus, and many of them are downright deceptive in their meaning and origin. Here are a few examples:
The date of December 25th probably originated with the ancient "birthday" of the son-god, Mithra, a pagan deity whose religious influence became widespread in the Roman Empire during the first few centuries A.D. Mithra was related to the Semitic sun-god, Shamash, and his worship spread throughout Asia to Europe where he was called Deus Sol Invictus Mithras. Rome was well-known for absorbing the pagan religions and rituals of its widespread empire. As such, Rome converted this pagan legacy to a celebration of the god, Saturn, and the rebirth of the sun god during the winter solstice period. The winter holiday became known as Saturnalia and began the week prior to December 25th. The festival was characterized by gift-giving, feasting, singing and downright debauchery, as the priests of Saturn carried wreaths of evergreen boughs in procession throughout the Roman temples.
Variations of this pagan holiday flourished throughout the first few centuries after Jesus Christ, but it probably wasn't until 336 AD that Emperor Constantine officially converted this pagan tradition into the "Christian" holiday of Christmas. The word "Christmas" is a combination of the words "Christ" and "Mass." The word "Mass" means death and was coined originally by the Roman Catholic Church. The ritual of the Mass involves the death of Christ, and the distribution of the "Host", a word taken from the Latin word "hostiall," meaning victim. In short, Christmas is a Roman Catholic word of Roman Empire origin.
Origin of Christmas - What Really Matters?
The true Origin of Christmas is filled with controversy and compromise. A quick study will reveal a number of disturbing roots that we haven't been able to cover in this brief article. In short, the Christmas holiday we celebrate today is indicative of Christianity's willingness to absorb the world's customs and traditions, and forget its simple roots in the historical reality of Jesus Christ. Christmas should be nothing more than a simple, yet wonderful reminder of Christ's humble beginning as a human child in this world. His birth merely set the stage for the power, glory and salvation that would be revealed in His life, death and resurrection! Whether it's December 25th, sometime in late September, or any other day of the year, we should use each and every opportunity to reflect on Jesus Christ and His message of hope for all of us.
nAz 2012 GOP presidential candidate
Live xmas tree, decorations, the classic movies, the smell of cookies baking, spirits, remembering xmas past, the chance of it snowing on xmas day, doing all my shopping in August, xmas parties, giving xmas parties, exchanging presents, more xmas spirits, lots of chocolate, more xmas parties (with lots of xmas spirits), xmas eve with friends and family, xmas day food, presents, snow (maybe), more spirits.
Try dealing with 3 kids 17, 19 and 21.. that still think cash grows on trees....
Time off from work.. 4 weeks.. now that is very merry christmas..
Even with the controversy surrounding when the actual birth of Jesus Christ took place, Christmas is the day I choose (along with countless other Christians) to celebrate the birth of our Savior.
That is first and foremost as without the creation of heaven and earth, nothing else would be available to celebrate.
I celebrate the love of family, regardless of the strains that are tied to those who I love.
I celebrate the love of good friends. Those who are there physically when you are down or need help. I celebrate those who wish in their hearts they could be there as well but simply can't. Friendships are a true gift from God.
I celebrate the love I receive from my extended church family.
I celebrate the birth of my children even though they were born in January and February, they are a gift from God as well. I am blessed with two wonderful children.
I celebrate the lives of my Grandparents who have been gone for several years now but the manner in which they shaped and molded me lives in my heart today.
I celebrate my health. I pray for those in need of healing. I mourn for those who are gone.
Sure...I buy gifts and do the 'mall thing'. But that isn't a celebration. Instead, it is just a simple way of telling those who are an important part of my life, "Thank you for being here".
I do not care if gifts are ever given to me. I received the greatest gift of all at the expense of a man whose life on earth ended on a cross, suspended by rusty nails and adorned with a crown of thorns, so many years ago.
He has risen and He is alive in my heart today and everyday.
Ken (doesn't know how to give a short answer to this question)
That was great-and ken, remember nose plugs for snoring pug!(only kidding)
Peace on Earth!
Carol~grateful friends and family are here to celebrate!
Not that I'm not religous, I'll keep my beliefs to myself. X-mas meant for years to sleep in late, stop in the Indian Casino for a 'lil action before I go to my sister's. Spend some time with my family, then to the pool room which opens around 6PM. I bring leftovers to whomever is working, sit and toss a few adult beverages or play some pool then head home. This years is a 'lil different, this year X-mas means that I am 7 days [img]/ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] from being with my girl in Tx. This might be the best X-mas ever.......... [img]/ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
"Doesnt mean that much to me to mean that much to you"...Neil Young
Family together, [img]/ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
Friends that you don't get to see often enough the rest of the year, [img]/ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
The excitement of Christmas morning on my kids faces, [img]/ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Lots of great food and drink, [img]/ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
The lights, the smells, the cold air on my face as we go out to see the Christmas decorations on Christmas Eve, [img]/ccboard/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
But most of all Love. The best part of Christmas for me is the love that is shown openly by friends, family and even strangers. That's the true spirit of Christmas IMO. [img]/ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
Merry Christmas and lots of love to all you CCBers! [img]/ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
<font color="blue">Lord, let me be the person my dog thinks I am.</font color>
Xmas is a farce. A humbug, if you will.
Fred <~~~ scrooge
<font color="blue">You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.</font color>
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you asked but never came back to say what it means to you.
dan...usually anxiety but this year...something good.
To me it means seeing some family, getting a good meal, and exchanging gifts. Also taking off from work and relaxing. -Slim