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Monday, December 12, 2005
Yep, It's Really WInter
Not much creating going on around here. I am not feeling well and have absolutely NO energy. No decorations up yet and, I am SO disguisted by the broughhaha over "Christmas" vs "Holiday" that I am tempted to skip the entire thing.

Ok, it IS my blog so I feel compelled to give MY not so humble opinion.

Just who the heck do (some) Christians think they are, hollering about *people* trying to take *Christ* out of *Christmas*???? Hey, do NOT have the monopoly on the season. Christmas is NOT the only HOLY day (from whence the word *holiday* arises) to take place at this time of year. NOT EVEN CLOSE. Chanukah (Dec. 25- January 1) predates Christmas by just a titch. And Yule/Solstice also predates Christmas by, oh, a couple thousand years or so. The first mention of December 25 as the birth date of Jesus occurred in A.D. 336 in an early Roman calendar. The celebration of this day as Jesus's birth date was probably influenced by pagan (unchristian) festivals held at that time. The ancient Romans held year-end celebrations to honor Saturn, their harvest god; and Mithras, the god of light. Various peoples in northern Europe held festivals in mid-December to celebrate the end of the harvest season. As part of all these celebrations, the people prepared special foods, decorated their homes with greenery, and joined in singing and gift giving. These customs gradually became part of the Christmas celebration.

In the late 300's, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. By 1100, Christmas had become the most important religious festival in Europe, and Saint Nicholas was a symbol of gift giving in many European countries. During the 1400's and 1500's, many artists painted scenes of the Nativity, the birth of Jesus.

So....PLEASE quit complaining if someone wishes you a happy holiday! They are wishing you a happy Holy Day, which is appropriate no matter WHICH holiday you are celebrating!

We had a VERY cold night a few nights ago. It was, according to my digital indoor/outdoor weather station, -0.8 degrees F (tropical compared to some mornings in the UP when I would be standing at the gas station in Gladstone and the thermometer would read -40- and that's NOT including the windchill!). It was great!! horefrost everywhere!! Crunchy snow and SO quiet. This is one the deer missed (but, judging from the tracks in the snow, they will get to it shortly).
posted by Teri Springer @ 12:42 PM  
  • At 1:42 PM, Blogger Karoda said…

    brrr, Teri, stay warm and I hope you feel better real soon!

  • At 2:09 PM, Blogger Vikki said…'s cold up there!

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Name: Teri Springer
Home: Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada
About Me: Studio Art Quilt Associates for the Atlantic Canada Region (New Brunswick, Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island). Quote:Apples and Wine: Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don't want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they sometimes take the apples from the ground that aren't as good, but easy. The apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they're amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along, the one who is brave enough & smart enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree. Now Men... Men are like a fine wine. They begin as grapes, and it's up to women to stomp the hell out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
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