Letters to the Editor
With Every Christmas Card I Write
by Everett Wilson
ELM from 98801 writes:
December 23, 2011
Due to lack of biblical referance or historical based analysis, no longer do I send birthday cards at Yule-time, December 25th, after deduced by a host of historians that Jesus was born in mid-Tishri ( late September or early October) or right around the Feast of Tabernacles. Seems passe. Actually, - Yule-time was a pagan religious winter festival initially celebrated by the historical Germanic people, though later absorbed into & equated with the Christian festival of Christmas; a festival originally celebrated from late December to early January on a date determined by the lunar Germanic calender. The festival was placed on December 25 when the Christian calendar (Julian calendar) was adopted. The nativity accounts in the New Testament gospels of Matthew & Luke do not mention a day for the birth of Jesus given that the gospels were written as theological documents that do not pay attention to such details as they were primarily written for purpose of indoctrination in the context of early Christianity; leaving uncertainties as to the actual date Jesus was born. A huge deal was made out of where & when President Obama was born. Donald Trump refused to take Obama's birth statistics for granted. Millions take Jesus's birth date to be December 25th, might well consider how corrupt ' powers that be ' were at that time; government censored & controled the written word.
Everett Wilson from partial observer writes:
January 5, 2012
The December 25 date has been argued by some as historical, but not taken seriously for some time. It has been known for centuries that the date was arbitrarily set; a celebration one day is as good as another. Since the shepherds were in the fields, it was likely lambing time, which is nowhere around midwinter. Which exact day in lambing season, and which exact year? Who knows or cares? It was his birth, which was real enough, but it is our celebration, and we can celebrate it whenever we want. Serious Christians celebrate Christmas in our hearts, along with Good Friday and Easter every day in the year, but we remember them corporately on agreed upon dates. In western Europe and the western hemisphere, Christmas is December 25; in eastern Europe
Churches under the Greek Rite, Christmas is January 6. In Sweden, the twelve days of Christmas begin on Santa Lucia Day on December 13, and end on December 25.
Whenever. Just go for it! Maybe there is still time to get invited to a Greek Christmas tomorrow!
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