Posts Tagged ‘Christmas decorations’

Is Christmas Pagan?

December 9, 2010

Over the years I have occasionally heard accusations that many Christmas traditions are rooted in non-Christian religions.

It’s true.

The Christmas tree, holly, mistletoe, yule log, and probably some other  Christmas traditions were  indeed part of non-Christian religions earlier in history.

When the church was expanding into Europe there were very popular mid-winter celebrations that entire communities had celebrated for generations.  It was very difficult to eliminate these traditions, so the Christian community incorporated them instead.  They were given new meanings as they became symbols used by a new faith.

I like to think of them as having been converted.

Yes, they were pagan, but they are Christian now.

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Christmas Lights

December 8, 2009

I enjoy the lights of Christmas.  One of our family traditions has been to take some time specifically to drive around looking at the light displays.  Some of the families really go all out with spectacular arrangements of various colors and designs.  It takes a lot of work, and a lot of money to put together those expressions of Christmas spirit.

When I see Christmas lights I can’t help but think that Christ has told us that we are the light of the world. (Math 5:14)   I wonder how much effort we put into letting our light shine?

“Let your light so shine before men, that they will see your good works and glorify your father who is in heaven.”  (Math 5;16)

Christmas Explosion

November 30, 2009

We are in a time of transition at my house.  It is that time of year when the fall decorations are taken down and the Christmas decorations go up.  This is a wonderful thing because I enjoy the Christmas season and Gloria does a fantastic  job of decorating the house. 

My primary contribution to this process is to bring the boxes up from the basement, filled with Christmas stuff, and then to return them to the basement, filled with the things that have been taken down, to make room for the Christmas decorations.  My other contributions are to put up the lights in the front porch,  put up the nativity scene outside, and help decorate the tree.

The problem is that this process takes a while, a few days, to a week, or more.  There are a lot of boxes and we are both busy people.  After the boxes are brought up, and until the process is complete. it looks like there has been a Christmas explosion at our house.  (I prefer this expression to the one Gloria sometimes uses, when she is not- so- happy with the process;  that Christmas threw up in our home… that just sounds nasty.)

Every year we talk about reducing the amount of stuff we put up.

Every year we add more.

I am hopeful that we will be able to send some things with our boys, who each now have their own places.  In fact, we delivered a small (very small) amount to them over the Thanksgiving weekend. 

The dust is starting to settle, the bulk of the boxes have been returned to the basement.  Thanksgiving is done, let the Christmas season begin!!