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Warm Wishes

We celebrate Christmas at our ranch. It doesn’t matter what you are celebrating, we just hope that you and your family have a warm season of giving. We are proud to be Christians. Although I realize that celebrating the birth of Jesus at this time is not historically accurate. Jesus would have more than likely been born in the spring, when we celebrate Easter. Christmas as we know it is more of a mix of pagan holidays. Before you get yourself in a ruffle, let me explain…The church had to appease the pagans in some way, so the major holidays of the time were mixed together to create Christmas. Saturnalia, was a Roman holiday that was celebrated for 7 days. Gifts were given to family and friends. Candles were lit as a symbol to seek knowledge and truth. This is also a time of the Winter Solstice. Sol Invictus was celebrated on the 25th. The birthday of the unconquered sun was another holiday the Roman celebrated. Evergreen trees were brought inside, as well as garlands of evergreen. Candles were hung on the trees.  Just as we decorate our Christmas tree. As the early Christians layered the holidays so the pagans were more apt to accept Christianity.  I do understand the importance of such an undertaking. This knowledge has no impact on my belief in Jesus. These fact only make my faith stronger. I like the fact that Christianity is interwoven with historical beliefs. It only makes it that more interesting. The Winter and Spring solstice holidays were celebrated as far back as 4000 years beginning with the Mesopotamians.

Jesus born more than 2000 plus years. It would have been easy for him to utilize his anger against the Romans, but he spoke of love. His own people turned against him. He stayed strong! He was murdered, yet as he was dying he ask for forgiveness for those that killed him. Now, at the time of Jesus and shortly after there were many other religions and cults that were fighting to be THE religion. One of the main aspects that made Christianity so different was everyone was equal once they came together to celebrate the life of Jesus. Equality, although we think of this as a more modern concept, it was in existence for the Christians that celebrated in secret. It is almost a miracle in itself that we still worship someone born so long ago. He was a peaceful person, and a political activist. In the depth of his parables he utters love, peace, and understanding of one another. Wouldn’t that be nice?

“Jesus Papyrus” by Mathew D’ Ancona is very interesting as it finds eyewitness accounts of Jesus. The manuscripts were found in Oxford Univeristy, three scrapes found that were a bequest for Oxford. The gospel of Matthew chapter 26 were the parts that were found. The words that are found on the paper are thought to be real words that Jesus spoke. It would be a pretty great world if all of us could be a little more like Jesus. Even if a person is not Christian they can at least appreciate a man of such magnitude! Merry Christmas to you all!

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More New Developments

Soon we will have workers in the front yard working to getting the landscaping done. I am most looking forward to having my Italian Cypress trees, and the fountain. I would love to have some fish in the fountain, and some water lilies. I just need to find that perfect one for our place. IMG_3077

COLD

When it is cold here, it is even colder all over the rest of the country. We have had temps fall down to 11. The afternoons warm up to the 40’s and 50’s. Next week we may get up to the 80’s by Sunday. I know, it is not that bad, we are just not used to these cold temps. I really don’t mind so much, since there is sunshine that comes over the ridge first thing in the morning. I love being warmed by the sun. Right about six the sun goes down, and we have evenings like this…IMG_3169

Chickens

Yep! This Saturday we are getting our first chicken coop. The kids are super excited about the chickens, and I am too. The chicken coop has a glass floor. What? A glass floor? So, I am learning so much about country life…Why would you want a glass food? Well, it is easier to clean out the chicken coop. The one we purchased in big enough to walk into with no problems, and I don’t even have to walk inside to get the eggs. There is a latched box that holds the eggs. Yeah! I am so glad I don’t have to go into the coop and try to take the eggs away from the chickens. I am not sure if I am frightened about them flying around trying to peck me for the eggs or what it is. Well, it will all be unfolding soon. Once we get it all set up, I will post some photos.

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178 Days

Here we are at 178 days our family has been living in the country. To be more precise, living on the Central Coast. We just love it here. The kids love their schools, and are doing well in school. I have been managing all the property, and our little 42 acre plot is starting to take shape. We got rid of the fences, that did not fit what we are wanting to do with the land.

Now, we are at the planning stage of how each of the landscaping pieces are going to fit into the acreage. We are going to have bees, and chickens soon. Our chicken coop should arrive in a few days, and then we will order our chickens. Yes, I am still a little fearful of big hens, and any feathered creature flying around my head. My hope is that since I will know these creatures when they are young I will get over my Ornithophobia.

Now, since we finally growing I am going to be posting more about the ranch on “Terreni D’ Oro”, and more of my personal delights in life are going to be on my http://contessagrigia.com

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