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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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