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Speculation as to the time of Jesus’ birth dates back to the 3rd century, when Hyppolytus (ca. 170-236) claimed that Jesus was born on December 25. The earliest mention of some sort of observance on that date is in the Philoclian Calendar, representing Roman practice, of the year 336. Later, John Chrysostom favored the same date of birth. Cyril of Jerusalem (348-386) had access to the original Roman birth census, which also documented that Jesus was born on the 25th of December. The date eventually became the officially recognized date for Christmas in part because it coincided with the pagan festivals celebrating Saturnalia and the winter solstice. The church thereby offered people a Christian alternative to the pagan festivities and eventually reinterpreted many of their symbols and actions in ways acceptable to Christian faith and practice.

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            As I climbed up on the roof this weekend to take down the Christmas lights, I sat up there for a minute and looked around my suburban neighborhood. My across the street neighbor, Jason, was taking down his light up deer and lights as well. There were remnants of lights and decorations all over the adjacent streets. I thought about all the light up deer, inflatable Mickey Mouse Santas, the presents, the wood cut outs of 101 Dalmatians, and of course all the lights. That got me thinking about the commercial politically correct “holidays” and plain old Christian Christmas.

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Welcome Back!

christmas-tree-house.jpgI hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year holiday!

Mine was great and filled with more love than I knew was out there. Beyond Faith will be starting back up today so stay tuned….one day I will learn to write ahead of schedule but till then… 🙂

 PS: Have you ever done a seearch for Christmas images on the net? Could not find one that had Christ in Christmas…

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