(Be sure to read the Christmas Quiz and the fat loss tips at the bottom)
The Fiscal Cliff required Mary and Joseph to register in Bethlehem. Bread, circuses and foreign wars had Rome facing a fiscal cliff so “it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.” Luke 2:1. (Talk about history repeating itself.)
Christmas shopping pre-dated Christmas. – Ancient Romans celebrated Saturnalia by exchanging gifts of fruit, dolls, candles and coins. They had the same gift buying frenzy that we do and a Greek sage named Libanius commented, “The impulse to spend seizes everyone.”
Christmas became official in the fourth century when the church decided Christians needed a December holiday to rival solstice celebrations and selected Dec. 25 for the Feast of the Nativity.
Nativity scenes appeared In 1223 when Saint Francis of Assisi was the first to use a manger scene to teach the story of Jesus.
Decorating Trees began in Medieval times. The 7 days of Creation and the fall of Adam and Eve were performed as a Paradise Play on December 24th each year. Since it was winter, stored fruit as well as paper flowers were hung on evergreen trees to represent the Garden of Eden.
Christmas Ads in newspapers first appeared in 1820 and by 1867, Macy’s New York department store in New York was staying open until midnight on Christmas Eve.
Congress made Christmas a federal holiday in 1870.
How many times have you heard “The Chipmunk Song”? In 1958, Ross Bagdasarian, (a.k.a. David Seville) sang it in a high-pitched chipmunk voice. The singing credits are given to The three fictitious Chipmunks Simon, Theodore and Alvin. It won three Grammy Awards for best Christmas song, which leads us right into …… “Allright you chipmonks!” …It’s time for the
True or False Christmas Quiz
1. The wise men were three kings from the orient.
2. Jesus was born in a stable.
3. Christmas trees were originally hung upside down.
4. “Xmas” is not an anti-religious spelling for “Christmas”.
5. The little drummer boy came to the manger along with the shepherds.
6. Jesus’ ancestors include a hooker, an adulterer, people who committed incest, and two
7. The angel Gabriel appeared to both Mary and Joseph.
8. Mary rode a donkey from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
9. Both Joseph and Mary picked the name “Jesus.”
10. The wise men found “The Baby” lying in a manger in Bethlehem.
11. Jesus was born 2012 years ago.
1. False, There’s no record of how many there were. They weren’t kings but Magoi (scholars) from Babylon, then part of Persia. They also probably had a cavalry escort of a few hundred soldiers. (They may have been Israelites remaining from the Babylonian Captivity).
2. Not Sure, Jesus may have been born in a typical two story house of relatives. Since Mary was ready to deliver, she and Joseph may have stayed in the more private bottom floor (like a garage or basement). Until modern times, some farm animals were kept in areas inside houses, hence the manger or food trough.
3. True, In 1000 A.D., Boniface was teaching the Germans about Christianity and he chopped down an oak tree, dedicated to the god Thor. A fir tree grew up in its Place and Boniface used its triangular shape to representing the Trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. German converts began to revere the evergreen as God’s tree and hung them upside downduring the feast of the Nativity.
4. True, It may be used that way now but originally The “X” actually represented the Greek letter pronounced “Chi”, and spelled “X”, the first initial of the title Christ in Greek , Xplotou.
5. False, There is no mention of a drummer boy in the Bible.
6. True, Rahab was a prostitute. David & Bathsheba were adulterers. Tamar & Judah committed incest. Rahab was a Canaanite & Ruth was from Moab. (Notice that none of His ancestors were politicians.)
7. False, Gabriel appeared to Mary but we don’t know the name of the angel who appeared to Joseph. It might have been the angel Harold. You know, as in “Hark the Harold Angel Sings.”
8. False, No donkey is mentioned in the Biblical account. Mary may have walked.
9. False, In Judaism, babies were always named by their father, but in this case, Gabriel told Mary to name Him Joshua (which means Yahweh saves). Jesus is Joshua in Greek.
10. False, The wise men arrive a few months after Jesus is born. He is called a child, rather than a baby (Matthew 2:11).
11- False, Tertullian notes that Jesus was born 28 years after the death of Cleopatra who died in 30 BC, and Irenaeus, notes that the Lord was born in the 41st year of the reign of Augustus who began his reign in the autumn of 43 BC. Some other authorities go as early as 6 BC.
Some Biblical researchers believe Mary conceived late December on Hanukkah the Feast of Dedication. Assuming a normal pregnancy of 285 days means Jesus would have been born on the 15 th of the Jewish month of Tishri, September 29 and the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles. John 1:14 reads “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt (or tabernacled) among us.” In Hebrew, succah means dwelt and the Feast of Tabernacles is Sukkot.
I’ll bet you didn’t know all that about Christmas. Now, here are some things you may not know about how to lose your excess bodyfat in the new year.
1. You begin to store body fat when you’re short on water, because your liver is too busy filtering your body fluids to metabolize the fat so, drink lots of water.
2. Wanna lose weight? Then don’t go on a diet. Going on a crash diet can slow your metabolism by 30% in just 72 hours.
3. Ladies, not drinking enough water will slow your lymphatic system and contribute to cellulite buildup.
4. You wanna lose fat, eat more fiber and protein throughout the day. The easy way to do this is with a fiber protein shake between meals.
People are eating less and getting fatter. Read my book and find out how YOU can reverse that. Stan Mysliwiec