Well, we have just past what many call Thanksgiving, though I doubt any of them were giving thanks while they were so busy stuffing their faces and watching sports. Maybe if they went on a fast instead and spent the time giving thanks to God for all he did for them during the past year. Maybe if they took all of that food and gave it to the hungry and homeless folks. Little chance of seeing that happen
Now winter with its short days and long nights is closing in on us again. As we approach the winter solstice, a time when so many religions celebrated the death and rebirth of the sun, we also get ever closer to a celebration that at one time was thought to be Christian. It never was, but the Catholic church did try and give it a Christian meaning, if only they had kept out everything they borrowed from the world's false religions. As time goes on, it has ever less to do with anything Christian.
If there was a day to start a new year, it would be the winter solstice or spring equinox. Seems they chose the winter solstice, but started the year one week late, They were probably afraid of the solstice celebrations and the new year being at the same time. It doesn't matter too much, there is really nothing special about when a year starts. But for a long time, the new year has been used as a reason for big parties and getting drunk, two things we can do without. I am gathering some information on Christmas customs and traditions, so there will be some posts with them during the next month.
Maybe this rain season will bring a little more normal rain and snow for everyone across the country, we have had enough of drought in one area and excess in another. It is something for everyone to pray for. This country is also in great need of prayer and that is something that every Christian can be doing!
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