Christmas is an extremely important time of year!
The holiday season is an excuse to be happy, and be with your family
Time to shut everything down.
It is an excuse to stuff yourself. You diet all year round, so take this time to make yourself fat, and tired due to overeating and relaxing.
The holidays are an excuse to quiet yourself down
Contemplate the personal, emotional, physical, and religious ideals that make this time of the year great.
What is important to you? Are you happy or joyful with who you are and where you are in life? If you were to pass on right now, would you be happy with your life?
Christmas is a time to observe the amazing things people are doing
Watch the good will others are giving to each other. People show how much good can be done by the human race.
Listen for awesome stories about people giving to the less fortunate. Tell these stories to your children.
Theft / Burglary are rampant during this season, but this is how to protect yourself.
People are purchasing new items worth lots of money. They place all this stuff in one central place, with a flashing, multicolored beacon to show where it is. Home theft is a piece of cake during this time of year.
Because of this, you should do the following items to make your home less susceptible to burglary:
Always leave a light on in your home so you
This will deter most people from attempting a break-in.
Use an LED faux Television:
You can make it look like an insomniac is at home with an LED box that flashes in such a way, it looks like there is a TV on. A good one would be the FakeTV FTV-10 Burglar Deterrent.
Lock your car while shopping
This will reduce the chance that the unskilled thief will successfully break into your car and take your stuff.
Hide your purchases
Place all the items that you purchase in your trunk or in your hatchback with the roll out shade to cover what you have in your car. This doesn’t help with keeping people out, but it does reduce the amount of people that will see expensive gear, thus reducing temptation to break in.
Check your entrances
Lock all the doors of your home and cars. Use 2 inch screws on your strikeplates and locks to provide frame strength against “mule kicks.”
Check your garage security
Lock your garage and disable the manual pull. This can be used by thieves.
Lock your balcony doors
Lock your balcony doors and jam them. This is an easy entry point to the athletic.
Secure your Windows
Lock them. Place 3m sheets or clear tinting on your windows to strengthen and raise thermal efficiency.
Homeowners, Renters, Car Insurance
You are the best driver on the road, but everyone else sucks. Don’t get into an accident without insurance.
Fires and Theft are rampant, so have homeowners or renters insurance to cover your home and stuff.
Know what you have, so you know what is taken
Use the Allstate Digital Locker app to organize your personal property by room, category, by item. You can also photograph items and attribute a cost and quantity to each one.
The Biblical Story of Christmas
Luke Chapter 2: 8-14 (Authorized King James Version):
“‘8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.10And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.'”
Angels were huge and terrifying
Everyone was afraid when angels showed up. They were huge, awesome, and battle ready!
The Manger was Mangy
It was disgusting and bug infested with animal borne diseases all around.
What was the deal with the 3 wise men, who were they and when did they show up?
The wise men were considered the scientists of the age. They were known as wise and wealthy. They were not at Jesus’s birth. They were there after the fact.
Christ wasn’t born on December 25th, so why do we celebrate Christmas then?
The 3rd Century Non-Christian Roman Empire celebrated the rebirth of the Unconquered Sun (Natalis Solis Invicti) where they honored the sun god Mithras on December 25th because the return of longer days after the winter solstice.
Emperor Constantine, forcefully, at the point of a sword, made Christianity the official religion of the empire. In 336 AD, during his reign, Christmas was formally celebrated on December 25th in an attempt to weaken pagan celebrations.
Just so we are clear. Early Christians were NOT anti-pagan.
When was Crists’s birth really? It wasn’t December 25th!
Look at the story of John the Baptist for answers!
In the book of Luke we read that the father of John the Baptist was Zacharias, and he was a priest who served at the temple in Jerusalem. He was “of the course of Abia” (Luke 1:5). While serving at the temple, he was informed by an angel that his wife was to have a son, who was to be named “John.” After this, Zacharias finished “the days of his ministration,” and “departed to his own house” (v.23). “And after those days, his wife Elizabeth conceived…” (v. 24).
The course of Abia would have been the 8th of those mentioned in 1 Chronicles 24:1-19. It would have only happened twice a year. The particular course he was in was delayed by Pentecost by a week, so he ended up leaving the week after Pentecost to go home.
He would have gotten home and she would have conceived sometime in June. Add 9 months… John the Baptist was born in Mid-March before the Passover.
Jesus was conceived six months later after John (Luke 1:24-31). So he was conceived in December, making his birth the month of September.
This being said, Early Christians that were followers of “The Way” didn’t even celebrate the birth of Christ because it was considered a pagan tradition to celebrate birthdays.
Christmas is NOT an American Christian holiday.
It used to be banned! Protestant Reformers were against this Catholic Ritual They considered Catholicism just a little better than paganism.
It was flashy back then as well, so the Puritans despised it. Under Oliver Cromwell, it was even banned in England!
In New England, it was illegal to celebrate it for 25 years in the 1600s because the Puritans hated it flashiness!
The Historically Accurate Story of Santa Claus, aka Saint Nick
He lived in what is now modern-day Turkey in the 3rd or 4th century and was a devout Christian who served and helped poor people.
Saint Nicholas was actually Bishop Nicholas.
He had a friend that had 3 daughters that could not get married because they had no dowry money. He secretly threw 3 bags of gold into their living room, which some landed in socks that were drying by the fireplace.
Later the Bishop was declared a Saint by the Catholic church. I don’t know if this fact lines up with the timeline of the next part of the story.
St. Nicholas was an Archbishop during a violent Christian persecution
During this time, Christians were being imprisoned and tortured. It is likely that the Archbishop was also.
This was under the reign of Roman Emperor Diocletian and carried on by his successor, Galerius, for eight years.
Any leaders that endured all of this gained extreme admiration and respect from even pagans!
More about St. Nick
There are many stories of his faith, generosity, and even miracles. His death on December 6th, gave way to a new tradition… gift giving, which was actually done on New Year’s Day but Queen Victoria began giving gifts on Christmas Eve in the Mid-1800s.
Your idea of Santa Clause was generated by a poem and Coca-Cola
“A Visit from St. Nicholas” in the 1800s was the first attribution to the modern visual representation Santa Claus.
Coca-Cola in the early 1900s, expanded on this representation in advertising campaigns.