Happy Holidays to you and hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
Remember to spend quality time with family and friends, and that GIVING is better than receiving. 😉
May 2014 be a safe, healthy, prosperous and happy year for you all!!
Christ Born in a Stable
Christ born in a stable is born in me
Christ accepted by shepherds accepts me
Christ receiving the wise men receives me
Christ revealed to the nations be revealed in me
Christ dwelling in Nazareth You dwell in me
Christ, grant that people may look at me
and see Your Presence. Amen
Family Christmas Prayer
I think about my family, my relatives, the neighbors, people with whom we will spend this day. Dear Jesus, as I look at their faces and remember their stories, there are feelings of gratitude and some fear and anxiety. Thank you for these loved ones and please forgive me for the ways I have been less than accepting and loving. Please heal the wounds, division and conflicts that stand between us and help me to remember how dearly you love them. I only want to remember that you have come to save us all.
The Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree probably originated from popular early medieval religious plays, “the Paradise Plays,” performed in churches and town squares of Europe during the Advent season. The plays told the story of the human race from the creation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Paradise till the Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. On stage during the play was a great tree hung with apples, symbolizing the Garden of Paradise. Soon people began the custom of putting a “paradise tree” laden with gifts and lighted with candles in their homes during the Christmas season to celebrate paradise regained through the coming of Christ.
Representing many things–the original tree of paradise, the life-giving tree of Christ’s cross, the tree John the Apostle saw in the Book of Revelations, “a tree of life, which yields twelve crops of fruit, one for each month of the year…for the healing of the nations”–our Christmas tree is rich in Christian symbolism.
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
Happy Holidays To You and Much More to Come Here on the Blog for 2014!!!! 🙂