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Sunday, December 24, 2006

¡Feliz Navidad!

I like this picture because it portrays the scene in a cave, which many believe to be accurate. In fact, the actual cave in question is located within the present-day Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Luke 2:1-12 (KJV)
"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger'."

He was, of course, the greatest Christmas present ever.

As for the proper date of the birth of Christ, not everyone agrees, even now.
(It probably wasn't in Winter, though)

It was not until A.D. 350, that December 25 was declared the official date for celebrating Christmas by Pope Julius I.

It wasn't made a Federal Holiday in the U.S. until 1870, when it was added as one by President Ulysses S. Grant.

I saw The Nativity Story on Friday; catch it if you get the chance...it has the camojack seal of approval.
(Highly recommended!)

Here's an official movie poster:


For other entertainment, Christmas lyrics HERE.

And "White Christmas" may be a secular song, but I absolutely love The Drifters’ version.
(As presented in the linked cartoon, especially)

Speakin' of secular tunes:
Mele Kalikimaka!!!

13 Comments:

Blogger mig said...

Merry Christmas Camojack!
It is a beautiful time of year.

December 24, 2006 5:50 AM  
Blogger benning said...

Merry Christmas, indeed!

That was the best Christmas gift possible, Camo. The one that's kept on giving for centuries!

December 24, 2006 7:30 AM  
Blogger MargeinMI said...

Merry Christmas, Jack!

Thanks for the movie review, I just may take the boy next week.

December 24, 2006 7:40 AM  
Blogger JR said...

Merry Ho! Ho! and a Mele Kalikimaka!!!

December 24, 2006 8:57 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

mig:
It is a beautiful time of year, because of Christmas.

benning:
Absolutely, the best Christmas gift possible...now and always.

MargeinMI:
I thought the movie was great.

JR:
Mele Kalikimaka to you, too...

December 24, 2006 5:06 PM  
Blogger Kajun said...

One week ago tonight, we were Christmas Caroled by a gaggle of kids; here at the Plantation. It was the first time we have ever been caroled...we enjoyed it!

December 24, 2006 5:40 PM  
Blogger Beerme said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours, camojack!

December 25, 2006 9:33 AM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Merry Christmas to all!

December 25, 2006 7:25 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Kajun:
It's been a few years since I went Christmas Caroling; I've only done it a couple of times.
(Perhaps another reason to celebrate?)

Beerme:
Thanks...and right back at you!

Hawkeye®:
See above...

December 25, 2006 8:17 PM  
Blogger darth_meister said...

First time I ever spent Christmas driving 14 hours on the road. Had a wonderful time in Cozumel and Costa Maya. In Cozumel it was close to 80 degrees and it was interesting watching the locals put on their public square Christmas Pageant while experiencing virtually tropical weather. Must be weird "down under" in places like Australia to be celebrating Christmas while in a swimming suit.

December 26, 2006 2:36 PM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

I'm glad you put the passage from Luke up, camo. I always like to see that at Christmas. Hope you had a Merry Christmas.

December 27, 2006 5:55 AM  
Blogger KJ said...

Merry Christmas Camojack. I read that passage (and a few other relevant ones from Matthew) every Christmas eve just before bed time (of course, we just heard them at the 5pm service we went to, but alas my little one is paying attention to the talking parts yet, unless someone is dressed in constume). It is what we are celebrating. Take care.

December 27, 2006 9:08 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

darth_meister:
I drove 17 hours the day after Christmas; I've got the week off, so I'm away visiting. Had a great time in the Yucatan about a month ago, myself. I used to celebrate Christmas in Hawaii, but now that'll be later in the Winter...although I liked it just fine.

Cassandra:
I think the passage sums up the essence of Christmas perfectly.

KJ:
They read that passage at my church's Christmas eve services too, but I went to the one at 9:30 PM. It was a candlelight service, which is my favorite...

December 27, 2006 8:39 PM  

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