Finishing up my Christmas post with a few more things I wanted to share :D

There were some more things I wanted to research and share with you guys, but some things happened and got in the way. So now I’m going to give some short accounts of some different things. I thought about saving it for next year,but I really wanted to share the thing I heard about the wreath.

I heard it in that movie I mentioned in my last post. They said that the wreath – a circle with no beginning nor end- was to represent GOD who is Alpha and Omega, The beginning and The End who has no beginning nor end.

Of course it’s green for the same reasons as mentioned before.

 

In ancient Rome, people used decorative wreaths as a sign of victory. Some believe that this isChristmas wreath where the hanging of wreaths on doors came from.

The origins of the Advent wreath are found in the folk practices of the pre-Christian Germanic people who, during the cold December darkness of Eastern Europe, gathered wreaths of evergreen and lighted fires as signs of hope in a coming spring and renewed light. Christians kept these popular traditions alive, and by the 16th century Catholics and Protestants throughout Germany used these symbols to celebrate their Advent hope in Christ, the everlasting Light. From Germany the use of the Advent wreath spread to other parts of the Christian world. Traditionally, the wreath is made of four candles in a circle of evergreens with a fifth candle in the middle. Three candles are violet and the fourth is rose, but four white candles or four violet candles can also be used. Each day at home, the candles are lighted, perhaps before the evening meal– one candle the first week, and then another each succeeding week until December 25th. A short prayer may accompany the lighting of each candle. The last candle is the middle candle. The lighting of this candle takes place on Christmas Eve. It represents Jesus Christ being born.

Even these evergreens have a traditional meaning which can be adapted to our faith: The laurel signifies victory over persecution and suffering; pine, holly, and yew, immortality; and cedar, strength and healing. Holly also has a special Christian symbolism: The prickly leaves remind us of the crown of thorns, and one English legend tells of how the cross was made of holly. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life found in Christ. Any pine cones, nuts, or seed pods used to decorate the wreath also symbolize life and resurrection. All together, the wreath of evergreens depicts the immortality of our soul and the new, everlasting life promised to us through Christ, the eternal Word of the Father, who entered our world becoming true man and who was victorious over sin and death through His own passion, death, and resurrection.

 

Well There we go! That was fast!!! First page I pulled up. Good Deal:D
There’s more out there on it so go look it up. I am I just wanted to share that. There’s even prayers that go with lighting the candles.

Now for those who do not know the true meaning of Xmas. Or at least that you can try to take GOD out, but it’s not going to happen!!!!

Xmas is an abbreviation for Christmas. It is derived from the word ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ, transliterated as Christos, which is Greek for Christ. Greek is the language in which the whole New Testament was written.

Originally, Xmas was an abbreviation where the X represents the Greek letter chi, which is the first letter of Christ’s name. However, because of the modern interpretations of the letter X, many people are unaware of this and assume that this abbreviation is meant to drop Christ from Christmas.

Now I came across this interesting legend of the poinsettia and I wanted to share it.It’s very Beautiful! I’m not going to research anything about it, at least not today.

A favorite Christmas flower in the United States is the poinsettia, with its beautiful, red, star-shape. It is

 

 called the “Flame Leaf” in Central America or “Flower of the Holy Night” and was brought here over a hundred years ago by Dr. Joel Poinsettia, our first ambassador to Mexico. Most of the poinsettia used now come from California.

The legend of the poinsettia comes from Mexico. It tells of a girl named Maria and her little brother Pablo. They were very poor but always looked forward to the Christmas festival. Each year a large manger scene was set up in the village church, and the days before Christmas were filled with parades and parties. The two children loved Christmas but were always saddened because they had no money to buy presents. They especially wished that they could give something to the church for the Baby Jesus. But they had nothing.

One Christmas Eve, Maria and Pablo set out for church to attend the service. On their way they picked some weeds growing along the roadside and decided to take them as their gift to the Baby Jesus in the manger scene. Of course other children teased them when they arrived with their gift, but they said nothing for they knew they had given what they could. Maria and Pablo began placing the green plants around the manger and miraculously, the green top leaves turned into bright red petals, and soon the manger was surrounded by beautiful star-like flowers and so we see them today.

These are just a few of the things I wanted to share. Maybe next year I’ll go into depth about them and research some new stuff. I plan to figure all these things out in my life though. I will also be looking into Hanukkah.

I may also fill us in on some of the other holidays we celebrate as we approach them.

Hope you had a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
A wonderful JESUS day!
And what ever the other greetings are for the other celebrations!
:D HA HA

 

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