December 25, 2005 journal, The upside-down
Christmas tree is the same as tree of life,
on CBS Sunday Morning-a Christmas tree upside-down reminds me of the image of
the tree of life as shown in the Mason's Book of Images with its roots in
am glad they make a distinction between their Masonic idolatry religion and
is not the day Christ was born.
Christmas like Easter comes from paganism.
“FRA Angelico was a 15th century friar and
master painter whose images of Christ the Redeemer, of humble saints &
angels in adoration are some of the most heavenly images here on earth. Now a
select number of his works are on view for the very first time at the New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art. This Sunday
morning Rita Braver introduces us to a painter for all seasons especially”.
(TV) For more information see <metmuseum.org>
is no need for Christ to come because Santa is already here and the people are
very well pleased. Santa can do anything
'make belief' what Christ can do for real and most all churches endorse Santa
Claus as a substitute for 'Yesu' Christ the Messiah at Christmas.
Sunday Morning shows the history of Santa’s roots "A familiar figure,
especially at this time of year. We see
him in advertisements, movies, and on TV shows. Sometimes we even see him in person. But where Santa come from? Cbs News Rust Mitchell
looked into it, for CBS Sunday Morning. The man America knows as Santa goes by many
names, He visits countless places, traveling in mysterious ways. He's a man of a Thousand faces. In Germany, he’s "Crist
Kringle”. In France, he goes by "Pere Noal". Russians call him "Father Frost". And as of Sunday morning, Santa’s not only
finished a trip around the world, he’s completed a voyage 1700 years in the
making. He started around 288 AD, when a
boy was born in the town of Patara, part of modern-day Turkey. Orphaned as a child he devoted his life to
charity and became a bishop in the early Christian church”. (They mean Catholic Church) history shows him
as St. Nicholas. “Over the centuries,
Nicholas story inspired gift-giving traditions all across Europe, and it's from the-Dutch pronunciation
of his name, "Sinter Klaw-us”, that our "Santa Clause" is
derived. But the Santa mysteries don't stop there. "One of the questions people
always have for Santa Claus", says Fort Worth, Texas journalist Jeff Quinn,
"is, how can he deliver presents all over the world in one night? And the
answer is: He doesn't" In his “The
Autobiography of Santa Claus," Guinn provides the answer to some timeless
Claus related questions. "In some
places have", Guinn explains, "St. Nick brings gifts on Dec. 6 which
is St. Nicholas day in the Catholic Church.
In others, he brings gifts on Epiphany January 6th because legend has it
that’s the day the wise men came their gifts to the baby Jesus. And when you
hear people talk about the 12 days of Christmas, they're talking about those
days from December 25th Christmas Day, through January 6th Epiphany. But just how was a Turk-ish born saint
transformed into a famous symbol of Christmas? Historians say, is thanks to his
American makeover. "This guy is an
elf in the sense that elves are people who were responsible for a lot of
mischief" notes New York Historical Society's Cathleen Hulser, whose
traced Santa Claus rise to fame in America. She points out that, "Washington Irvin
wrote a book in 1809 in which he had a wonderful jolly character who smokes a
long pipe, that comes from the Dutch-tradition". Mitchell says Irving’s writings inspired the
poem. "Twas the night before Christmas". And a few years later, illustrator
Thomas Nast, creator of the iconic "Uncle Sam" character, came up
with the vision of Santa we know today.
As was happening to many of us, Santa’s waistline has grown with each
successive year, so is his bag of toys. To
Santa fanatics like Jeff Guinn, the story of Santa is ever expanding”.