December 25, 2005 journal, The upside-down Christmas tree is the same as tree of life,

shown 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 Freemasonry.

I am glad they make a distinction between their Masonic idolatry religion and Christianity.

Christmas 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>

There 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.

CBS 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”.