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Speaking of not quite right: The tree is too big and that snowman is sort of creepy

People love to make the case that Christmas is a pagan holiday that Christians adopted and Christianized. The primary piece of evidence is that the date is December 25 (a day that falls right in the middle of the Winter Solstice celebrations so important to paganism). ¬†Others point out that Christ’s actual birthday is either unknown or probably in the spring.

While I have responded to this objections here, I just read this interesting article making the case that late December might just be a good date after all. Here is the part I found convincing:

“In the first chapter of Luke, we read that the angel Gabriel told Zechariah that his wife Elizabeth would conceive John the Baptist while Zechariah was performing his priestly duties on the Day of Atonement, also known as Yom Kippur. That feast always falls in either late September or early October.

Luke also tells us that, after Gabriel announced to Mary that she would conceive Jesus, she went in haste to visit Elizabeth, and that Elizabeth was in the sixth month of her pregnancy. If Elizabeth conceived in late September, and Mary visited her in her sixth month, that means Mary conceived Jesus and visited Elizabeth in late March. If Mary conceived Jesus in late March, that places his birth in late December.”

In the end there is nothing that requires us to know the exact date. There is nothing wrong with picking a day and celebrating his birth then. But I found this interesting.

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December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas

December 9, 2010

Happy Easter

April 4, 2010

I just got home from my parents with the family. It was very fun. Easter egg hunt. Too much food. Too much pie.

No wine though. My parents are sort of¬†teetotalers. I am enjoying a glass right now…..

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed.

Easter is a Celebration

April 3, 2010

Ahhh, merlot...and not from the box tomorrow

Tomorrow morning, let’s celebrate. Some people wonder why we coopted the pagan practice of eggs and bunnies to celebrate Christ rising from the dead. Isn’t that wrong? No, its not. Pagans were not using them right. We are. Eggs, bunnies, spring, all are God’s annual reminder of the ressurection. The trees were dead. Now they are alive again. The skies were desolate….now they chirp with life. All of creation celebrates with us.

Lent is over. The long fast is about to be broken. We waited for Christ……now he is here. Celebrate. Feast. Rejoice with Family. And remember that our God is a God of the abundant life.