30 comments on “Visions of Christmas Past- Redux

  1. I agree with the simplicity of Christmas. The other day a parishioner came up to me and asked how to decorate the church. My reply was simplicity, her look was priceless! I explained that a few green garland and a few candles would be good. She then replied with, “What about a Christmas tree?”
    “Same thing, just a small tree we can plant in the spring, or use one of the potted ficus trees, with homemade ornaments from the children,” I replied.
    I smiled at this because I grew up with a “Charlie Brown” tree and gifts. (I still do!)
    Thank you for this look to the past.
    Many Blessings.

  2. I certainly identify with your reflections on wishing for a more human Christmas. I used to live in Toledo, OH, and we once toured the Rutherford B. Hayes house in Fremont at Christmas. It was decorated per the period; I’m sure you’d love it.

    But I’m going to possibly out-Scrooge you here. God made sure the Jews would remember when the Exodus happened as well as other things He wanted commemorated. Not so with Jesus birth.

    I once read that if Satan really wanted to mislead us, he’d bring us to our own traditions. Isn’t he likely having a laugh right now, having tricked us into celebrating Jesus birth and resurrection on the two highest pagan feasts, plus filling our celebrations with almost exclusively pagan symbolism?

    Despite our good intentions (think pavement), aren’t we acting very much like the Israelites who kept the temple in Jerusalem, but just couldn’t bring themselves to tear down the pagan high places and those alters? Those were SUCH good times, right?

    Believe me, I struggle with this as I have so many fond memories and feelings attached to Christmas, but maybe I need to let it go. After all, if this really is Satan’s work, started so innocently, isn’t the current holiday right up his alley, complete with people fighting and killing each other in stores with greed?

    I wish it wasn’t so, but if I let go of the feelings and look at the facts, plain and simple, well…

    • Jeffrey, I decided long ago that I mustn’t look at these things with logic, history and good sense, since when I do, it feels like my head will explode. Just a thought… 🙂

      • Maybe that feeling in your head is God trying to tell you it’s a pain that needs to be addressed? You write so many great bible discussions, why retreat from this one? If your head feels about to explode when you think on this, that’s something that needs attention – like having a spiritual aneurism. Don’t wait for it to let go.

    • Very true, but put this aside and enjoy your family and friends. It is no different than say Thanksgiving…sometimes look up the truth behind it. Many holidays and celebrations have a pagan theme. I, as a minister of the G-d, see it but I try to focus on those I am with and not the history.
      Many Blessing, Father Jeremia

  3. Loved the cards and video. Santa even brought the Christmas tree with him back then. 🙂

    My wife is part of a Victorian caroling group, who actually still sing Christmas songs in public! (In the dark of night, of course.) The people they sing for love it.

  4. I know people (Christians) who spew vitriol at other Christians who celebrate Christmas and Easter, pointing to their “pagan-roots” and claiming that God didn’t command us to celebrate those events, so we shouldn’t celebrate them. Some will go as far as to question whether we are “real” Christians since we celebrate Christmas and Easter.

    Yes, God did command the children of Israel to commemorate certain events, but those commands were given to a specific group of people, the physical children of Israel. Many of those who cut us down for celebrating Christmas and Easter also insist on keep the Jewish festivals AND the Jewish Sabbath, as well as other parts of the Torah.

    God didn’t give us a command to celebrate the birth of Christ. He didn’t have to, because He gave us a supreme-example of celebrating His Son’s birth. As God called the shepherds to worship the new-born King, we should likewise celebrate and worship the King.

    Yes, it would be nice if Christmas wasn’t so “commercial”, but it still calls people to pause and remember what happened over two-thousand years ago, the birth, into human-skin, of the King of kings and Lord of lords.



    • You’re quite right Steve, no doubt about it. I’s add that Christmas also gives us an opportunity to reach many people who would listen now, but at no other time of year… and we mustn’t lose that opportunity.

  5. My reading this morning on the first Christmas: the first Christmas “light up” ever was not created by electrical cables, glitter, and neon lights but by ” the glory of the Lord [ that] shone around” No tourists saw it, just a few simple shepherds out in their field. And it was followed by an unexpected rendition of “Glory to God in the Highest” by an angelic choir.

  6. Reblogged this on knitting with heart and commented:
    December is here and Christmas is near… hallelujah! 
So let’s crank the Christmas carols and get this festive month started, shall we?

    Today’s reblog is inspired by Don @ The Life Project—just one of the many, many WordPress blogs I love yet never read enough of :-/ Don’s thought provoking blog posts normally focus on insightful Bible study. In today’s post, he decks the victorian era halls with a glimpse back to when life seemed simpler, people connected without the internet and everyday heirloom gifts/decor were mostly handmade 🙂 Totally my kind of fun! Add to that a charming onscreen vision of Christmas past via G.A. Smith’s 1898 “Santa Clause” silent film and (although my yarny hands are holding knitting needles) you could even say I’m hooked! 😉

    Wishing a happy December to all, 
and to all a heartily wholesome night! ❤ Jackie

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  10. I agree that Christmas is what you make of it. Most of the good things from the past are still there for the choosing. God bless you and your family throughout the season and the new year.

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