Updated: Dec 26, 2019
Merry Christmas from Great Family Management Consulting. May this following year bring each of you peace and prosperity.
As you know Christmas was established as a designated day for people to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and actually means the “Mass of Christ” or “Christ’s Mass”, but did you know:
- No one knows the day Jesus Christ was born. Scholars have speculated that Jesus was actually born sometime in September in the town of Bethlehem.
- Jesus is mentioned in non-Christian texts in addition to the Bible. Josephus and Tacitus were historians that both mention Jesus in their writings. To learn more, check out books 18 and 20 in the Antiquates of the Jews written by Josephus and/or the Annals written by Tacitus
- The first historical reference of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was from a Philocalian Calendar, which is a Roman document from 336AD
- Christmas was first celebrated in Alabama in 1836! That’s even before KFC you-all. In 1907 Oklahoma opted into the celebration, which was finally turned into a national holiday on June 26th, 1870
- In 1647 the Puritans objected to the celebration of Christmas. The Puritan government cancelled Christmas. Stores were ordered to stay open and churches were to remain closed on Christmas. Can you imagine such a government?
- You can thank Martin Luther for your seasonally high electric bill. Decorating trees with lights is accredited to Mr. Luther who decorated his own tree with candles to recreate a scene from own of his strolls through the woods for his family. Martin Luther lived from 1483AD to 1546AD
- This is an easy one, but a manger was actually a food trough for animals
In closing, today would be a great day to accept the best gift of all, eternal life. Jesus has offered us all the free gift of eternal life regardless of who you are or what you've done. Don't let another Christmas go by without accepting this gift. Romans 6:23, " For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Thank you again for your business and support throughout 2019. I’m looking forward to another blessed year.
“God bless us, every one!”, Tiny Tim
Bryan C. Smith Owner/Operator Great Family Management Consulting