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Summary: What if there were no Christmas?

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LUKE 2:1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “ Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

This is the Christmas story as reported on by Luke. A story that is under attack today in America and all around the world. Good will toward men? Peace on earth? What happened? Separation of church and state! Atheist sign beside the nativity scene in WA. capitol. A Christian employee in Panama City FL was fired because she refused to greet the customers with "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas". Last yr a school in the Midwest was sued because they put up Christmas decorations and failed to include the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. They had to put up a special decoration for Ramadan. At the airport in Seattle, a Christmas tree was displayed. They were sued by a man who won the right to display a menorah for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

In 1967, a new holiday was created to be celebrated at Christmas time...Kwanzaa. It was created by a man named Ron Everett, who later changed his name to Dr. Karenga and began practicing African traditions for black Americans here in the U.S. The situation in the capitol building at WA got so crazy with people wanting to do away with Christmas that a group wanted to put up a sign celebrating "Festivus" which was a made up holiday from the old Seinfeld show. Atheists want to totally do away with Christmas as a national holiday...and I think it is a poor reflection on this once great "Christian" nation.

I don’t mind people celebrating whatever they want to celebrate...it is the elimination of Christmas that irks me. With all the hoopla going around this year, I wanted to take a look at what life would be like without Christmas. What would your life be like without Christmas?


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