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Below The Technical Curve

On Christmas Day, my granddaughter, who is turning 16 tomorrow (28th) and a 20 year old young woman at the gathering at my daughter’s house told me that “nobody uses Facebook anymore“. In their words,”Facebook is so lame now“.

Simply, I want to ask all those who do not use Facebook to raise your hands.

Hmmmmm… That’s what I thought.

Merry Christmas!

So here on December 26, 2013, let me either be the first or the last to wish everyone a merry Christmas!

Think about what many of us are celebrating at Christmas time… Why can’t we celebrate that all year long?

The following is an article I wrote several years ago titled:

 Do Not Open Until December 26th

Historically, Jesus’ birth was likely not on December 25th. That date was set as the celebration a long time ago, and established in the church calendar to coincide with the pagan celebration of Winter Solstice. At the time, church leaders were seeking ways to include followers of other faiths in the Christian celebrations. For this reason, some Christians have stopped celebrating Christmas. Historians estimate the blessed event to have happened some time in October.

There are several historical and biblical discrepancies in traditions of the season. For example, the Bible does not specify how many Magi there were; however, it does say that they found Mary and the young child about two years later “in the house”. But the tradition makes a beautiful nativity scene. But really… does it matter when we celebrate the birth of our Savior? Shouldn’t we celebrate Emanuel all the time? The miracle of God becoming one of us should affect every day of our lives. Choosing to celebrate on December 25th does not make us pagans. Regardless of the non-Christian origins of many of the season’s traditions, observing them does not invalidate our celebration.

God has used pagan nations and practices to show His glory and fulfill His will. For example, the ancient Roman Empire built superior roads connecting the entire empire (which included most of the civilized world at that time). When the Romans began persecuting the Christians, it caused them to scatter. The road system made travel easier, and theses believers took the gospel with them wherever they went. God had used the Roman empire to spread His good news.

As the season approaches and passes, we must resist the world’s attempts to take Christ out of Christmas. Commercialism breeds despair, particularly in our economy. Giving gifts is a wonderful thing, especially joyful when we give in remembrance of the gift we received from our heavenly Father in Jesus. Glorify God in all we do in all seasons. Celebrate Emanuel (God With Us) every day. Be a beacon of joy this Christmas. Do not wish anyone a “happy holidays” or “merry X-mas”. Respond with love: Peace on earth, and goodwill to all”.

When I Say Merry Christmas

When I say “Merry Christmas“, and I do that a lot, I am not pushing my religious belief that its the time of celebrating the birth of Jesus, God With Us, although I do believe and celebrate that personally.

When I say “Merry Christmas“, I am wishing you a joyous and peaceful time. What an offense!

When I say “Merry Christmas“, some may be offended because they don’t celebrate the birth of the Saviour for all humanity, like I do. Their religious beliefs may be different, and they may celebrate a different holiday in this season. Some do not celebrate any holidays, not even their own birthdays.

And then there are many who celebrate Christmas for a different reason… a time of family and gift-giving, and much merry-making.

There is a reason Christmas is a national holiday, and not the other versions of holy days at this time of the year. It is celebrated in one form or another by the vast majority of the world, let alone the USA.

When I say “Merry Christmas“, why would that well-wishing greeting offend anyone? Some say the politically correct way anymore is to say: “Happy Holidays”. But wouldn’t that offend those who do not celebrate holidays, whether this season nor any other? I should certainly say so!

I do not wish to offend anyone, but I do wish ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Something Wintery

In Northeast Ohio, we have the distinction of having the two most accurate weather predictors. Forget about your Farmer’s Almanac, and the large rodent’s shadow in February.

We have Dick Goddard, who has been the Optimus Prime of weather men for about one hundred and seventeen years (just kidding… Mr. Goddard isn’t a day over a hundred and five!). And we have the Woolly Bear Catepillar. Yes, we look to a worm to foretell the coming winter. So enamored are we with the fuzzy worm, in October each year, the city of Vermillion, Ohio hosts The Annual Woolly Bear Festival. The Festival’s honorary Master of Ceremonies is of course the same for the last one hundred years, Dick Goddard.

Vermillion is a long drive for me, so I’ve never been there. I certainly hope the festival fare does not include deep-fried Woolly Bears.

So allegedly, the worm’s body is divided into three sections, two black on the ends and one brown in the middle. These are not usually the same sizes. If the front black segment is larger than the rear, that means the beginning of the winter will be the most fierce. Likewise, the rear segment being the longest would indicate the worst part of the winter will be the latter part. And if the brown segment has green flecks… Actually I have no idea what that would mean. I just made that up.

A few years ago, I saw a Woolly Bear caterpillar whose entire body was black. Unsure of what that really meant, I bought a snow shovel and a life-sustaining supply of rubber bands; because, after all, you never know when you’re going to need a rubber band, and you don’t have one. Then where would you be? But I digress.

About three weeks ago, there were two Woolly Bears on my back porch. I think they were a couple because they stayed close to each other. Maybe they were not a traditional couple in a traditional sort of way. I didn’t ask and they didn’t say.

Anyway, the front segment on both of them was the larger of the two black segments. This suggested (in case you missed the beginning of this post) that the beginning of this winter would be the strongest.

But all of a sudden, they both apparently thought I was getting too close to them, and maybe I had body odor, but they started crawling away at a blazing rate of perhaps three inches per hour. Perhaps I’m exaggerating.

The problem was that the segments I thought were their fronts were apparently the rear. So, either they can and will crawl backwards to mess with us, or…
what was I saying?