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Now begins the Christmas wars that seem to gain momentum with each passing year.

The powers that be on Earth want to eliminate Christ from even being spoken about or written. They want everyone to say "happy holidays" or, really, nothing at all. These are the holidays, that is true, but did they ever stop to think holidays mean "holy days"? Maybe that will be eliminated from our vocabulary as soon as they figure that one out.

Christmas trees are a symbol of a bright, shinning light that came into being one cold winters night in a little town called Bethlehem. That light was the Christ, the Savior of mankind; His name is Jesus.

The tree's star represents the coming of the Messiah. The bright beautiful lights represent joy, love, warmth and the knowledge that we have a Savior who has been born into this world to live and die and rise again so those who accept Him as Lord will be given the gift of eternal life. The tree represents the tree that grew to maturity, beautiful to behold, then cut down and made into a cross to crucify the slain Christ.

So stand up, Christians. Shout it loud: Merry Christmas! We are happy and joyful that Christ was born for us as the greatest gift mankind has ever received. Put the stars and lights on your trees and proudly proclaim for all to listen: Merry Christmas. Even if you don't have anything to put under the tree, it is still a time to celebrate the love of our Christ for all mankind.

To everyone, Merry Christmas. May God bless and keep each and everyone now and in the coming year.

Barbara A. Mohler, Beech Island, S.C.

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shivas
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shivas 12/10/07 - 07:59 am
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Christ wasn't born on

Christ wasn't born on December 25, so why do we say this is christmas? I am getting a new 4-wheeler this year.

deekster
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deekster 12/10/07 - 09:27 am
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Jesus Christ is the only

Jesus Christ is the only answer for the sickness inside mankind. Glory and Honor and Praise be to HIM. And laughter at the impotent government of ungodly men who cannot bring peace anywhere, cannot produce rain from the sky, cannot set any course of action that elevates mankind. The more we learn the more we become animals and beast preying on each other. GOD HELP US!!!

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 12/10/07 - 09:52 am
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To celebrate Christmas but

To celebrate Christmas but not believe in the reason it is celebrated is the biggest hypocrisy ever. If you do not believe in Christmas (or the reason behind it) fine, just don't celebrate it. FYI: Santa Clause is short for Saint Nicholas, who was a Bishop of Turkey back in the 500's. He was known to give generously to the poor, to leave gifts in people's houses through open windows. Why does Sta Clause dress in red? Because Bishops wear red. So even the dear old St Nick has a Christian meaning. Shivas: Getting gifts for Christmas is not a bad thing, after all Jesus got gifts from the three Kings. To give a gift if to show a person how you appreciate that person. It is the intention, not the gift that matters. Have a Merry Christmas.

anotherlook
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anotherlook 12/10/07 - 10:24 am
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No, Shivas, we cannot

No, Shivas, we cannot historically substantiate that Jesus Christ was born on December 25th. That is the day that was chosen by the Europeans who came to the shores of this country. Not everyone observant of the birth of Jesus Christ celebrates it on December 25th. For instance, the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates Christmas on January 6th and the Eastern Orthodox Church observes Christmas on January 7th according to the Julian Calendar. On whatever day we choose to celebrate Christmas, I do feel that it is appropriate to set a particular day aside to honor and observe "the greatest gift makind has ever received." Moreover, it is a common practice in the USA to set aside a particular day for holiday observances. Easter, Thanksgiving, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Labor Day et al., dates change upon the calendar but we still want to set aside this special time. And to respond to your second question, Christmas was primarily observed as a religious Holy day before it was called a holiday. Hence Christmas is understood to be a contraction of Christ's Mass from the Old English language. More importantly, our real task is to make sure that our Holiday remains at its heart a Holy day.

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grouse 12/10/07 - 11:09 am
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The only Christmas wars exist
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The only Christmas wars exist in the letter writer's and Bill O'Reilly's heads. The tree was a pagan symbol long before Christ. The rest is nonsense.

3M3T1B
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3M3T1B 12/10/07 - 11:10 am
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And what do the fireworks

And what do the fireworks represent? You know, from the tree lighting downtown this past weekend. And further, why do so many people turn into Consumers for Christ during this time of year?

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 12/10/07 - 11:52 am
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Christmas wars have been

Christmas wars have been waged for nearly about 2000 years now. It's the war against Jesus Christ. History records that he was brutally murdered because of what he did and taught. His followers have often received similar treatment either physically, verbally, or electronically (as here). But, this is no surprise. Jesus said he was hated by the world, and that if you follow him, you should expect similar treatment. Odd that one who taught such love and compassion for others should be so reviled by so many.

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Fiat_Lux 12/10/07 - 12:46 pm
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Shivas, why the heck do you

Shivas, why the heck do you care? Nobody is making you be a Christian or go to church or celebrate anything. If someone wants to encourage people to recall the true reason we celebrate Christmas, what's it to you? MYODB and STHU.

jack
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jack 12/10/07 - 12:53 pm
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Shivas, how do YOU know

Shivas, how do YOU know Christ wasn't born on December 25th? Try this on for size and get some education (you need it):http://www.bibletruths.net/Archives/BTAR155.htm

BTW, my 10 year old grand son is getting a four wheeler for Christmas. Seems about right for that age group.

jack
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jack 12/10/07 - 12:56 pm
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Gouse, you forgot to put "in

Gouse, you forgot to put "in my opinion" in your esponse. That is all it is and means nothing like most of your posts.

jack
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jack 12/10/07 - 12:59 pm
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shiva, Grouse and all, I wish

shiva, Grouse and all, I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

otpor
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otpor 12/10/07 - 01:00 pm
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More typical paranoid

More typical paranoid pandering from self-righteous right-wingers...which are only a little more annoying than self-righteous left-wingers. Look people, Christmas isn't going anywhere; for the love of God, New York sticks a giant tree in the middle of Times Square every year, so stop with the conspiracy theories about the Christmas wars and whatnot. Consumerism just comes along with the territory.

mgroothand
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mgroothand 12/10/07 - 01:39 pm
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I may be wrong but I believe

I may be wrong but I believe that only the English language puts the word Christ in the word Christmas. The translation of Christ to other languages is not included in the translation of Christmas. Wonder why that is?

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 12/10/07 - 01:44 pm
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The fact that the Christmas

The fact that the Christmas story (e.g., Luke 2) says that shepherds were out in the fields at night would argue against a winter birth for Jesus. Sheep were kept in shelters during the colder winter months -- especially the nights. But, it really doesn't matter. Christians are to celebrate the birth of Christ 24/7/365. His life and death and resurrection are far more important that the date of his birth.

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Chuchi 12/10/07 - 01:58 pm
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It doesn't matter which day

It doesn't matter which day of the year it is celebrated; December 25 is the day Christians celebrate Christ's birthday. It is an honorable and sacred tradition. There is no harm in it. What are you giving Jesus for His birthday?

otpor
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otpor 12/10/07 - 02:02 pm
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Good point, howcanweknow.

Good point, howcanweknow. Thank you for not reducing this issue to petty squabbling.

jshep67
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jshep67 12/10/07 - 02:07 pm
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howcanweknow.., you just made

howcanweknow.., you just made the BEST point possible. Good one.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 12/10/07 - 02:27 pm
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And I even put up a Pagan

And I even put up a Pagan Christmas tree in my home too!

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