How did Christmas start?
Since about 400 AD, Christians have celebrated the birth of Jesus. 'Christ' means 'Messiah' or 'Anointed One' - the title given to Jesus - and 'Mass' was a religious festival.
In the West today, the real meaning of Christmas is often forgotten. It has become a non-religious holiday! More children believe in Father Christmas than in Jesus. Christmas Day is a time for eating and drinking too much and watching television.
But the real Christmas story is found in the Christian Bible. It is told in two different books: Matthew and Luke chapters 1 and 2. If you have no Bible, you can read these chapters online. You may think that the story of the birth of Jesus, and the way that the West celebrates Christmas today, do not seem to have many connections
These chapters tell how Jesus was born as a baby to Mary. This was no ordinary birth! She was not married, she was a virgin, (yes, really!) and an angel had told her she would bear a special baby. Her husband-to-be, Joseph, did not believe her at first. Who would? Then an angel told him in a dream that it was true! Probably no one else believed it. So when they had to travel from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem (near Jerusalem), to register their names with the ruling Roman government, they probably escaped many hard words from other people
Christmas Nazis in Texas...............
"Thursday, December 16, 2004
GREAT MOMENTS IN HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS
ZERO INTELLIGENCE - Nobody calls it Christmas break any longer. There are even schools that prohibit carols or allow instrumental music only. Those are as nothing compared to the actions of the Plano Independent School District in Texas. They are taking no prisoners in their fight to "get Christ out of Christmas."
"[Plano ISD] has banned the colors red and green from a 'Winter Break Party,' requiring parents to bring only white plates and napkins. ... [Kelly Shackelford, Liberty Legal Institute's chief counsel] says parents have been verbally told the reason for the color restriction was to shun traditional Christmas red and green