Next year, I hope you do a piece on the meaning of the American celebration of Christmas. No one asked me to say grace at this year’s family dinner; of course I am expected to follow all the rituals of the environmental movement in cooking, shopping and clean up.
Amazing stuff. I knew only bits and pieces of this, mainly the Pope Gregory connection and that Israelis call January 1 “Sylvester.” It is interesting how modern Hebrew preserves certain details that may be obscure to most modern Christians, notably calling Christians “notzrim” (Nazarenes).
Obviously, the modern American celebration of Christmas is in honor of the words of the prophet Isaiah (9:3): “You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder.”
Grown-ups get enlarged waistlines, kids (and retail businesses) rejoice over a harvest of loot.
Perfectly obvious. =)