New Year’s Eve: A Short Guide to What You’re Celebrating
Published on: December 31, 2012
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  • John Barker

    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).

  • Jim.

    @John Barker:

    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. =)

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