Throughout history humans have created rituals to emphasize important transitional times in our lives. We mark and record these transitions on a regular basis based on the skies above our heads, to our own human designed calendars and create traditions. There is one common theme to our rituals, festivals and holy days throughout the ages, especially during winter – to be humble as we remind ourselves that humans are but a very miniscule part of the universe around us. Read on ...
Christmas Traditions and Prayer
"When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with the flocks,
then the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal those broken in spirit,
to feed the hungry,
to release the oppressed,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among all peoples,
to make a little music with the heart…
And to radiate the Light of Christ,
every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say.
Then the work of Christmas begins.
-- Howard Thurman, adapted
Christ’s Mass - Christmas - Christ’s Birth - The word 'Christmas' comes from Cristes maesse, an English phrase that means Mass of Christ. The history of Christmas dates back over 4000 years.
What are the beginnings of: The Christmas Star, Christmas Trees, Yule log, Christmas Ornaments & Lights, Tinsel, Candy Canes, Christmas Stockings, Christingle, Mistletoe, holly and ivy, Father Christmas and more then read on ...
I ask only for patience, tolerance and understanding toward all that you have created and the wisdom to grow and live with it in harmony and peace.”