Horse 92 Snow Drifts Contemporary Horse Painting, Abstract
Snow drifts I am thankful we do not have right now. Usually we see snow in January or February. Last year we had two major ice storms and one snow storm. Pretty unusual. Made me reflect what type of weather would have been happening in Bethlehem when Jesus was born.
When was Jesus born? Most of us know we have the 25th of December as the celebrated date of his birth. I do know this has been discussed over the centuries. The when of his birth holds very little to the birth itself. I did find a really interesting site that traced back when John was conceived and tied in Mary's conception and ended up with it probably being in the fall and not in December. Here is the link to what I read. If it was December the weather was more like Dallas weather... wet and cold. The coldest time for Bethlehem is actually January and February, just like here. But after reading this article you might lean to a fall arrival.
As a family, when my children were young, we celebrated St Nicholas Day on the sixth of Dec. That was fun time for presents. Christmas was not built around Santa because Christmas for our family was built around Christ's birth. We did exchange family gifts Christmas Eve and then when the kids were small there were small gifts in their stockings on Christmas day, but we attempted to keep the celebration of Christmas tied to our faith. This afternoon our family will gather here at our home to sing and exchange small gifts. Lady L is excited..today is Christmas Eve.
Bob Hope once said "When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things — not the great occasions — give off the greatest glow of happiness."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14-15