It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I don’t just mean in the stores where the whole purpose is to get you to spend more than you intended and often more than you can afford.
Christmas shopping tends to leach the Christmas spirit right out of me. Turns me Grinchy. Thank goodness for Amazon where I now do most of my Christmas shopping. Once the gifts have been deposited on my front porch I can then proceed to wrapping presents which I do like.
I also like to decorate my house. Our house has a battery powered wreath on the front door and two giant snowflakes on the center of the each of the three windows that flank the door.
I am on a busy street and there is much foot traffic heading for the bus stop 3 houses down. That means anything actually put on the ground where the malicious people who do not have Christmas in their hearts and souls is vandalized. Therefore whatever decorations I put up must be out of their reach. Sad that.
Sadder still is that Lord forbid that someone place a crèche in the public square because it might offend someone. It being the reason for the season and all ya’ll.
It looks more and more like Christmas as people decorate their homes with the wonderful sights and lights of Christmas. Perhaps the most prevalent is the Christmas Tree
Because I am Catholic and grew up with the legend of St. Boniface and the Christmas Tree it is my favorite story of how Christmas Trees came to be so much of a part of our Christmas celebrations. Through his efforts to reorganize and regulate the church of the Franks, he helped shape Western Christianity, and many of the dioceses he proposed remain today.
I like the image of St. Boniface with an ax. It’s unusual and I’m kind of quirky like that.
Saint Boniface’s feast day is celebrated on 5 June in the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, the Anglican Communion and the Eastern Orthodox Church. I offer that information since many people, many Christians included, think Saints such as St. Bonifice are recognized only by Catholics.
The secularists are quick to point out the pagan roots of decorating with evergreens for the Winter Solstice. But then their religion is spending every waking minute trying to destroy or debunk Christianity. Or so it seems to me. Why is a mystery and it has long been my belief that it’s cause by either a chronic meanness in their soul or constipation.
Many folk legends have grown around the Christmas tree. Christ’s blessing and gift to mankind in the form of a decorated tree remains the central theme of most. Across Europe, people used tree-based folk legends.
One story tells that when Christianity first came to Northern Europe, three virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity were sent from Heaven to find a tree that was as high as hope; as great as love; as sweet as charity; and one that had the sign of the cross on every bough. Their search ended in the forests of the North where they found the Fir. Lighted from the radiance of the stars, it was the first Christmas tree.
Another typical tale tells about a woodcutter who helps a small hungry child. The next morning, the child appears to the woodcutter and his wife, and is none other than the Christchild. The child breaks a branch from a fir tree and tells the couple that it will be a tree that, at Christmas time, will bear fruit. As foretold the tree is laden with apples of gold and nuts of silver.
Various Conifers – such as spruce, balsam, eastern hemlock and the scotch pine are used as Christmas trees but the scotch pine has surpassed the Douglas Fir as the nations most popular Christmas tree.
Whatever you choose to believe there is no denying that the Christmas Tree is an important part of our Christmas celebration. And there is no denying that they are beautiful.
This is, as always, an open thread.