But, I have to point out some facts to make clear who is to be celebrated this Christmas.
>Santa Claus: Santa Claus is now famous in the world especially when it comes to Christmas, but is he the right one to be celebrated? You know, most things have been made traditions, you fine it difficult to change it especially when you grew up believing it’s true and everyone’s dancing to the tune.
Germanic Europe, this figure may also have absorbed elements of the god Odin, who was associated with the Germanic pagan midwinter event of Yule and led the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession through the sky.
Santa Claus is generally depicted as a portly, joyous, white- bearded man—sometimes with spectacles—wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots and who carries a bag full of gifts for children. Images of him rarely have a beard with no moustache. This image became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of the 1823 poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” and of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast. This image has been maintained and reinforced through song, radio, television, children’s books and films. Santa Claus has been believed to make a list of children throughout the world, categorizing them according to their behavior (“naughty” or “nice“) and to deliver presents, including toys, and candy to all of the well-behaved children in the world, and sometimes coal to the naughty children, on the single night of Christmas Eve. He accomplishes this feat with the aid of the elves who make the toys in the workshop and the flying reindeer who pull his sleigh. He is commonly portrayed as living at the North Pole and saying “ho ho ho ” often.
|From Wikipedia.com: Christ Pantocrator mosaic in Byzantine style , from the Cefalù Cathedral, Sicily|
Roman Prefect Pontius Pilate, rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven, whence He will return. The Christendom and the Islamic world believes he rose from the dead and that he is the Messiah. But only few Christian domination belive He is the Son of God. Jesus teachings were based on Heaven, love, forgiveness, peace, joy, reconciliation with God and judging the dead either before or after their bodily resurrection, an event tied to the Second Coming of Jesus in Christian eschatology. Though some believe Jesus’s role as savior has more existential or societal concerns than the afterlife, and a few notable theologians have suggested that Jesus will bring about a universal reconciliation.
The sources for investigating the history of Jesus are found in the Synoptic Gospels ( Matthew , Mark and Luke ) in the Holy Bible, KJV.
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