Saturday, December 25, 2004

Christmas 2004

  1. And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
  2. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
  3. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
  4. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David)
  5. To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
  6. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
  7. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
  8. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
  9. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
  10. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
  11. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
  12. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
  13. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
  14. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
  15. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
  16. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
  17. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
  18. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.


  1. and then, a couple of thousands of years later, some rich guy that wanted to be richer said "go, ye marketers, ye advertisers of all we don't need, but might want if our neighbors have it, and go, ye toy manufacturers, and contact your (ye'r?) people about how we can take The Birth Of Christ (he's our lord and savior, y'know) and cash in on the idea of Saint Nicholas bringing gifts to the poor people (which the richer people of the time didn't think too highly of) and MAKE A PROFIT FROM IT!
    sorry, Basil, for the rant. but, as long as i haven't been banned yet for it, i'd like to go on to say that (for all the reader(s) that might see this), Christmas is a time to get together with your family and loved ones and remember what makes life special. it isn't the gifts, it isn't the feast, but the feeling in your (all of our) hearts when everybody that cares about eachother gets together and becomes a family again, if only for a day.
    wishing you, and everyone YOU care about, the merriest Christmas imaginable.

  2. Listenin' to the Smokey Mountain Oyster Boys singin' "Christmas Balls."

    Merry Christmas, from our house to yours!


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