Merry Christmas

Have you ever considered why we celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25? No one knows the real birthday of Jesus, a date is not given in the Bible. The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25 was in 336 A.D. during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th of December.

There are many different traditions and theories as to why Christmas is celebrated on December 25th. A very early Christian tradition said that the day Mary was told she would have Jesus (called the Annunciation) was on March 25th – and is still celebrated today on the 25th of March.  Nine months after is December 25th, continue reading here.

A very Merry Christmas to you and your family!!! I hope it is a joyous day for you!

Community Christmas Lights

Grab the kids, a thermos full of hot cocoa, some blankets and hit the town tonight and check our the BEST COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN MODESTO – Here’s the list, map and preview of the house – Sing some carols while you’re out there, and be sure to stay warm though, the weather is changing on us!

Christmas Caroling

Have you ever wondered where did the tradition of going around in the freezing cold singing songs on friend’s doorsteps began. Turns out early Christians took this once pagan tradition over. Carols (the word originally meant “to dance around something”) were first sung in Europe, they were pagan songs, sung at Winter Solstice (December 21 this year) as people danced around stone circles. The Roman Catholic church ordered a song called the “Angel’s Hymm” be sung in about 129 A.D.  Read more on the history here.