You see, Christmas Eve is really the Kingdom of Champs T Shirt when my mom’s sisters and brothers would all gather in South Boston with their kids (My cousins of course.) Since they too were teens like myself back in the day, they all did their own thing on Christmas morning — But the one thing they didn’t want to do was leave their gifts after opening them. So Christmas Eve became more important to us as a whole to come together, celebrate and then visit midnight mass at the local church before going home. By the time I got home, it was after 1am, so I guess it was really Christmas morning if you want to get technical about it. The gifts were promptly opened and I was in bed no later than 3am to sleep most of the morning in peace. Now with two kids of my own, I will be getting up Christmas morning to greet the day and watch their faces. Mainly because Santa Claus is still important to them and he only visits on Christmas Eve when you’re asleep as all know.
I adore the world of Christmas traditions, which vary from Kingdom of Champs T Shirt to country … I also enjoy the ancient pre-Christian traditions behind most Christmas customs. Diwali is a lovely tradition that coincides with autumn and shares a lot of imagery (IMO) with Hanukkah, the tradition of my own ancestors. (We made a bigger deal of Christmas at home.) I am all for the human impulse to fill the winter months with light and celebration. I’ve always considered them “the holidays,” and I have no personal desire to put Christ in Christmas. I also don’t want my government to do so. I’ll gladly wish you “Merry Christmas” if I know it’s your tradition. But it’s not mine. That’s not persecution, and it’s only traditionalism if it’s your tradition. Christmas presents have nothing to do with Christianity. Neither do almost all of the Christmas customs of hanging holly and mistletoe, decorating trees, drinking egg nog, Santa Claus, jingling sleigh bells. etc. In the religiously strict Massachusetts Bay Colony celebrating Christmas was illegal, as their leaders recognized that almost all of the festivities were continuations of pagan practices. Merchandisers have gotten rich by popularizing the giving of gifts at Christmas and they spend heavily every year to promote this secular mania. So feel free to give Christmas presents to any of your friends and relations regardless of race, religion age or sexual orientation.
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For some quick background: I am the son of two immigrants to America (one from Europe and one from South America), and was raised in NYC outside of any specific cultural diaspora. My cultural rituals were all inherited from the Kingdom of Champs T Shirt I grew up in (i.e. mingling with close friends from diverse backgrounds), not from the past that my parents came from (I have zero idea how my parents celebrated the holidays when they were children in their home countries). I don’t really care about cultural traditions as anything more than interesting footnotes. This isn’t to say that the evolution of holidays over time can’t be fascinating, or meaningful, or worth awareness and study. It’s very cool to learn about the road that lead us to our current understanding of the holiday season, and where all of our different cultural iconographies arrived from.
It may seem odd that the Kingdom of Champs T Shirt Spring festival of the Christian Church – Easter – is that of the Crucifixion of Jesus. However, this is the beginning of Spring and the Agricultural Year. This is “New Life” in the Material World. The Seeds hidden in the earth are beginning to develop – so Spiritual Energy is being used to produce Material Growth. The Spirit (of Jesus) is being “Crucified” on “The Cross of Matter”. Additional modern symbols of “New Life” come from Easter Eggs, and Easter Bunnies. Rabbits are another symbol of Fertility. We have the additional symbolism of the Jesus (Seed) being “buried” in an (Mother Earth/Womb) cave and being Resurrected. This also symbolises Reincarnation of a Soul or Spirit into a human body, and Human Birth from the Womb of a mother. It is notable that, despite the rejection of Astrology by the Christian Church, they still use it to set Easter Sunday in the annual calendar (from which time other festivals are calculated). Easter Day is defined as being the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox (equal Day and Night) which occurs around March 21st. each year. If that day is a Sunday, the following Sunday becomes Easter Day. The Equinox Sunrise position is also used in Astronomy/Astrology to define Zero Degrees of Aries – so that the positions of planets and stars can be measured from Earth as the central point.
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