You know, when I was a kid "Happy Holidays" WAS a traditional Christmas greeting, fully accepted by everyone without a second thought. It has been around at least as long as "Merry Christmas." It means "Happy Holy Days."
"Merry Christmas" means "Merry Christ Mass [Service]" (an invention of the Catholic Church, by the way. Jesus was likely born in September or October. Shepherds don't generally have their sheep in fields in the height of winter, but in barns).
The only reason this has become an issue is a few stores told their employees to only say the one and not the other.
It does not mean that if I say "Happy Holidays" I am denying Christ. It likely just means I can't remember which holiday we are closest to (Thanksgiving? Christmas? New Years? Do I have all the kids I brought with me here? Have I lost anyone? Did I get everything I meant to? Did I turn the space heater off before leaving the house? Did I remember to put clothes on before leaving the house?:-P)
So come on, people. Lets quit being distracted by these silly side issues and start focusing on what is important:
Jesus Christ, God incarnate, robed Himself in flesh, lived a sinless life, and voluntarily died the most torturous death humans have ever invented...
All to wipe out my sins so I could go to heaven instead of hell.
If you REALLY believe the message of Christmas is important, be sure to tell ALL of your loved ones (and hated ones too!) about Jesus and His wonderful gift of salvation this season!
Ok, today's distraction: a major e-school company has announced that they are taking video samples from experienced homeschool moms to expand their school to cover k-12 instead of just 6-12. This has been stewing in the back of my head for days now, since their announcement.
Yesterday I decided I needed some sort of video to teach beginning phonics to Josh during his "computer school turn" (currently occupied by Sesame Street's 123 count with me video). Couldn't find anything I really liked. So started to make my own but had a computer glitch and lost it.
In the course of discussing it with my kiddos, Jim suggested I could draw my own pictures (freeing me from copy-write constraints) or assign them to draw the pictures, take photos of them and use them in PowerPoint (program I am already familiar with).
The more I stew the more I can see videos for a multitude of subjects; an entire school!
So, because re writing several of my books due to new date information I've run across, trying to finish reading the Bible for the year, teaching, keeping house, cooking everything from scratch (BIG difference in our allergies!), making my own cleaners (ditto the allergies!), isn't enough. Now I need to add making videos to the mix.
The first part of the Bible is called
the Old Testament. This is the story of the beginnings of everything through
the formation and fall of Israel
and the prediction of the coming Christ. The Old Testament is actually
thirty-nine separate books divided into five parts.
The first division is called the
Pentateuch which means “five books.” Most believe Moses wrote these books and
since Jesus says as much, we will accept this. The only possible exception is
the book of Genesis itself. It is possible Moses compiled several more ancient
writings into this one document, as I will explain later.
Some say the Pentateuch was written much
later, between 800 and 600 BC. This theory would be a direct contradiction of
the words of Jesus Himself and must be disregarded. Original authorship earlier
than Moses does not present this problem and it is assumed Moses compiled them
all into one document and possibly did some editing, making them essentially
Many scholars have taken the dates of
history we are sure of (Persia’s conquest of Babylon for example) and counted
the ages and dates in the Bible backwards. This gives us and approximate age of
the earth and dates for the events in the Bible; the only reliable dates
available to us before Cyrus the Great.
This simple counting puts Creation at
The Pentateuch consists of the books
of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. In the Canonical Bible
(the “normal” order) they are in roughly chronological order.
“Genesis” means “Beginnings” in Greek
and this is a good title for the first book. It tells us the beginnings of the
Universe, planet, mankind, sin, and the nation Israel. A good key verse for this
whole book is the very first one: “In the beginning, God…” That says it all.