Just say Merry Christmas in July?? It’s hot? Especially out here in dry West Texas.
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We simplify the decorating process. As mothers we have the abilities to run around in a frenzied panic or plan and prepare for a less stressful holiday! We have podcasts you can download (give us a review when you download in iTunes) and blogs with great ideas to help you out this Christmas and Holiday season.
This also the week we celebrate the 4th of July! Happy Birthday America, "thank you" to the men, women,and their families who have served, are serving or have given the ultimate sacrifice defending this great country! God bless America and God bless Texas!
With that in mind, our forefathers fought and died for America, for religious and personal freedoms! We have the right to say Merry Christmas! In recent times there has been an assault on even saying Merry Christmas which is kinda crazy when you consider these facts.
Christmas by the Numbers
Christmas Facts. (2012). The History Channel website. Retrieved 12:26, July 3, 2012, from http://www.history.com/interactives/christmas-facts.
We are excited about all of the possibilities the radio show has to offer, one of which is voicing our view about Christmas and the assault on celebrating Christmas and removing much of the symbolism as organizations and the government deems politically incorrect. With that said we do not have a political show, we are women entrepreneurs, the Christmas Decorating Experts with big hair and big smiles, not to be confused with big Texas women!
We invited our guest Dr. Jim Gerlach on the show to help us understand the history of Christmas and the traditions we celebrate. Over the next couple of weeks we will dig deeper into many of the decorations and symbols of Christmas. We will have lots of tips and how to ideas for you to use in your own home!
As the pastor at Oak View Baptist Church in Irving, Texas, Dr. Jim Gerlach relates that the ancient pagan customs, rituals and celebrations were adopted by Christains into our celebration of Christ's birth and Christmas. He explained how his church participates in the "Hanging of the greens" and decorating the church along with teaching about Advent and decorating the Christmas Trees with Chismons. It is a time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. We discovered biblical and spiritual meanings of the wreath, and eternal circle depicting God's love for us. The colors used at Christmas Red for the blood of Jesus that was shed and green for new life through Jesus. To learn about the Hanging of the Green, click on the link below
Jim shared in his family, traditions and customs that they celebrated as kids with a mission offering on the tree. The offering helped them focus on giving rather than receiving and it is a tradition he and his wife Tashia carry on with their kids Matthew and Annalise.
These are some of the traditions and decorations we will explore in the upcoming shows:
Holly Wreath-Read Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6
As Isaiah prophesied the birth of Christ, the holly wreath, which originated in Germany, was said originally to have prophesied why Christ came to earth. In Germany the holly wreath is widely called the “Christ-thorn” because of the prickly points on its leaves, and has come to represent the crown of thorns Christ wore to the cross.
Angels-Read Luke 1:26-28 and 2:8-11
Angels played a part in that first Christmas and have been used for generations to top Christmas trees and decorate our homes during this holy season.
Creche-Read Luke 2:7
Each year at Christmas millions of mantles and tables are adorned with beautiful nativity scenes.
Gift Giving-Read Matthew 2:1-2 9-11
Traditional reasons why we give gifts at Christmas abound. Some revolve around the various legends of Santa Claus & St. Nicholas. To Christians, giving gifts symbolizes the ultimate gift of all, the giving of eternal life through His Son by God the Father. The gifts the Wise Men gave Christ child indicate they knew the significance of His presence on earth.
The Christmas tree originated in old German paradise plays and was introduced into this country by German settlers in the eighteenth century. Its original German meaning was completely spiritual. It represented the tree of paradise, and was hung with apples and ringed with candles to represent the Garden of Eden.
Atop the tree represents the star that guided the Wise Men to Bethlehem. The lights on the tree originated with the lighted tree of paradise.
Finally, like the holly, the evergreen Christmas tree symbolizes the everlasting life Christ provided at the cross.
It is our hope at Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store and Show Me Decorating that as you decorate your home for the holidays this year, the season will have greater meaning to you and your family!
We are asking our listeners and Facebook friends to send in their family traditions and ways they celebrate Christ birth. They include the true meaning of Christmas. We will pick traditions to share on the radio and send you a free Miss Cayce's shopping bag and surprise!
Let us know what's up!
Happy Decorating Y'all,
Kathy and Becky