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Why December 25?

There were no attending physicians, as the story is understood, no nurses, no records of birth or birth certificate such as is so important in the 21st century, but there is a date: Dec. 25.

Where did it come from? Where is it recorded? Who were the first to celebrate that date?

December 25 is a magical date, particularly in these modern days. This date brings attention of kids from one to 92, retailers, manufacturers, travel and hospitality industries, as well as schools, government and the public.

Designers of clothing and toys work feverishly to come up with new merchandise that will bring in big bucks, while retailers plan gigantic sales aimed at Black Friday and the largest shopping day of the year.

Students of all ages eye the calendar for what is now called “Winter Break.” For many of this world it has become “Happy Holidays,” and not Merry Christmas.

That’s too religious today for many folks. Bah humbug!

An in-depth study and research would lead to greater understanding of why Dec. 25 was chosen, or add to the list of questions surrounding this magical date.

It has been said that the earliest surviving mention of Dec. 25 for Christmas was found in a Roman almanac that one Bible expert, Jack Finegan, dated at A.D. 354, and perhaps A.D. 336 in an earlier edition.

This matter can be debated many hours, months and years, but Christmas is established as Dec. 25, a day when the Christian world observes as the birthday of the one called Jesus, Lord, Savior, King.

Pause in your rushing back and forth, shopping, decorating, cooking and baking, and take time to enjoy the season.

Don’t panic. Relax, take a deep breath and give thanks for what we do have, not what we don’t have and don’t need.

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