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 Post subject: This about sums it up for me! ;-)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:07 pm 
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Being an American Christian means celebrating the birth of a Jewish Savior by receiving gifts beneath a pagan tree from an obese German trespasser.

(And I say that as we are in the midst of our Hanukkah celebration, counting down Advent!) :P


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:40 pm 
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St. Nicholas is Greek!

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 Post subject: Re: This about sums it up for me! ;-)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:58 pm 
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St Nicholas has a day on my bday. I don't even think of "Santa" as St Nicholas but I guess he is, eh? Still, Greek/German - both start with a G. ;-)


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 Post subject: Re: This about sums it up for me! ;-)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:16 pm 
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OH! VERY FUNNY! :o

Both start with a G? In what language? :roll:

Our Church is named for St. Nicholas. Happy Birthday - it's this week! :D

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 Post subject: Re: This about sums it up for me! ;-)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:25 pm 
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BTW - DD just watched this movie "The Jesus Movie" - an animated version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pfLWxoSVNk (we got it from the library) It was EXCEPTIONALLY well done - and had lots of nice (if anachronistic) Jewish cultural references. I thought of you. When Jesus healed one Grandmother, she got out of bed and made Cheese Knishes for Him! I don't know if they ate Knishes in the first century - I have my doubts - but it was very Jewish : )

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 Post subject: Re: This about sums it up for me! ;-)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:50 pm 
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Rather Ironically, St. Nicholas. altho Greek, does not visit Greek homes in the Old Country for Christmas (tho he visits many Greek-American homes). St. Basil (aka Agios Vassilios) visits them on St. Basil's day - which is also New Year's Day. It's kinda nice, because Christmas is more focused on Church & feasting that way, and the excitement of the gifts isn't so intertwined.

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 Post subject: Re: This about sums it up for me! ;-)
PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:22 am 
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Anna1111 wrote:
Rather Ironically, St. Nicholas. altho Greek, does not visit Greek homes in the Old Country for Christmas (tho he visits many Greek-American homes). St. Basil (aka Agios Vassilios) visits them on St. Basil's day - which is also New Year's Day. It's kinda nice, because Christmas is more focused on Church & feasting that way, and the excitement of the gifts isn't so intertwined.


I tho't the Church did gifts on Jan 6?

BTW - I stole that saying I posted; *I* didn't say it. ;-)


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 Post subject: Re: This about sums it up for me! ;-)
PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:07 am 
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I think the Spanish Catholics do Jan 6 Gifts - it's not us.

I knew you were quoting someone : )

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 Post subject: Re: This about sums it up for me! ;-)
PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:09 am 
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Sis wrote:
Anna1111 wrote:
Rather Ironically, St. Nicholas. altho Greek, does not visit Greek homes in the Old Country for Christmas (tho he visits many Greek-American homes). St. Basil (aka Agios Vassilios) visits them on St. Basil's day - which is also New Year's Day. It's kinda nice, because Christmas is more focused on Church & feasting that way, and the excitement of the gifts isn't so intertwined.


I tho't the Church did gifts on Jan 6?

BTW - I stole that saying I posted; *I* didn't say it. ;-)


It occurred to me in the night that maybe the reason you thought this is that the Russian Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7? They have the old calendar, and that's when Christmas lands for them. For us Greek Orthodox, we celebrate on Dec 25 with the same calendar as the rest of the U.S. - we DO have 12 Days of Christmas that start on Christmas day - but Jan 6 for us is Theophany - the Feast of the Baptism of Christ in the River Jordan. A celebration - but not a gift-giving event.

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