Isaiah 9:6 — “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders, and He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

This is an amazing moment in time as 2020 draws to a close while on the threshold of 2021.

Merry Christmas to our Orthodox brothers and sisters in Christ.

There are many things that are misunderstood or simply not understood about the Christian faith. I personally mark it up to not knowing history.

As I understand it, the Bible doesn’t identify a particular date or month of the day Christ was born. Naturally, there’s plenty of commentaries that supply their ideas and thoughts, such as relating the shepherds being in the field, indicating to some that it was not a wintertime circumstance.

A current event has stirred up a new barrage of speculation. On Dec. 21, 2020, the two largest planets — Jupiter and Saturn — aligned, which gave the effect called the Christmas Star. This just adds to the consideration and effects of what people believe or may come to believe, a connection to the Star of Bethlehem.

There are so many traditions during this time of year. For example: Jan. 6 and the 12th day of Christmas. There’s no definite day for the 12th day of Christmas. Some Christian traditions being marked from the 4th century use the 12th day to mark the end of Christmas and the eve of Epiphany (Christian Feast Day).

The Feast Day Epiphany is a time to celebrate the time when the Magi (Three Kings or Wise Men) appeared in Judea to worship the promised prophesied Messiah following the Bethlehem Star.

I also don’t claim a full understanding of history or the time lapse.

This year, our Orthodox believers in Christ Jesus will celebrate Jan. 7 as Christmas Day, known as “Old Christmas Day.” Many of our Orthodox brothers and sisters use the Julian Calendar (named after Julius Caesar), while many in the West use what is known as the Gregorian Calendar (Pope Gregory XIII).

Just for an added FYI: The Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates Christmas on Jan. 6 along with Epiphany.

There are many differences in our traditions, but may each of them be blessed. Ephesians 4:4-5 — “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism.”

I wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

May we be blessed today and in the days ahead.

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