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Excitement at Xmas #AtoZChallenge

This year my A to Z challenge is about Christmas, a major festival in the Christian Church. Another major festival is Easter, which I wrote about for the A to Z Challenge in 2020.

Well, here we are at one of the most difficult letters in the A to Z challenge. It is almost impossible not to cheat for X. In an earlier challenge I cheated by using X to represent the Greek letter Chi, Χ. Chi is the first letter of the Greek word  Xristos.

This time I am using a word beginning with EX as well as an abbreviated form of Christmas. Xmas is another way of writing Christmas. The X represents the Greek letter Chi. It is an shortened form of Christ.

Excitement is definitely part of Xmas. Children who hang up a stocking for Santa Claus (or Father Christmas) to fill are often too excited to sleep at first. Then they wake early in the morning eager to discover what has been stuffed into their stockings.

Was Mary excited when she heard the news from the angel that she was to be the mother of the Messiah? She must have experienced many emotions. The shepherds were probably excited when they found the baby just as the angels had said. The magi (or wise men) are the subject of a wonderful poem, Journey of the Magi by TS Eliot. The feelings he describes them having do not include excitement.

I am sure there was rejoicing in heaven when the saviour of the world was born in Bethlehem. That is not much different from excitement.

A carol, which conveys some of the excitement of Christmas, is Come and join the celebration it’s a very special day.

While this year’s A to Z badges by Anjela Curtis honour the late Jeremy Hawkins, I hope that my posts about Christmas honour Jesus Christ, ‘who was and is and is to come’. Revelation 1:4

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Wonder and worship #AtoZChallenge

This year my A to Z challenge is about Christmas, a major festival in the Christian Church. Another major festival is Easter, which I wrote about for the A to Z Challenge in 2020.

Wonder and worship are perhaps the words most associated with Christmas. Wonder in the sense of wonderful, not meant sarcastically but innocently, leads people to worship. The magi from Letter M had come to worship the new-born king. Children learn the Christmas carol, We three kings of orient are, with its chorus: Star of wonder, star of light and it is part of many Nativity plays.

There are many Christmas carols with the word wonder. As a member of a Church choir and another choir which has included a concert of Christmas songs and carols in its annual activities, I am familiar with many carols.
I wonder as I wander and No small wonder* are two with the word wonder in the title. The Incarnation is something to wonder about and marvel at.

*The words are below the video.

While this year’s A to Z badges by Anjela Curtis honour the late Jeremy Hawkins, I hope that my posts about Christmas honour Jesus Christ, ‘who was and is and is to come’. Revelation 1:4

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Virgin birth #AtoZChallenge

This year my A to Z challenge is about Christmas, a major festival in the Christian Church. Another major festival is Easter, which I wrote about for the A to Z Challenge in 2020.

At many services in Christian churches a statement of belief (creed) is read or recited by the leaders and the people. All the different forms of the creeds include a phrases relating to Jesus Christ and his mother, Mary. ‘And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man’ is how the Nicene Creed in the Book of Common Prayer puts it. A modern version is ‘who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,’

My posts for letter I and letter M mention the incarnation and Mary. Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1: 26-28 explain that Mary was a virgin and that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Christians believe that God is three Persons and one God:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Luke begins his account of Jesus’ life by explaining that he carefully investigated everything. Luke 1:3. It is probable that Luke (a physician or doctor) interviewed Mary as part of his investigation. Doctors and scientists are renowned for their scepticism. Many lawyers have also looked carefully at the Gospel stories and been convinced of their veracity. (A word beginning with V meaning truth!)

A carol which emphasises the virginity of Mary is The virgin Mary had a baby boy.

While this year’s A to Z badges by Anjela Curtis honour the late Jeremy Hawkins, I hope that my posts about Christmas honour Jesus Christ, ‘who was and is and is to come’. Revelation 1:4