Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’
The kings they came from out the south, All dressed in ermine fine; They bore Him gold and chrysoprase, And gifts of precious wine. The shepherds came from out the north, Their coats were brown and old; They brought Him little new-born lambs– They had not any gold. The wise men came from out the east, And they were wrapped in white; The star that led them all the way Did glorify the night. The angels came from heaven high, And they were clad with wings; And lo, they brought a joyful song The host of heaven sings. The kings they knocked upon the door, The wise men entered in, The shepherds followed after them To hear the song begin. The angels sang through all the night Until the rising sun, But little Jesus fell asleep Before the song was done. Read by Jean Aked
(PRWEB) December 30, 2004
Biologically, boys are slower to develop than girls and often struggle with reading and writing skills early on. How then, to get our boys reading and improving their literacy? Author Teresa Saari offers these 10 tips:
1. Use adventure books and fantasty books with visual appeal.
2. Get dad to go to the library with his son.
3. Read aloud with expressions and humour.
4. Read at a moderate pace, not too fast. Listening is a challenge for many children, take time to enjoy any illustrations.
5. Dads, get your son to write a weekly book report with an attractive reward such as pizza.
6. Start small using comics, magazines and newspapers.
7. Encourage your school to start a Book club for boys with a cool name.
8. Feel free to stop and discuss the book if you and your listener want to.
9. Keep in mind that children can look restless and still be listening. Some children need to be moving around or fidgeting with something. Let them squirm or even draw pictures as they listen.
10. If your child is not enjoying a book, you are not obliged to finish it. You don’t want to abandon a book quickly, but if a book has not sparked interest after several sessions, try another one.
Getting the boys to interact on the stories is a crucial step. “Try asking a science-oriented question about the story” Saari suggests. “Ask him what he would you do in the same situation.”
Saari has just completed her second book, “Dager of the Tasman Empire”. Dager is the story of a little boy who at the age of three, was stolen from his family and sold to a wicked hag. By the age of five, he begins to wonder if his recurring dreams of magical far away lands full of happiness, love and family are only dreams, or actual memories. Will Dager ever find out the truth? Saari is also the author of “Imogene of The Pacific Kingdom”.
Autographed copies of her books are available at http://www.teresasaari.com. The books can be ordered from Amazon, Trafford or bookstores across Canada.
About Teresa Saari: As a child, author Teresa Saari spent days on end reading fantasy and fairy tale stories. The Saari family lives near Edmonton, in Alberta, Canada. Teresa devotes a lot of her time promoting the novel in bookstores, libraries and schools. She has been featured on CTV and radio across Canada.
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Documentary with the Irish Clannad singer Moya Brennan. With Dutch subtitles.
Question by angus: Where is the evidence that Christmas is a “pagan” holiday?
Before you start ranting at me, I’m not ignorant. I know that:
- Christmas was created by the Roman Church in the 4th century to celebrate the Nativity, and was most likely placed on December 25 to compete with an existing pagan holiday (Birth of the Unconquered Sun) so that it would be easier to convert pagans to Christianity.
- Many of the elements of Christmas such as gift-giving, trees, Santa, lights, etc. have secular origins and themes.
But which of these elements are specifically 100% pagan, and where is the evidence? The Christmas tree originates in 16th century Christianity, so it does not have a direct pagan origin. Santa is a mix of the St. Nicholas and possibly some part of the Odin myth, so not 100% pagan origin.
Why do people call it a “pagan” holiday when it’s more like a Christian and secular holiday with some pagan influence to a few select customs?
Answer by Santa Christ
Further evidence lies in the fact that a lot of the story of Jesus’ birth, life, and death took cues from earlier pagan myths.
Add your own answer in the comments!
Article by Mark Holms
Historians do not hide the fact that Christmas was an invention of the Roman church, designed to compete with the heathen Roman feast of Saturnalia in honor of the sun deity Mithras. Mithras bore remarkable similarity to the Biblical Messiah. The Mithraic feast, like Christmas, was celebrated to commemorate his birth.
Christmas as a pagan holiday traces back thousands of years to a man named Nimrod, founder of ancient pagan Babylon. Forefather to Mithras, Nimrod began a counterfeit religion in the Book of Genesis that was to compete with the True Faith of the Bible in every conceivable way down through the centuries. The Bible refers to it as the religion of Mystery Babylon