QUESTION MARK - © Tamás Gerencser | Dreamstime.comAlthough the story of the nativity (the birth of Messiah Yeshua) is given in detail in the book of Luke and other details are given in the other Gospels, the word "Christmas" is never found in Scripture.

Christmas (originally Christ's Mass) was an invention of the Catholic church in the fourth century which integrated a handful of popular celebrations around the end of the year (e.g. winter solstice, Saturnalia, and Yule).

Here are some other Christmas traditions that are not mentioned in Scripture:

  • Santa Claus/St. Nick
  • Christmas trees
  • Hanging ornaments
  • Mistletoe
  • Wreaths
  • Holly
  • Candles
  • Three wise men
  • Snow around the time of the birth of Messiah
  • Bing Crosby
  • Yule logs

 

In fact, none of the traditional trappings of Christmas are found in Scripture.

It makes you wonder... where did they come from?

 

Torah Portion

וישׁלח (Vayishlach)

 

 

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Today is

Yom Rivi'i, 13 Kislev, 5779

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

 

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