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By Tony Cole, President, Anthony Cole Training Group
On Friday the 25th, over 2 billion people in the world celebrate the upcoming Christian Holiday of Christmas. It is estimated that in addition to the Christians that celebrate the day of Christ’s birth, an additional 10% of the non-Christians in the world also celebrate in some form or fashion.
Welcome to our holiday Sales Brew.
According to www.whychristmas.com, the first recorded date for Christmas on December 25th was celebrated in 336 AD during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I, officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th of December. It would be celebrated on the 25th, but if you google the origination of Christmas you’ll find that there is not a definitive date for Christ’s birth.
For 1,679 years, people in this world celebrate the most celebrated holiday in the world. I find that extraordinary and comforting. How many other traditions can you think of that have survived that length of time or anything close. Yes, there are some and I’m guessing that they are tied to religion. Beyond that, most things that we do as a culture come and go over time.
With that in mind, I have a wish for all of you in 2016; actually, more than a wish, it’s a prayer.
I pray that all of you receive the gifts of possibility, promise and peace. I hope not to offend any of the readers or listeners as I borrow from biblical text:
- Possibility (Joshua 1:9) – Have I not commanded you be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
- Promise (John 10:10) – I have come that they might have life and that they might have it abundantly
- Peace (Philippians 4:6-7) – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I pray these prayers for you and your loved ones.
To end on a lighter note, let me quote from our family favorite Christmas movie – Christmas Vacation. Clark Griswold (played by Chevy Chase) has just trekked out into the woods across snow covered meadows in search of the perfect Christmas tree. His wife, Ellen, has just announced that their daughter Audrey cannot feel anything from the hips down and her eyes are frozen open. Clarks says the following: “The most enduring traditions of the season are best enjoyed in the warm embrace of kith and kin. Thith tree is a thymbol of the spirit of the Grithwold family Chrithmath.”