Friday, December 25, 2015

X-mas Ham?

For as long as I can remember, there was a tradition in my family, that many would mistake for a Christian tradition. This is the tradition of eating Ham for Christmas dinner.  One day I began to wonder where such a tradition could have come from. As a Histroy Major, wondering about origins of this or that, is how I spend the majority of any day.



Christmas ham at dinner is directly connected to the Yule log. 

The story of the Yule depends greatly on the region of the world in which you ask the question. In Nordic societies, during the Winter Solstice, a boar (pig) would be sacrificed to the Norse god Freyr, the god of fertility and harvest. The boar was always chosen because, in the stories associated Freyr, he rode a boar with gold bristles named Gullinburst and was said to shine with a golden light that drove out darkness and turned night into daytime. The sacrifice of a boar in honor of Freyr would also, help to ensure a plentiful harvest the next season.


Food4Thought (You do the dishes): You can rest assured that Jesus does not approve of this tradition, for He warned against eating or even touching a dead pig.

"And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase." Deuteronomy 14:8
"Think NOT that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Matthew 5:17-18 

It's not too late to throw the abomination away, and follow God!


May the Lord add a blessing to the obedience of His word.
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Oh Xmas Tree... No one thinks I'm crazy when I talk to you

Since I was a child, I figured there was something stupid (forgive my profane speech) about bringing a tree inside the house. It was probably during a Christian summer camp rain-day, when we ran out of songs to sing, so we sang O Christmas Tree.  It 
Used to be a very popular Christmas carol when I was young. I will post some of the lyrics here:

Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy leaves are so unchanging;
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy leaves are so unchanging;
Not only green when summer's here,
But also when 'tis cold and drear.
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy leaves are so unchanging!

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can'st give me;
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can'st give me;
How often has the Christmas tree
Afforded me the greatest glee!
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can'st give me.


First of all you are speaking/ singing to a tree? Why? Well, firstly because the tree doesn't die in the winter ( Thy leaves are so unchanging; Not only green when summer's here, But also when 'tis cold and drear.)

Seondly, you are singing to a tree, because it, "gives you great pleasure." 

Now a na├»ve mine would say it is a pleasure to see the tree full of colours and decorated. In reality the tree brings pleasure, because it is a symbol of fertility: a phallus of sorts (A tree that doesn't die; being continually fertile).
 It gives you pleasure because: "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God." Romans 8:7-8


Wickedness brings pleasure when you are outside of the will of God. 

Finally sisters and brothers, I want to encourage you to resist the temptation to Bring a tree into your home.  Because the Bible strictly forbids the practice denouncing it:

"Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men. But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation." Jeremiah 10:1-5, 9-10

A stock of vanities, decked with silver and gold, fastened with hammers and nails so that it won't move. 

Come out of her traditions my people...

May the Lord add a blessing to the consideration of His Word

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