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Sunday, November 30, 2014

S is for Star

"S is for Star: A Christmas Alphabet" by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds

First of all I appreciate the emphasis on the true meaning of Christmas. The very first reference is Luke 2:10 "The angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people."

"A is for Angels and Archangels, sparkling in robes of white, announcing the arrival of a newborn king, singing Alleluia! on a starry night."

Reindeer and Santa are mentioned but only a short section under R. S isn't for Santa Claus, it's for shepherds, silent night, sheep and starry night. There is many historical references described as well such as:

"Historians believe the German religious leader Martin Luther (1483-1546) was the first to light candles on a Christmas tree. Inspired by the beauty of evergreens silhouetted against the starry sky, he cut a fir tree, took it home, and lit candles on its branches. The lights, he said, stood for the stars in the heavens. We put lights on evergreen trees for the same reason."