It was first authorised that December 25 to be celebrated as the birthday of Jesus in A.D. 353.
Who would have ever thought that it would become what it is today.
When Professor Charles Follen lit candles on the first Christmas Tree in America in 1832, who would have ever thought that the decorations would become as elaborate as they are in this age.
It is a long time since 1832, longer still from 353, longer still from that dark night, brightened by a special star, in which Jesus the king was born.
Yet, as we approach December 25 again, it gives us yet another opportunity to pause, and in the midst of all the excitement, elaborate decorations and expensive commercialism which surround Christmas today, to consider again the event of Christmas and the person whose birth we celebrate.
May your Christmas be full of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.
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