The 25th of December is a day in MODERN TIME (since around 1582 for most of the world) the majority of the world comes together to celebrate life and the faith that surrounds it. To some it signifies the birth day of religious deity figures, to others a higher importance is placed on the science and physics of the time period. Most of the world over looks the difference in their beliefs surrounding this 49+- hour period on the planet. It is the closest moment in time that our civilizations get to experience near total peace around the world. There are always a few that disrespect the day for evil crimes but the point is that this time period has the lowest average of world crime.

 

I use the 49+- hour time frame because there are 26 time zones which means one hour after the first 24 hour period of the 25th ends, the final 24 hour period of the 25th begins for a total of 49+- hours of Xmas world wide.

**(The two extreme time zones on Earth (both in the mid Pacific) differ by 26 hours. A particular day starts earlier in countries with a more positive UTC offset. Thus the first occurrence of a date will be in UTC+14 and the last of the same date in UTC−12. This gives the interesting feature that during one hour each day there are three different dates in use on land around the world, e.g. at 10:30 UTC Monday it is already 00:30 Tuesday in the Line Islands (UTC+14) while the time is 23:30 Sunday in Samoa (UTC-11))

 

There were so many historical calendars before the Gregorian Calendar was adapted that a true scholar needs to remember to point this out and correct others when those around them preach the significance of the DATE. The true significance is that the natural clock corresponding with December 2lst-22nd, is when in the northern hemisphere, the Sun is at the lowest point of its power in the annual cycle (winter solstice). The Sun, the ancients said, had symbolically ‘died’. By December 25th, the Sun had demonstrably begun its symbolic journey back to the summer and the peak of its power.

 

The history of calendars spans several thousand years. In many early civilizations, calendar systems were developed. For example, in Sumer, the birthplace of the modern sexagesimal system, there were 12 months of 29 or 30 days apiece, much like the modern Gregorian calendar. Mesoamerican cultures also developed their own intricate calendars; the ancient Maya had two separate years—the 260-day Sacred Round, and the 365-day Vague Year. Classical Greek and Roman cultures also developed calendars; the ancient Athenians, for one, had a lunisolar calendar that lasted 364 days, with an intercalary month added every other year. The Romans used two different year lengths; the older one had 304 days divided into 10 months; the newer 365 days divided into 12 months; very much like the modern calendar. They counted years from the founding of Rome, or, sometimes, from the reign of the current consul.

During the early Middle Ages, various local calendars were used in Europe. The presently common Anno Domini system was developed in the 8th century, but the system only became common several centuries later, and even then, rival systems remained in use. Distinct from the rest of Europe, the Scandinavian Vikings maintained their own calendar during this time, which was divided into two seasons; summer and winter. A definition of the calendar day resembling the modern one was first stated in the latter part of the 13th century.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_calendar

 

The Gregorian calendar, also known as the Western calendar or the Christian calendar, is the internationally accepted civil calendar.[1][2][3] It was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII, after whom the calendar was named, by a decree signed on 24 February 1582, a papal bull known by its opening words Inter gravissimas.[4] The reformed calendar was adopted later that year by a handful of countries, with other countries adopting it over the following centuries. The motivation for the Gregorian reform was that the Julian calendar assumes that the time between vernal equinoxes is 365.25 days, when in fact it is about 11 minutes less. The accumulated error between these values was about 10 days when the reform was made, resulting in the equinox occurring on March 11 and moving steadily earlier in the calendar. Since the equinox was tied to the celebration of Easter, the Roman Catholic Church considered that this steady movement was undesirable.

 

That said, when my friends/family ask me what I want for Xmas, my reply is:

– Increased Health Practices for their bodies (your body/temple is of first importance, without you, there can be no change for others)

 

– Increased good deeds towards others by them (either by participating in something as simple as Facebook reposting all the way up to sacrificing their time and money to volunteer hands on)

 

– In regards to signs of Appreciation for my being; I ask for seeds so I can help others plant their own food, starter food producing plants, useful tools and resources/$ and such other items for me to match with causes in need, shelter,  love/hugs/laughter/memories, pictures, creative art items, health/wellness products, friendship…. as I think of more to add to my Xmas list, it will show up here.

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all my loved ones.

Tim

 

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