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Getting Into The Christmas Spirit

Dear Friends,

As we countdown the days until Christmas (5 more!), we thought we take some time to share with you some random facts about Christmas.  Today’s facts are brought to you by the History Channel:

For example, did you know that the first recorded mention of Christmas was in 336AD?  Prior to that the Epiphany (the celebration of the arrival of the Magi) on January 6th and Easter (the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus) were the focus of Christian celebrations.

In fact, church officials were the ones who selected the date of December 25th to coincide with the existing pagan holidays celebrating Saturn, the Roman God of Agriculture, and Mithra, the Persian God of Light.  Church officials thought it would be “easier to convince Rome’s pagan subjects to accept Christianity as the empire’s official religion.”

As time went on, the celebration of Christmas and the birth of Jesus spread through most of the Western world, except in part of colonial Puritan New England, where its observance was banned “because they viewed its traditions—the offering of gifts and decorating trees, for example—as linked to paganism. In the early days of the United States, celebrating Christmas was considered a British custom and fell out of style following the American Revolution.”  In fact, at one point anyone in Massachusetts caught celebrating Christmas was fined 5 Shillings! Christmas in America did not became a federal holiday until 1870.

Below is a video from the History Channel, if you’d like to learn more.

Stay well—and live a good life!

Merry Christmas!

Philip & Marilyn Langner


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Holiday Workout

Dear Friends,

As we wrap up Thanksgiving weekend and head into the Christmas season, we received this proposed workout for the holiday season and thought it was too good not to share!


holiday workout

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Remember The Alamo!

Such wonderful news:  Texas has won the day!

The Alamo Drafthouse Theater released a statement saying that it will open the controversial movie, The Interview, on Christmas Day.

It makes such wonderful sense that Texas would be the state to lead the charge, because Texas has a great history of fighting and winning against her enemies.  And we feel it’s no coincidence this charge is led by a Texas company with the name Alamo!  Remember the Alamo!

It is interesting to see that Texans who own movie theaters had the courage to stand up and say to Sony Pictures “we’ll play the movie and we’ll play it on Christmas Day!”  And now independent theaters in other states are starting to join in on the release date.

We are dying to hear how the opening—Christmas—day will be received.  We are so proud of this wonderful state.  A great aspect of this Christmas Day Opening is that it says who we are as a nation and that we will not be cowed into forfeiting our freedom of speech.  If we do that, then the hackers who are trying to cause and incite panic will win.

In the realm of the arts, we have always had to fight harder for our rights to be heard and we applaud these amazing theaters willing to step up and say “let the show go on”!

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