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Does anyone have an item of apparel or an accessory that they wear every Christmas and only on Christmas?   Sure you do, and if you don’t, you likely know someone who does.   Maybe it’s your aunt’s gaudy Christmas sweater that surely should have seen the trash by now.  Maybe it’s your grandpa’s flashy tie that will blind you if you look at it too long.  (But, it does help keep you awake after the eggnog.)

For me, it’s a little Santa Claus tie tack.  I have owned this tie tack since grammar school,  back when people wore tic tacks, right around the time when the Wise Men rode their Wedwand Camels to visit the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. These days, I wear it pinned to whatever shirt or sweater I wear on Christmas.  Not sure why, but I do.

Please share if you have a goofy thing you see worn or that you wear every Christmas.

My research revealed that there is no evidence that Christmas was celebrated until 336 AD.  Archives of ancient Rome in that year contain an entry, “25 Dec.: natus Christus in Betleem Judeae.”

We are relatively certain this refers to the first Christmas, however, it could also indicate there a 25 length point spread in the Christus / Betleem Judea playoff chariot race held in December.   Here’s a little more detail on the story:

http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/301-600/the-1st-recorded-celebration-of-christmas-11629658.html

Round about the same time, give or take a couple decades, a Roman Christian Poet by the name of Aurelius Prudentius (circa 348 AD- 405 AD) was waxing poetic in the Latin language.  He put down this little ditty that is quite possibly the first Christmas Carol written and it is still in many hymnals at your local churches to this day.   Maybe you’ve seen or even sung it.

If you close your eyes and set the way back machine to a time long ago,  in a chapel dark and far away, perhaps you can feel the reverence of the occasion in this chant-like version of a wonderful ancient song.

Cherish the time you spend with family and friends.

That sweater and tie may be gone by and bye so make it a Christmas to remember.

Peace.

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