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The Book of Mormon does not have a "story of Christmas" in the same sense as the Bible does, because it was not set in the land of Israel (except for the very beginning of the book.) Therefore, there is no coverage of the birth of the baby Jesus and the events surrounding it. It does, however, repeatedly prophesy of the coming of the Savior, that he would ...


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"Chronograph" 1 – a document dating to 354 AD 2 in Rome: This was a list of martyrs and their birth dates, and a list of bishops of Rome and their birth dates. The Chronograph lists these dates (birth dates) in calendar order. The first date listed is the "8th of Kalens of January" ("Kalens" is used to refer to the first of a month – putting a number in ...


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An important question to answer about any prophecy is "What is its intended meaning to the people to whom it was delivered?" Not that it can't mean something more/different to people later, but it certainly had to mean something to the original audience. If we look at v5 of this passage: Jeremiah 10:5 (NASB) “Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are ...


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Why should Christmas be meant to replace anything? The liturgical year is riddled with merriment, every other day is a feast or a solemnity or at least an observance of some pious memorial. Other than to denounce Christ or the Churches that keep Christmas, there is no reason to conflate some pagan festivity no one cares about with Christmas. If there ...


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Christmas has no biblical origins, it is meant to celebrate Jesus's birthday. In fact the church recognized Christmas's pagan origins and banned in England in 1647. Reformation in the 19th Century In America it was banned between the years of 1659-1681. Christmas as we know it really didn't start happening until the late 1800's and even then it was foreign ...


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This is not the entire answer, however, I'd like to give you a perspective that may inform the answer. I grew up in a Christian home, where Santa Clause was forbidden, whereas my wife grew up in a Christian home where Santa Clause was a celebrated and beloved part of the holiday. When I read you question, I could almost here the voice of my mother speaking ...


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The Star which led the wise men was a new Heavenly body. Matthew chapter 2:KJV 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. The Star may not have been a Star, ...


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Typically, yes, most denominations how special services on Christmas eve, and some, possibly, on Christmas day. (More details coming.) In Catholic Churches, there is the Midnight Mass. There's also Christmas Vespers for several denominations including the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, and Anglican Churches. The LDS Church has some unique ...


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I think what you're looking for is detailed in Matthew 2:1-12: After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and ...


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It was winter, and the Festival of the Dedication of the Temple was being celebrated in Jerusalem. Jesus was walking in Solomon's Porch in the Temple, when the people gathered round him and asked, "How long are you going to keep us in suspense? Tell us the plain truth: are you the Messiah?" - John 10: 22 The Hanukkah festivals that Jesus ...


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The answer to this question is simple. It is: Mystery, Bablyon the Great. The Babylonian mystery religion is the source of all paganism on earth. At the time of the holiday that some call easter, the sun god osiris supposedly impregnates the moon goddess, isis. 9 months later, the sun god reborn hatches. Some call him mithra. He has a variety of names, ...


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If we look at the part from Matthew, it is clear that Mary knew she was pregnant, or was getting pregnant before Joseph did. Joseph thinks about putting her away before he has a dream where he is told to stay with her. Matthew 1:19: 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away ...


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It is possible that Joseph's home was in Bethlehem and he had only temporarily moved to Nazareth because he was working on a construction project. I don't know of any case where an ancient government required the majority of people to travel a long distance for a census. If we read Matthew's account of Jesus' birth, we find that Joseph and Mary intended to ...


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Thanks, Mason. Even though the events of the Book of Mormon happened in the Americas and not in Jerusalem, I would have to say that it does have its own "story of Christmas", and that is what I'd like to share. Samuel's prophecy We have a Primary song -- a children's hymn -- that I'd like to share. It's called "Christmas in Zarahemla", and it goes like ...


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On the authority of the Catholic and Orthodox Church, Santa Claus is as real as Abraham Lincoln or George Washington. And just because people exaggerate his exploits doesn't make him less real. If Santa Claus isn't the impetus behind putting presents under the tree then who is? The three kings, some friendly Christmas gnomes, the Child Jesus Himself? ...



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