In the days before radio, television, video machines, and computers, people entertained one another during the long winter evenings of the CHRISTMAS SEASON. They told stories, danced, sang songs, or played games.
The Bible names only one of the ANGELS who appear in connection with JESUS’ birth. The GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE states that the angel Gabriel appeared to the Blessed Virgin MARY to tell her that she would bear a son whom she should name Jesus (Luke 1:26-35).
The sap of the frankincense tree (Boswellia carteri or Boswellia thu-rifera) dries into hard, yellowish brown lumps of gum resin known as frankincense. In biblical times frankincense was prized as the very best kind of incense. It was one of the GIFTS that the MAGI presented to the baby JESUS.
Many Americans enjoy watching college football GAMES on New Year’s Day. This tradition dates back to the early years of the twentieth century when the first of these “bowl” games, the Rose Bowl, got its start.
First Night is the name of an alternative New Year’s Eve celebration begun in Boston in the year 1976. The organizers of this event promoted the festivities as an alcohol-free, family-oriented New Year’s celebration.