Merry Christmas!

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To all my faithful readers (all 2 or 3 of you), I want to wish you a very happy and merry Christmas and a wonderful and prosperous (and should I add, published?) New Year.

Note I did not say "happy holidays," or "seasons greetings," or any other of those politically correct phrases. With the possible exception of Hannaka, which I believe Christians can also celebrate, alongside our Jewish brothers and sisters, Jesus is the reason for the season. So I hope we will all remember the birth of Jesus Christ on this most special and wonderful of holidays.

Speaking of the birth of our Savior, how many of my faithful readers know when Jesus was actually born? Was it in the deep of winter as we now celebrate it? Was it actually on December 25th? I'd like to get your feelings about that. As a clue, think: shepards watching over their flocks by night.
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Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a "Prune Picker," though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

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Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2007

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  1. And a merry Christmas to you, too. And new year, a published one, as well.

    Does is snow in the Holy Land? The average winter lows are near 40.

    The dates of Christ's birth and death, while a popular mystery for many to try to solve in various ways, weren't seen as relevant enough to record in the Bible. The important parts were that he was born, died, and was resurrected.

    If only there had been better spreadsheet capability back in those days, eh?

  2. You're on the right track. Again, think of when shepards watch their flocks by night. Not in winter, I assure you.

  3. P.S. Bob.

    And thank you for your Christmas Greeting as well. I hope the best for you and your writing career.

  4. Baby lambs, at that.

    Just to add another clue. :)

    Merry Christmas, Paul.