Happy Epiphany 2018.
Happy New Year and merry eighth day of Christmas! The eighth day of Christmas is the day your true love gives to you eight maids a milking. (See: “The Twelve Days of Christmas” song).
The New Year celebration is a part of the twelve days of Christmas because the calendar is based on the birth of Christ. All human history revolves around the one eternal God made flesh, who became a human baby.
New Year prayer:
Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love You and worthily magnify Your holy name; through Jesus Christ , our Lord.
— Lutheran Service Book, p. 312, “For purity.”
These outdoor pictures were taken in December 2008.
“Holiday” is short for “Holy Day,” which means a day that is sacred, set apart, or devoted to God. Because of Christ, God has declared all days of rest to be holidays.
May you have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
(Since the calendar is based on the birth of Christ, both holidays are really the same). Jesus was born approximately 2011 years ago.
Jesus is the light of the world. He is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6).
At Christmas we celebrate the incarnation of God almighty as a human baby born in Bethlehem. He came to save his people from their sins and to take us to heaven.
Since the Incarnation is eternal, Christmas or Christ-mass never ends. God is always Emmanuel, he is always with his people. (Matthew 1:23, 28:20).
Merry Christmas and happy New Year!
Notes: The outdoor pictures were taken in December 2008. The indoor pictures were taken in January 2010 at the Paine Art Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (in the only room they allow amateur photographers).