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December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to all the world

Topics: Faith

Wishing all a very merry Christmas, in what has turned out to be a record year for tourism in Bethlehem with tens of thousands of Christians having arrived from around the world for a traditional Christmas at the Church of the Nativity, the site where Jesus Christ was born.

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And there's no better music to celebrate Christmas than listening to the beautiful voice of Martina McBride performing O Holy Night ...

... as well as this awesome viral video from Nov.13 2010 when unsuspecting shoppers got a big surprise while enjoying their lunch at the Welland Seaway Mall, Ontario, Canada. Over 100 participants in this spectacular Christmas Flash Mob, singing "Hallelujah Chorus" from George Handel's Messiah. Sung by members of the Chorus Niagara:

As for who celebrates Christmas in America, new studies show that nine in 10 Americans (91 percent) celebrate Christmas, including many non-Christians. A majority of agnostics or those claiming no preference (89 percent) celebrate Christmas, as well as those from other religions (62 percent), and even atheists (55 percent) observe the holiday in some way. Gallop finds that 51 percent of Americans observe it as a "strongly religious holiday," up from 49 percent in 2006 and 40 percent in 1989.

"Over the past three decades, the percentage of those who celebrate Christmas and describe it as a 'strongly religious' holiday for them has increased," the Gallup Poll report notes. ... Thus, the religious aspect of the Christmas holiday may be growing in importance; ...
Again, Merry Christmas to all, on this day that we celebrate the birth of Christ ... and the TRUE religion of peace!

Meanwhile ... As Pope Benedict XVI delivered his Christmas message urging peace throughout the world, especially in the Middle East ...

... the Dutch arrest 12 'men of Somali origin' thought to be ready to launch jihad attack as Muslim 'radicals' murder Christians in Nigeria and Iraqi church officials canceled many Christmas celebrations out of fear for their parishioners' being murdered by Islamists.

Posted by Richard at December 25, 2010 8:24 AM

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