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Sound Off: Is Christmas always on Sunday?

No, but Christmas always is on Dec. 25.

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Jayhawker07 3 years, 6 months ago

Easter is always on Sunday, not Christmas.

Kirk Larson 3 years, 6 months ago

Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. How Pagan is that?

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

Very Pagan, Cappy. And, the exact dates and manner of celebration of almost all of the Christian holidays have their origin in old Pagan traditions.

This is a slightly edited clip of a posting I made on this forum on January 11, 2012:

The origin of an evergreen tree being used as a "Christmas tree" is an ancient pagan symbol of eternal life because it does not lose its green color in the winter.

As Christianity spread across the world, it was rather flexible in adapting pagan traditions into itself in order to become more acceptable to the populations that were being converted.

Among the first pagan traditions incorporated into Christianity was to celebrate Christmas on December 25. Long before, the Roman pagans had the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25.

And later, the pagan use of evergreen that was used to celebrate the 12 days of the midwinter Yule festival in the British Isles, thus "the twelve days of Christmas", was also incorporated from an old pagan religion.

The Christian custom of “kissing under the mistletoe” is a later synthesis of the sexual license of Saturnalia with the Druidic sacrificial cult.

Another relic of a pagan religion that can commonly be found in Christian celebrations is the use of rabbits and eggs that were used to celebrate celebrate the ancient fertility festival in the spring.

Conveniently, Easter also fell in the springtime, so they were also incorporated into the Christian Easter celebrations.

December 25, evergreen, rabbits, and eggs have absolutely no basis in any of the Christian scriptures.

RoeDapple 3 years, 6 months ago

. . . . what day does Monday fall on? . . .

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

Really. Someone should take a look at a perpetual calender.

Christmas is on a Sunday in only G and M years.

That is, in 1904, 1910, 1921, 1927, 1932, 1938, 1949, 1955, 1960, 1966, 1977, 1983, 1988, 1994, 2005, 2011, 2016, 2022, 2033, 2039, 2044, 2050, 2061, 2067, 2072, 2078, 2089, and 2095.

From 1901 to 2100, those are the years that Christmas is on a Sunday.

Matthew Herbert 3 years, 6 months ago

This seriously got published? The Lawrence Journal World- groundbreaking journalism.

JackMcKee 3 years, 6 months ago

Who is buried in Grant's Tomb? What color is the White House? What country invented Mexican food? Where is the Great Wall of China? What is gold made out of?

There I just gave you the next 4 weeks worth of questions.

Bob Forer 3 years, 6 months ago

lol, What day of the month does the Fourth of July fall on.

Bob Forer 3 years, 6 months ago

lol, What day of the month does the Fourth of July fall on.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

True Fact, I Was There: At a Fourth of July celebration many years ago, a high school foreign exchange student was asked:

"Do you have a Fourth of July in Japan?"

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

I know who asked that question, but he will remain nameless on this site.

Orwell 3 years, 6 months ago

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 6 months ago

The bottom of the barrel has been reached.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

I'm not so sure about that, snap. I'm still working on comebacks for everyone's comments in this thread.

When I'm done, then we will surely be scraping the very bottom of the barrel!

bad_dog 3 years, 6 months ago

Why didn't the LJW reveal who they consulted for the answer? Hmm, I smell a conspiracy, here.

If a plane crashes on the U.S./Canadian border, where do they bury the survivors?

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

That reminds me of a car accident that I had in January 1974, when I was younger and dumber. There was some ice on the highway, and I slid off the road and collided headon with a tree. Yes, I know it messed with my head, but never mind that.

The interesting thing was that almost all of the skid occurred in Shawnee county, but the tree that I collided with was in Douglas county.

The policemen on the scene had to make a determination as to which county the accident had occurred in, and thus decide who had to fill out the accident report.

They decided on Douglas county, because the tree was obviously in Douglas county. I had only skidded in Shawnee county.

maisy 3 years, 6 months ago

For accident purposes it is where the "First harmful event" occurrs. Therefore, when damage was caused to your vehicle, you were in Douglas Co. The skid marks caused no damage.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

The "First harmful event" was when my father gave me the keys to that car.

Lenette Hamm 3 years, 6 months ago

At first glance I thought my eyes were deceiving me. Then I decided I hadn't had enough coffee yet. But then.... WTH??? Slow news day, or the JW is picking on less-than-dim-lightbulb-bright folks. ;~)

evilpenguin 3 years, 6 months ago

Hahaha, this has just officially made my day!

Jay_Bird 3 years, 6 months ago

The fact that this question was even asked...

And the fact that this question was even published...

Is why this country has all the problems it has. End of story!!!

Brad Greenwood 3 years, 6 months ago

This is what happens when you start cutting funding for education.

Blue_Falcon 3 years, 6 months ago

Hey, LJWorld! I’ve got your Sound Off question ready for May. “Is Cinco de Mayo going to be on May 5th this year?” If you need a few more questions, then you can ask, “Why is water wet?” Maybe try “Why is the sky blue?” I might need to revisit this Sound Off closer to December in case I forget that Christmas is not always on Sundays. Thanks for the laugh!

Matthew Herbert 3 years, 6 months ago

actually, the scientific answer to 'why is the sky blue' is quite complex in nature.

evilpenguin 3 years, 6 months ago

I was going to say I would be quite interested to know why the sky is blue....

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

The sky is blue because of the effect that the refraction index of the molecules in the atmosphere has on sunlight.

Jayhawker07 3 years, 6 months ago

Yes, that is why they call it Easter Sunday.

RoeDapple 3 years, 6 months ago

How many tic bites before you need a transfusion?

RaynRavyn 3 years, 6 months ago

Well, now... Deer ticks? Dog ticks? How long were they on there? The ticks aren't the ones you gotta look out for... Them danged 'skeeters -- those critters will drain ya in no time. Big as birds, I-tell-you-what! N swattin 'em do do no good, just makes 'em mad....

classclown 3 years, 6 months ago

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

shorttrees 3 years, 6 months ago

As many chips as a chipmunk could chip if a chipmunk could chip chips.

kernal 3 years, 6 months ago

It's entirely possible a child asked this question, in which case no question is stupid.

beatrice 3 years, 6 months ago

Where does the sun go at night?

When the Tooth Fairy retires, will she only take false teeth?

Who is on First?

How much wood can a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

If a tree falls over in the forest with no-one around, does it count against my carbon credits?

Is it true that Texas doesn't fall into the Gulf because Oklahoma sucks?

Kirk Larson 3 years, 6 months ago

"That's why all the trees in south Kansas lean towards Oklahoma." I thought that was because Nebraska blows.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

Men are always wrong, because we don't have women's intuition.

And that only that, we have only one thing on our minds.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 5 months ago

Yes, that. My advice is to buy it, because it's cheaper that way.

5thgeneration 3 years, 6 months ago

Q: Why are fire engines red?

A: Because books are read too. Two times two is four. Four times three is twelve. There are 12 inches on a ruler. Queen Elizabeth was a ruler. Queen Elizabeth was also a ship. Ships sail the ocean. Fish live in the ocean. Fish have fins. The Fins fought the Russians. Russians wear red, and fire engines are always rushin'.

beatrice 3 years, 6 months ago

If wishes were fishes, would we all cast nets?

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

Not until those chicks quit flashing him!

sickofdummies 3 years, 6 months ago

Hey, hey, hey. There are NO stupid questions. Only really stupid people.

pace 3 years, 6 months ago

this reminds me of the new calender some people would like to change to. That calender might have Christmas always fall on a Sunday. I like the idea but I wouldn't want my birthday to always fall on a Saturday, then I would have to have a party every year.

pace 3 years, 6 months ago

What is not to like about turtles.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

Salmonella. They almost always carry it, that's why it's no longer legal to sell them as pets.

pace 3 years, 6 months ago

Armadillos carry leprosy, bats rabies. If it isn't one thing it's another.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

That's very true. But your dog will always love you, and your cat will always use you.

irvan moore 3 years, 6 months ago

did this question have a missouri postmark on the envelope?

pace 3 years, 6 months ago

It is a stupid question, the only thing stupider is someone ranting about it.

jaywalker 3 years, 6 months ago

What the? Is this like those man-on-the-street interviews where they ask questions like "what's the capitol of Chicago?"

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

I know the answer to that one!

Don Vito Corleone's house.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

Oh, no, that's wrong! That's the capital of New York City!

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

The correct answer is: Al Capone's house.

acg 3 years, 5 months ago

LOL. Was watching something last week and a bunch of british chicks were having a conversation with a native american woman. They asked the native american woman what her nationality was and she said "native american". One british chick turned to another british chick and said, in her cockneyed accent "I don't think we have those in London, do we?" LOL. I about died. The native american woman went on to explain what the dynamic was between native americans and brits and the british chick said "how have I never heard of this?" People never cease to amaze me.

KSChick1 3 years, 5 months ago

watched Disney's Pocahontas movie at the theater when it came out years ago, where I think Mel Gibosn voiced the englishman John Smith that Pocahontas supposedly saved from her father Chief Powhatan...and some dipstick dad there with his kids got up from the movie and said, "you'd think they could have come up with a better name for him than John Smith" What the ??? And that man procreated! Scary!

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 5 months ago

You have no way of knowing if he procreated. They could have been his stepchildren, perhaps they were adopted, or maybe they were the result of artificial insemination.

But in any of those cases, there has to be some really stupid woman out there somewhere.

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