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Veni by CaptainZammo Veni by CaptainZammo
I know Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are all past---But the Christmas season doesn't begin for me until Sunday. "For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophets bards of old,
When with the ever-circling years
Shall come the time foretold,
When the new heaven and earth shall own
The Prince of Peace, their King,
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing."

Prepare your hearts for the coming season...and remember WHY we have it...
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MollyFootman Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As a cantor and member of the choir at our church I always look forward to Advent, Captain Z. This is a really nice picture and I VERY much appreciate the sentiment. I am a cradle Catholic but have kept the Faith (more or less... some things about Catholicism are very unfriendly to teh Mollz and women in general). Advent is my favorite Liturgical season for the sense of hope and optimism it brings. :love:
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mojoexcalibur2000 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
What does Christmas mean...Santa Claus, shopping, exchanging presents, eating good food.... that is a resounding NO. These are just tiny peripheral aspects of the core reason. I may not be as religious as I should be but this is the time of year that focus should be brought back to the real meaning.

Thank you for reminding people.
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echoarty Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well said, Well made, and Well done. :)
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riverine69 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I remember as a child in the 1950's that my mother, who was Slovak, followed an eastern European tradition around the beginning of December (the sixth seems to come to mind, for some reason) which I believe she called St. Nicholas day. She would take one of my rubber boots and fill it with various fruits and walnuts and put it on a windowsill the night before. These were supposed to be gifts, not for Santa Claus, but for Jesus. I was allowed to take the gifts the next morning in His honor. We would still celebrate Christmas on December 25th as well.

It may have had something to do with the Gregorian calendar, but I do remember her mother, my grandmother doing the same thing up until her passing.

It's touching to see how many ways people in different cultures honor the Christmas Holidays.
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CaptainZammo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saint Nicholas was Archbishop of Myra. His Saint Day is celebrated Dec 6. It was the Americans who linked him with Christmas Day with all the other accoutremonts (elves, reindeer and the North Pole) So it wasn't the Gregorian Calendar, it was the Ecclesiatical one...
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riverine69 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Thank You, Cap! You cleared up an old memory of mine.

From Wikipedia [link]

It also jogged my memory about the coins in the boots for St. Nicholas my mother would put there and (I had it backwards), the next morning the boots would have candy,fruits and walnuts. Remember, it's been over 60 years ago I first remembered it.

I notice in the Wikipedia entry it was done both in the Roman and Orthodox churches and also the Lutheran, all of which were common to Slovakia prior to the turn of the 20th century when my grandmother immigrated from there to the US.
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Femfan1 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
A very nice sentiment and a well-done image. Have a joyous holiday season!
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NachomanAndyRavage Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen! Sometime I act like a greedy selfish jerk around Christmas, but then I think about the savior and it humbles me. Pretty picture, by the way.
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CaptainZammo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I act like a greedy selfish jerk most of the year Andy. But I also try to keep this in mind and stay humble with my jerkness.
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NachomanAndyRavage Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said. This mindset should be held all the time to keep the jerkness from running wild 365 days a year.
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