2016: Joyous Christmas Wishes

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With sincere best wishes for a Merry Christmas to all of our readers.

May the peace and goodwill of this holiday season be with us all. We express our gratitude to our service personnel, many stationed far from their own families, who ensure our countless freedoms.

May God continue to bless America.

Seeing Red AZ

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5 Responses to 2016: Joyous Christmas Wishes

  1. blained13 says:

    Merry Christmas to all

  2. azgary says:

    Merry Christmas to all, with Best Wishes for the New Year, one which I have a sense of Great Optimism that I have not felt for a LONG time

  3. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Merry Christmas to all.

    Better times ahead. We have America back.
    I think God intervened.

    God bless..

    • Tucson GOP says:

      I agree that God intervened. America was facing a calamity of monstrous proportions.

      Last night marked the first night of the eight day celebration of Chanukah, also known as the Festival of Lights. Christianity’s roots are Jewish. The date is not static since it is based on the Hebrew calendar.

      According to the Talmud, in the year 168 B.C., Syrian despot Antiochus sent his soldiers to Jerusalem to desecrate the holy Temple and rename it for the Greek god Zeus. He also outlawed the practice of Judaism. The choices for the Jewish people were conversion or death, as was later the case during the Spanish Inquisition in the late 1400’s.

      A devout family headed by Judah Macacabee, led a military resistance movement. Though outnumbered they and their followers miraculously won two major battles against their Greek-Syrians oppressors. The small jar of oil they had is said to have lasted eight days, which is why Chanukah is celebrated for that length of time. Chanukah is considered a minor holiday but is widely celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods and gifts. The various spellings (“Hanukah, Hanukkah”) are due to the attempt to make it more aligned with English pronunciation. Most Jewish observers pronounce the “Ch.”

      Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!! How fortunate we all are to live in this great country and welcome in a new administration in 2017. Prayers were answered.

      • Observer says:

        Thanks for the Chanukah background. It was interesting.

        I hope this scene from an Episcopal church in Florida as President-elect and Mrs. Trump enter the sanctuary gets widespread play. It speaks volumes. The Obama’s and Clinton’s must be cringing!!