Disasters at Christmas
What is it About Christmas?
This is an examination of events that tell us we may often be punished for believing in falsehoods and leading others astray by what we impose on them. In many ways this applies to Christmas.
Parents provide and children believe and it is called magic. But it is really the art of deception. Tricking little children and reinforcing in them that's its OK to lie is not my idea of what we should be teaching them. But it was not always so, however, times have changed and what used to be a bit of fun for the family is now a great commercial enterprise ruled by over indulgence and alcohol in most cases.
Look at the innocence of this little boy who is excited about presents under a tree. But would he be thrilled to know that this whole thing is a lie and he is being made a fool of?
Being spiritual this is not enjoyed by me as it means that lies and commercialism are all that matters to the majority and they bring the rest of us down to their level of thinking. That is if you are weak minded.
Taking a harder look at the time of the year and what it delivers brought some pertinent facts to the fore.
Perhaps it is time to question what make-believe and escapism does to the inner person, to the inner voice and the ability to make sound judgment. Perhaps this is going out on a limb but it has to be told
The Terror and Work
Is it really worth it?
After my children were born it was necessary for me to work to keep them. My then husband paid nothing towards them or the upkeep of the house. So the lessons of what this time is really about hit home when his behavior became intolerable..It happened a long time ago and the Spirit showed me the evil of the time by what it brought to the family.
Every year around this time the Ex arrived home drunk and abusive. It was my job to do the shopping, cooking, cleaning and housework with 3 young children on my hands. Without income from my business, which took up a lot of my time, we would have starved. When he arrived in this state the pain I felt lingered for days. This is not unique as many women suffer this kind of pain but they brush it off. It was not that simple for me to dismiss it so lightly.
One Christmas while decorating the tree with tears streaming down my cheeks from tiredness, anger and frustration, while knowing how he would turn up drunk again, it was the end. What was this time all about? Who says we have to lie to our children? Why can't they get presents and know who bought them? Why can't those things be given when they need them? Why can't they be acquired when the prices are not hyped up as they are at this time. Why do we need a feast to celebrate the return of the sun, because that is what it is really about. Why, why why?
Christmas or Christ mass was introduced by the Catholic Church based on the celebration of the return of the sun after the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. There never was a Jesus Christ, as that image was invented by Constantine, as noted in Revelation 13:13-18. He is labelled 666 and there was no Christianity before his time.
Why are we so stupid as to fall for the lies that have buried the truth? Why do we spend a fortune on presents, many of which are unappreciated or given away, sold on e-Bay, or returned to the store. Why are we so stupid as to bash ourselves around this way, and for what?
As the tree got decorated and my stress grew so did the questions - and then it was enough. As he walked in the door high on grog and incoherent in his excuses everything folded between us. It was 11 pm and I was still cooking and cleaning for the following day. It was expected that his parents and sister would arrive, which they did, and that they would be served, fed, liquored and bowed down to while I used make-up to cover the bruising over my eye where he had clobbered me. He carved up the chook and carry on like a dutiful husband while I smiled while hiding my pain.
The children woke early and showed a degree of excitement as they opened their presents, which had cost me heaps. Then the grandparents and aunt arrived, his mother, father and sister. The latter had despised me from the first, mainly because I was not a Catholic and, therefore, not good enough for her golden haired brother.
My mother was dead and father lived several hundred miles away on the south coast. My sisters and brother had their own families and lived a fair way away also. I was expected to just be here for his family who lived only a few kilometers away. He, on the other hand, was refreshed, unstressed and a great host. He fluttered around as though it was all because of him that the day went off so well.
The huge sack of presents they brought with them, supposedly from Santa, were mostly identical to the ones I bought. The feeling that they were trying to outdo me with my own children has never gone away. That's when my brain said enough. This is ridiculous. The kids ripped open their presents as though they had never seen anything like it and within days I was discarding most of them as broken bits of junk.
There was no joy here only pain, work, debt and terror. It was the last time we had Christmas in my home. But to his family he was providing everything and I was featured as a gold digger.
Did I Make the Right Decision? - Would you have done the same thing under these circumstances?
Is Christmas so vital to the welfare and successful upbringing of children that we bypass the normal things of life?
Is Christmas really that great? - Who is that strange man in a suit - really?
With all the problems associated with it and the anger, stress and frustration that many feel as a result I learned that I am not the only one who felt this way. Now most of my family abhors the time and my brother and two sisters all hate it. So is Christmas a great time or should it be faded out?
We watch now in horror as people max out their credit cards for a few hours of fun for which they may end up paying an exorbitant price. The real Credit Card thief wears a hefty disguise as your money fades into the never never.
Christmas only started in the last couple of centuries and has increased in momentum because of commercialism and advertising. It has subsequently become one of the craziest times of the year and many call it the 'silly season'. Parties, alcohol, drugs, and all the work associated is still only part of it. Shopping for hours on end to buy gifts for everyone who you think should be included is another stress. Credit cards make it even worse if used as the interest piles up. Even the gifts themselves can cause stress if they are not wanted, unappreciated, or completely off the mark. Take away the gifts and what do you feel when you are excluded?
That's how many people feel who have no family, no celebration, no one to share it with. So why should we put that much emphasis on a single day. It has nothing to do with God because its origin is in a Roman dominated fraud and lie related to the death and resurrection of the sun at solstice. You can read about that here.
The facts are that Christmas, as with all such festivals, is now a great commercial enterprise that draws people in and forces them to spend their money. Prices are highly inflated, more lies are told to the children than is good for them, and men dressed up as some grossly overweight fairy to give them presents is a recipe for disaster, Young children cannot tell the difference between that man giving them presents and a man in the street offering to give them gifts if they go away with him. How do we know that the man on whose lap they now sit is not a pedophile or potential kidnapper? In today's world should we really be confusing them and putting them at risk in this manner?
Children are encouraged to sit on a strange man's knees outside shops to tell him what they want for Christmas while dutiful parents then charge in to charge up the card and lug the stuff home. What a ridiculous situation. The shops make a fortune but there is no magic here. Its simply using children to extract the maximum amount of money from their parents. This is puppet on a string and humans are so like sheep that they act in accordance with what's expected rather then what's right.
Are you in favor of Christmas
Without the Make-believe things Happened
Peace and joy came back into my life
It happened that we separated after my husband was served with a Domestic Violence Order. That is a court order to prevent his violence and divorce proceedings were begun.
Then it happened that I was able to take my two older children and myself on a trip to Europe while he took the younger one on a skiing trip to the snow. She was only 7 at the time and too young to appreciate the trip and the stress of it.
It was my bargaining point as the children were told how it was costing me a fortune and, therefore, there would be no more Christmas presents but that when they needed something they would get it. This went down well and has never been a problem.
From then on the Spirit started to work in my life and many things happened to change it completely and to bring me to realize that make-believe and Christmas lies oppose God. Not only do people suffer who engage in the fancies of the time but disasters hit the world on a massive scale.
The more one is caught up in Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and other commercially led festivals the worst they suffer. Many of their children develop diseases which are incurable, or have accidents which are often fatal or debilitating. It all hit home and perhaps the first tragedy after this was Cyclone Tracy, right on Christmas Day.
As the world gets even more caught up in make-believe, led also by Hollywood, so global warming, climate change, hurricanes, like Katrina, and then the big Tsunami on Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, happens. So too do other tragedies related to religious festivals of all types. The Hajj often brings deaths on a massive scale and not so long ago a thousand or more people were crushed during the pilgrimage to Mecca.
It struck me then that God is trying to tell us something. How much do we have to take of the pain, the suffering, the tragedies and the things that are coming before we wake up that these things are anti-spirit. That God is angry and retaliating. If these so-called sacred events were pleasing to the Spirit would they be related to so much disaster?
What are your best Christmas Memories? - Family or Commecialism
There was once a time when Christmas represented a family gathering with an exchange of gifts between family members. There was no hype, no Santa Clause, very few drunks and lots of laughing and happiness. Those are the times I remember in my young years. Being around the adults that meant so much to me throughout my life and sharing the day as a rather large family.
Do You Think Commercialism Has Taken the Joy out of Christmas
What is it About Christmas that brings Disaster?
The Spirit's anger and retaliation may just be the cause
While many are celebrating and having a great festival time with family and friends there are so many more that are carrying heavy burdens and are in deep mourning. Not being a religious person and with a deep sense of spirituality it was a shock when the real facts about Christmas disasters hit home.
From Cyclone Tracy, which wiped out the city of Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory on Christmas Eve 1974, to the huge Tsunami which hit the Indian Ocean countries on Boxing Day 2004, killing over 300000 people there are numerous accounts of major disasters that strike at this time. It is not relevant to the country or people and probably does not matter what religion they follow, if any, but there is a bump that happens to send the world into turmoil and people into shock.
The accompanying map shows the area of impact. As houses, businesses, resorts and agricultural land were devastated the rebuilding of some areas is still going on. Sand up to several meters deep cover what used to be farmland, the topography of many areas has changed and even the vegetation is different.
The regions devastated by water
A Christmas Disaster in Darwin
Everything was gone, including the town.
Cyclone Tracy -
This windstorm blew Christmas off the radar and made thousands of people homeless. Not only people but animals who suffered through it were also homeless as their habitat disappeared. The town was almost completely blown away. The environmental impact was huge and winds reached up and over 300KPH.
The harbor was full of debris, ships were overturned and sunk, some fishing vessels did not make it back. The news came through to the rest of Australia on Christmas morning as the cyclone had occurred the night before.
Darwin is in and area known as the 'top end' of Australia, in the Northern Territory and it is on the Gulf of Carpentaria. The area is prone to such strong winds but this one was the worst. It compares to Hurricane Katrina which arose in the Gulf of Mexico.
The devastation after Cyclone Tracy
Christmas, Boxing Day Tragedy
On a mammoth scale.
Indian Ocean Tsunami -
Boxing Day 2004 and an earthquake in the Indian Ocean off Acai in Indonesia sent a wave across the indian Ocean from coast to coast. No country in its path was spared and images emerged of people drowning, of water flooding into towns and wiping out villages. Nothing in its path was spared. Over 300,000 people died that day.
There was no escape from the wave. When it came people stared at it in amazement without realizing that within seconds many of them would be dead. Few escaped as entire families or the majority of the members were wiped out. Children survived without parents, some parents survived without their children or spouse. Houses were gone, infrastructure was gone, buildings were gone, entire towns were gone. Who can forget the day.
There was no escaping this wave
Another Kind of Christmas Disaster
Tsunami in Indonesia - Some amazing footage of the event
Indian Ocean Tsunami - As amazing as it sounds people did get to record the impact of the wave and the devastation afterward. We saw the images so often broadcast on television that we were eventually sick of them But we need to be reminded of just how vulnerable we are and that nothing is permanent.
This video has some incredible footage.
The Accidents and Catastrophies we Don't Hear About
There are accidents and catastrophes throughout the year but most are associated in some way with religious festivals. We don't know everything and to blindly state that these things are an act of God is one thing but what is the human element in making them happen?
The Spirit left messages about man's deceit and God's retribution and this is just one of them:
And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies; but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me . . .
And they deceive every one his neighbor, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.
Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me , . . .
Therefore . . . Behold I will melt them, and try them . . . . Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in heart he lays in wait.
Shall I not visit them for these things . . . . Jeremiah 9: 3-9
So why do most deceive themselves, their children and others? That is the question of this lens.
The following is a list of just some of the dreadful things that have occurred at this time.
The following informaton is gathered from Wikipedia Open Source,
- 1933 December 23: Lagny-Pomponne, France
France's worst ever railway accident involved France's largest steam locomotive when it crashed at speed into the rear of a train standing in the station. The driver of the Paris - Strasbourg express failed to heed several adverse signals as he strove to make up to make up lost time. The locomotive, a 4-8-2 (241) struck the standing train at a speed of approximately 60 mph reducing the wooden coaches to matchwood. Two hundred and thirty people died and 300 were injured.
- China Mine Disasters
November, and to date December, have been two of the cruellest months in Chinese coal mines regarding tragedies and deaths. Disasters occurred in such frequency over the last weekend of November - 102 deaths in five separate coal mine mishaps - that the director of China's State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS), Li Yizhong, lashed out at operators, provincial regulators and local authorities during a teleconference of safety officials on 28 November.
- Indian Disaster
December 3 in history has proved to be a largely disastrous day. On 3rd December 1984, at almost the stroke of midnight, over 2000 people died in the Indian city of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The death was caused by a leak at a Union Carbide pesticide plant, a leak of over 40 tons of Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) gas which was deemed to be very toxic. The 2000 over initial deaths were just the start the of the tragedy, throughout the years, due to inhalation of toxic fumes and other gas-related deaths, the total toll of the tragedy caused over 25,000 deaths and over 100,000 left with permanent injuries making the tragedy at Bhopal the world's worst industrial disaster.
This is an extract from an email from Casa de Milagros to Channel G
. . . with christmas and a party for 300 kids and two school parties and then on christmas eve the mountain fell on our pueblo and buried some of our neighbors..little milagros 8 yrs was carrying the doll on her back that we had given her the day before at our party she was buried in the mud along with her grandmother..so the mountain fell onto our resavoir and we haven't had water since just what we can haul in and with 35 people in the house it's never enough. the whole village does not have water...oh my hard to live without water...
Is Christmas an Especially Dangerous Time - Or does it just seem that way?
In Australia it is hot and when Christmas has ended for another year many families have stood outside their burned out homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs and often having lost children, parents, other relatives and animals in the fires with many severely injured. Several people have died on the road ranging from 2 year old to 70 year old. Last Christmas a pregnant woman was struck by a car while crossing a road and lost her baby. Several children were drowned in swimming pools, the last one just 2 years old. It is also the anniversary of the Newcastle earthquake that killed several and caused millions of dollars worth of damage.
Many people commit suicide because of loneliness over Christmas. When children and family turn away from them it often becomes too much to bear. The day itself has such significance in most people's lives that senses are tuned in and when it doesn't happen many people loose it.
Because they are off the radar this problem can be hushed up. Few would know that the death toll from suicide is greater at this time. few too would appreciate that the Christmas carols and other music played in shopping centers and throughout the media are offensive and bring a lot of pain to people who no longer believe and who do not want to be reminded of tragedies. My sister and I both steer clear of most shops at this time.
A dear friend, Harry, whose twin daughters did not invite him to share Christmas confided in me that he could not face another time like that. As he dwelt on it the problem grew and grew until he took his life. I doubt that his children even miss him. So why is this day, above every other day, worse for the lonely and rejected? Why does it have so much power that it can kill? This is not from God but more like the work of the devil or witchcraft, if you believe in such entities.
What is it that grabs you the most about the period. Is it the make-believe, the family gatherings, the children, or something else? You can leave a comment in the comment box down the bottom of the lens.
What's your impression of the Christmas period
Personal Disasters Make it Worse
A family left without its dad
December to January is a time when nature turns on us for some reason. But it is not just nature but man who is pushing the limits with parties, alcohol and stress.
This first came home to me many years ago, long before marriage and children. It was Christmas Eve and my 20 year old cousin was driving home when a car slammed into the back of him. he was definitely jolted around but apparently went home feeling OK. During the night he got neck pain and in the morning he was dead as a result of a broken neck.
It was Christmas Day. Brian was married when he was just 16 and already had fathered 5 children, one was deceased from cot death and there was a set of twins. His wife was to discover she was pregnant again. The children had looked forward to the day when the magic would happen and they could open all those presents under the tree. Now no one felt like opening anything and from that time on every Christmas was a period of remembrance of that horrible day. Being an only child his parents, wife and extended family were devastated.
But why should such a tragedy happen on this particular day when the Western world celebrates the birth of Christ? But that might just be the point. It triggered an awakening that turned me off the festivities and into something of a watch to see what else this time could bring to the world.
It is an amazing fact that at this time the world becomes rather chaotic, as you will see below. Only a taste of them is shown here and references are given so that oyu can read more on each of them.
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