We posted this in last year’s newsletter, but this is its first posting on the new website and certainly worth repeating again…
Merry Christmas from the Kitsap Patriots Tea Party!!! Share in the joy of the birth of our Savior with family and friends. Also, take this opportunity to present a history lesson to the children under your influence.
Who is Santa Clause? The real St. Nicholas was a bishop and, as explained to TheBlaze by Dr. Adam C. English, “was a politician, a businessman, a patron, a protector of the people, a judge, a lawyer and a social activist. If he were alive today, he would be wearing a business suit and running for office.” Church leadership was actively engaged in the culture and matters of government. TheBlaze continues, “Truly a story that would pluck at the heartstrings of most fiscal conservatives, St. Nick, who resided in modern-day Turkey, once went to Constantinople and petitioned for lower taxes for residents of his town.” The St. Nicholas Center explains, “The people of Myra were suffering under the burden of heavy taxes. They begged Bishop Nicholas to ask the emperor to relieve them of the high taxes which caused such hardship. Nicholas went to Constantine to plead the cause of his people. The emperor heard Nicholas’ pleas and granted a large reduction. … A century later Myra’s people still attributed their low taxation to St. Nicholas.”
Encourage church leaders in Kitsap County, like Bishop St. Nicholas, to voice the truth beyond the walls of their church. Support the Kitsap Patriots Tea Party’s special project “Speak Without Fear“.
History also presents a beautiful example of Christmas conquering hatred. Christmas Eve 101 years ago, during World War I, British and German soldiers took a moment to step out of the trenches to share in brotherly fellowship as equals in the eyes of God under the same human malady needing a Savior. The New York Times (Note: broken link reported to the New York Times staff) relates, “World War I had already claimed close to a million lives… Yet on Dec. 24, much of the Western Front fell silent as ordinary soldiers made temporary peace with the enemy. This was the remarkable Christmas Truce of 1914.”
“And then they sang “Silent Night” – “Stille Nacht.” I shall never forget it, it was one of the highlights of my life. I thought, what a beautiful tune.” -Pvt. Albert Moren of the Second Queens Regiment
“We shook hands, wished each other a Merry Xmas, and were soon conversing as if we had known each other for years.” -Cpl. John Ferguson of the Second Seaforth Highlanders
“Eventually the English brought a soccer ball from their trenches, and pretty soon a lively game ensued. … Thus Christmas, the celebration of Love, managed to bring mortal enemies together as our friends for a time.” -Lt. Kurt Zehmisch of Germany’s 134th Saxons Infantry Regiment
In 1930, the New York Times headlined a story titled “Legend of Foes Fraternizing in War” telling of the event.”For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. (Isaiah 9:6-7 [KJV])” “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee (Isaiah 60:1 [KJV]).”