From the Venerable Master (December, 2015)

posted Dec 12, 2015, 3:17 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Mar 11, 2016, 3:23 PM ]

My Brothers and their Ladies,

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year!  This is the time when families come together to celebrate the many faces 
of this holiday season.
Have you ever wondered why we celebrate the 25th of December as Christmas?  The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336 AD, 
during the reign of the first Christian Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that date.  Some Orthodox churches celebrate Christmas on January 7th due to the switch from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar which caused a loss of ten days.
Do you know the origin of kissing under the Mistletoe?  In Norse mythology, it was a symbol 
of love and friendship. During the Medieval period, people believed mistletoe could bring good 
luck during December and ward off evil spirits.  By the way, the name mistletoe derives from two Anglo Saxon words – “Mistel” meaning dung and “Tan” meaning 
twig, otherwise “poo on a stick”.  Not quite as romantic when you know that.
Remember there will be a Night of Instruction on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 6:30pm. Please make reservations now!

Fraternally, Jack Harris  -  Venerable Master