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Too soon for Christmas lights

Posted: November 9, 2012 - 9:39am

I am grossly underwhelmed by the prematurity of the city’s Christmas decorations. It is bad enough that retailers insist upon putting out the Christmas goods long before Halloween. What is the message here? Christmas is not supposed to be about how much money we can spend and how early we can get our shopping done or buying to keep the doors of local businesses open — but that is the message I am seeing. Plus it breaks the cherished tradition of Christmas Comes to Kenai which, as those of us who have lived here for many years know, happens close to Thanksgiving. Where is the sense of tradition? What is separating us from being just another small town? What’s wrong with small town traditions? I am disappointed beyond words. For me it adds another reason to move from Kenai. We are losing sight of our old fashioned small town appeal and nature.

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Allen 11/10/12 - 07:09 pm
What happened to energy

What happened to energy conservation? The Clarion editorial said a couple of days ago that people should conserve energy in their homes, but doesn't mention the City of Kenai's Christmas light overkill. Government agencies need to start conserving energy too.

Seafarer 11/12/12 - 04:58 pm
Big Money For HEA

I so totally agree with you, Sherrie! Why can we not enjoy one holiday, without the pressure of another? It is way too soon for Xmas decor.

And I thought we were supposed to conserve energy. Did these lights go up right after the drill? Why don't you early birds just hand a $200 bill to HEA and wait until the time is appropriate? Like maybe December 1? Let us have a meaningful Thanksgiving!

My grandgirls cannot tell the diffs in the holidays. Commercialism and greed in it's finest. The stores with the Xmas displays should be ashamed.

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Watchman on the Wall 11/12/12 - 08:03 pm
It is a shame

My wife and i came back thru Kenai from NK Friday night and we also were talking about the lights and as we went by the Salvation Army store we noticed close to 20 xmas trees as you walk in the door. We both commented on the fact that we have not even GivenThanks yet for the bounty the Lord has provided this nation with and now these signs are being forced upon us all.
But the lights & trees are a SIGN of whats coming and an early warning signal to get ready as it will be here before we know it. Many will not be ready for it's arrival inspite of the SIGNS until the last minute and even then some will fail to prepare and suffer GR8 wrath for their lack of preperation.
It's way to early for the city lights and city xmas tree to already lite up.

Cogliostro 11/14/12 - 07:17 am
It seems fitting..

Christmas, or Saturnalia/yule/etc, was abducted by early christians as a way to convert people to their religion to fill the church coffers. Why is it a surprise that it is now being co-opted by someone else to fill different kinds of coffers? This is the capitalism that you christians keep professing your undying affection for.

Pretty soon we'll be picking up our Christmas trees in July. At least it'll be a bit warmer!

Keep Saturn in Saturnalia!

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 11/15/12 - 11:50 am
Notalis Solis Invicti

In 274 when the solice fell on Dec. 25th Roman emperor Aurelian proclaimed the date as Notilis Solis Invicti, the festival of the birth of the invencible sun.
Thus the birthday of the sun god was more that most christians could take but were powerless against the pagan emperor and unwilling to be killed for their condemnation of the pagan holiday.
In 320 Pope Julius I got tired of the many differant churches celebrating the actual birth of the Christ on many differant days, so he declared that Dec 25 was the official day even though it is not. Christ was more than likely born on one of the 3 Fall feasts of God, either Trumpets, Atonement or Tabernacles.

For a good read about all the many holidays we celebrate check out Ace Collins book on 'Stories Behind The Great Tradition Of Christmas,' it shows the falsehood of why Christians should not believe or practice these holidays as well as anyone else for that matter as they all stem from pagan false god worship in Hopelessness towards the creation, rather that the Creator and his promised redemption for his Creation.
Thanks Cogliostro for bringing this up and i agree, why would supposed Christians continue to practice these false religious pagan worship practices?
Because they know not what they believe in, is the answer, and we go back to that old song, "When you believe in things you don't understand, then you suffer."

Ace Collins book also reveals many other traditions that we also don't understand, but practice on other holidays like easter, as well, GR8 Read.
Take the practice of Caroling, it was done by the very poor against Rich people and the poor would actually Threaten the rich in songs of if you don't give us what we want, we will take it from you and you will suffer greater loss. OOPS! Sounds like a sharing equally song being sung now days with the OWS groups & even world wide.

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 11/28/12 - 01:27 pm
It is Still way to early

It's still to early for the display of these pagan lights and working towards the winter soltice holiday.
Funny how this supposed celebration to the Son God, is actually to the sun god & why is it such a wonderful time of year.
Santa the supposed All Knowing Omniscent bearded one is actually the symbol & center piece of this feastive time and Christ the actual ALL KNOWING Savior of All is not really included in this pagan feast at all. But thats actually a Good Thing this pagan worship holiday that has elevated Santa above Christ, as it's really not about Jesus the Christ, nor his birth, now is it, because we all know that Christ was not born in December, but probably Sept when shepards are still in the fields with their sheep?
It's about the art of deception and mixing a little truth in with much falsehood and getting people to follow traditions of men, rather than declared Feasts of God.
If you want to celebrate a feast of lights, then celebrate Hanukkah, which falls between Dec. 8th till Dec.16th, eight days of light, an actual feast that Jesus the supposed reason for the season of christ-mas also celebrated, see John 10:22 Feast of Dedication of the Temple.
It's hard for people to admit that they have been DUPPED by the master SuperDupper, Lucifer, the one that changes the Times and the Seasons of God into other kept pagan days & observances to twist or remove any remembrances of the Truth of Christs coming to Redeem all of mankind and nature from the curse of sin.
Happy Hanukkah one and all as we celebrate the True Light of the World and his coming to give gifts to men, gifts of redemption and forgiveness and eternal hope & change to believe in.
I use to celebrate this christ-mas holiday until i saw the True Light and learned exactly what was being done to decieve people into false rituals and holidays that have no actual true meaning for anyone. It's hard to stop old actions no matter how much truth one learns due to our pride of not wanting to know we have been suckered and are still suckered at times like this. As i said above read Ace Collins book of the Traditions of christmas and others for a better understanding of these feasts we practice not knowing why we do so nor what they actually mean.

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