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Truth about Chrismas

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The Truth About Christmas

The Christmas Spirit Is SpreadingWHY?

DO YOU look forward to Christmas? Or does its approach fill you with nervous apprehension? Millions of people ask: ‘Whom will I get gifts for? What should I buy? Can I afford it? For how long will I be paying off my debt?’
Despite such concerns, Christmas remains very popular. In fact, the celebration has even spread to non-Christian lands. In Japan most families now celebrate Christmas, not because of its religious significance, but purely as a festive occasion. In China “Santa Claus’s cheery red face is plastered in shop windows in major cities,” says The Wall Street Journal, adding: “Christmas fever is gripping China’s newly rising urban middle class as an excuse to shop, eat and party.”
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In many parts of the world, Christmas has been a great boost for local economies. That is especially true of China, which is now “an export powerhouse of plastic trees, tinsel, twinkling lights and other yuletide trinkets,” says the Journal.
Predominantly Muslim lands also promote Christmaslike festivities, although not necessarily on December 25. In Ankara, Turkey, and Beirut, Lebanon, it is not unusual to see shop windows dressed with tinsel-covered evergreens and gift-wrapped packages. In Indonesia, hotels and malls sponsor festive events, and children can dine with Santa or have their picture taken with him.
In Western lands, Christmas is now largely secular and commercial, with many ads “blatantly pitched at children,” said Canada’s Royal Bank Letter. Granted, some people still attend Christmas services at a church. But it is the shopping malls, resonating with carols, that have become the new temples. Why the change? Could the reason be connected with the origin of Christmas? What are its roots?
Before discussing such questions, it would be good to read the Bible accounts on which Christmas Nativity scenes are supposedly based.


The apostle Matthew: “After Jesus had been born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, look! astrologers from eastern parts came to Jerusalem, saying: ‘Where is the one born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when we were in the east, and we have come to do him obeisance.’ At hearing this King Herod was agitated.” So Herod asked “the chief priests . . . where the Christ was to be born.” On learning that it was “in Bethlehem,” Herod told the astrologers: “Go make a careful search for the young child, and when you have found it report back to me.”
Astrologers visiting Jesus “They went their way; and, look! the star they had seen when they were in the east went ahead of them, until it came to a stop above where the young child was. . . . When they went into the house they saw the young child with Mary its mother.” After presenting Jesus with gifts, “they were given divine warning in a dream not to return to Herod, [so] they withdrew to their country by another way.”
“After they had withdrawn, look! Jehovah’s angel appeared in a dream to Joseph, saying: ‘Get up, take the young child and its mother and flee into Egypt . . .’ So he got up and took along the young child and its mother by night and withdrew . . . Then Herod, seeing he had been outwitted by the astrologers, fell into a great rage, and he sent out and had all the boys in Bethlehem and in all its districts done away with, from two years of age and under.”—Matthew 2:1-16.
The disciple Luke: Joseph “went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to David’s city, which is called Bethlehem, . . . to get registered with Mary . . . While they were there, . . . she gave birth to her son, the firstborn, and she bound him with cloth bands and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the lodging room.”
“There were also in that same country shepherds living out of doors and keeping watches in the night over their flocks. And suddenly Jehovah’s angel stood by them, . . . and they became very fearful. But the angel said to them: ‘Have no fear, for, look! I am declaring to you good news of a great joy that all the people will have, because there was born to you today a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, in David’s city.’” At that the shepherds “went with haste and found Mary as well as Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.”—Luke 2:4-16.
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Appeared in Awake!  December 2010

Inside My Mental.

  • Thought

There's so many ventures and wonderful places in the world....i wonder if there's a special place that i may gain for my own actions and choices.....would i reside and a Utopia....or a dark place...someplace hidden and unwelcome ..a nightmare of some sort...i sat in the sun and did my daily bible reading ..placing myself into the thoughts and mind of Solomon the wise....There's ways i could've ended up up on my venture of life but reflecting back on my past choices i wouldn't stress on changing any passionate decisions I've made-never! I'm forwarding into my maturity and progress of life and coming out well i would say.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

State of the Art

  • REEM-C Humanoid Robot

When it comes to designing humanoid robot, your robot should look consistent from head to bottom. There are some dos and don’ts rules as well as various styles and approaches. Plasticpals tried to apply those rules for PAL Robotics’ contest to design their forthcoming humanoid robot, REEM-C.
REEM-C has a beautiful helmet that can be used to conceal the microphones. The face has been designed to be minimalist since not any of PAL Robotics’ earlier robot designs have integrated eyelids, brows or lips. The REEM-C logo serves as the chief indicator light and aids to brand the robot; however, it can change color in order to signify the robot’s internal status. Its shoulder joints are capable of rolling 90 degrees into this position even without the upper arm stabbing on the shoulder. Since the fingers are covered in semi-translucent rubber, they appear to be in lighter color.
Designer : Plasticpals
REEM-C Robot Design

REEM-C Robot Design
REEM-C’s elbow joint takes its inspiration from the SONY ORIO and is capable of bending even further. Its upper back is a concave oval from where the back-facing camera goes, whose main purpose is to track things going on behind it. In order to hide internal mechanisms, the back of the legs fold inside the calve just like the folding elbow. The legs are capable of rolling and twisting up to 90 degrees at the hip that would allow it to revolve 90 degrees to either right or left in just 2 steps.
REEM-C Robot Design
REEM-C Robot Design
REEM-C Robot Design
REEM-C Robot Design
REEM-C Robot Design

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REEM-C Robot Design

REEM-C Robot Design
Tuvie has received this project from our ‘Submit A Design‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their design/concept for publication.