Episode-115- A Survivalist View of Christmas

Today we pause and take a moment to reflect on Christmas and how it has become the Holiday we celebrate today.  Many American’s have no idea just how Christmas became unique here in America, the role it played in bringing our nation together after two wars of independence and the civil war.  Christmas is special and a time to pause and reflect.  Christmas is indeed a special time of year, today I will cover many aspects of it that may make this Christmas just a bit more special.

Tune in today to hear about…

  • Christmas was banned in England at one time and even parts of America
  • Early Americans didn’t really celebrate Christmas, (congress was in session on Dec 25th, 1789)
  • In the early 1800s Christmas was a rowdy holiday spurred by class conflict, turmoil and unemployment
  • In 1819, best-selling author Washington Irving wrote The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon bringing us many “ancient customs”, he simply invented
  • Leading up to the Civil War, Christmas was a “southern holiday” and Thanksgiving a “northern holiday”
  • How Christmas and Thanksgiving together helped to heal a young America
  • Today is a time to pause, reflect and just be, prepping, planning and stress will all wait patiently for you
  • Different ending music for today’s show!  The most beautiful version of Oh Holly Night I have ever heard, just pause, listen and realize what really matters while it plays.

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6 Responses to Episode-115- A Survivalist View of Christmas

  1. Wow! What a powerful and humbling podcast today!

    I wish to extend to you and yours (and everyone else as well) a warm, safe and joyous holiday season. (For me, that means “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”!)

    I have decided to pass on today’s podcast to everyone on my contacts list.

    Thank you for your contributions to our daily (and future) lives.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my family.

    (p.s. I WILL be going into podcast withdrawl until the 5th.)

  2. Here’s to all those who choose to survive – and even thrive – in the coming crisis, and build a better world when we are done!

  3. Merry Christmas Jack, to you and your family.. hope santa is good to you this year!!!

    Take care, look forward to hearing from you after your vaca!!


  4. Thanks for the Christmas message. Beautiful song at the end – who was the vocalist? Wow..
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  5. Modern Survival


    Thanks for the kind words! The artist is Martina McBride can’t remember the album it was on but I THINK it is a Christmas CD that was all her, not like one of those multi artist compilations but I am not sure on that. I will check when I get back and let you know.

  6. Wonderful sentiments Jack. People have always come together during the Solstice. Thus the persistent traditions we celebrate – gifts of food, warmth, community. Unfortunately, Jesus was born in April, so that is when there would have been the ‘silent, holy night’. Christmas is celebrated in December by order of a pope, in order to displace the Saturnalia/Yule celebration; then a President fixed the date at December 25th. Still, everything we do on December 25th is from the old traditions, unless you follow the political dictates of popes and presidents in rearranging reality.

    I hope everyone had a great Solstice!

    May there be peace on Earth.