Happy Hellidays: When Holidays Lose Their Holiness

Happy Hellidays: When Holidays Lose Their Holiness

by Thomas Murosky, Tyler Gayan

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Overview

Is Christmas just a repackaged Pagan holiday? Should we worry about dressing in a costume in October as being akin to worshiping the Devil? Why do we give people pink candies in the middle of February every year?

If you are like many modern Americans, the calendar rolls on and these days appear and disappear. The stores become colored with the seasonal hues as we are coerced through peer pressure to buy flowers for that special someone, keep candy on hand for the neighborhood children, and let’s not forget to make room in the freezer for the bird we plan to roast just before darting out of the door way too early to find ourselves shopping, spending money we often do not have to buy more things we can barely fit into our houses. The heart of the holidays is missing.

As we examine each holiday, we will explore the original meaning of each of our modern faith-based celebrations, comb through the myths and present the best research we have to date about the origin stories. We will explore not only those origins, but the ebb and flow of seasonal opinion over the years including how we have become numb to these special days. We conclude each chapter with a call to return to Godly worship.

We will look first at what a holiday is in scope of Biblical analysis and then focus on the sin of covetousness as it relates to the American approach of holidays. Finally, we will tackle the holidays in the order they appear in the calendar year. We examine the origin of New Year’s celebrations, Valentines and St Patrick’s Days, Easter, Halloween (yes, it does have Christian roots), Thanksgiving, and finally Christmas.

For those of you who want to know the dirty details about how God mandated many holidays, we have an appendix exploring the many required Jewish feasts.

Chapters:

What’s In a Holy Day?

The Baals of Today

New Year’s Revolutions

Buy My Valentine

A Pinch for not Drinking Green

The Bunny and the Tomb

Happy Helloween

Hear Comes Satan Clause

Old Testament Holidays

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732569669
Publisher: Our Walk in Christ Publishing
Publication date: 06/08/2019
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Thomas Murosky has a background in the Biological Sciences earning his Bachelors in Biochemistry and Doctorate in Molecular Toxicology. He has taught at Bucknell University and Western Wyoming Community College. While as a student and professor, Tom worked in several capacities as a children's and youth worker having served the local CEF board, as a counselor for Christian camps, Awana programs, and other youth outreach including a decade of work in Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America.
He stepped aside from teaching and academics to work as a technology consultant to focus more time on writing, blogging, and video production in the area of Christian teaching with a focus on discipleship and sanctification. His first book, Testing and Temptations, is about how we are called to transform our lives to be like Christ in the process of Sanctification. His second book, The Art of Shallow Neighboring is parody book calling us to better Christian discernment in the books we read. His third book, I AM Not Amused calls for sober analysis of the media entertainment industry. In addition to these, Tom produces videos on current Christian events and sound theology.
You can find more information and other books Thomas has authored at www.ourwalkinchrist.com.

Tyler works on a variety of media projects including writing, poetry, writing, and music production. As of co-writing Happy Hellidays, he is a recent high school graduate.

Aside from his media work he enjoys spending time with his family and with animals. He has been a lifelong church attendee, but came to a true knowledge of faith after wrestling with, and overcoming, sin. It was God who helped him to see Christ.

Table of Contents

What’s In a Holy Day?

The Baals of Today

New Year’s Revolutions

Buy My Valentine

A Pinch for not Drinking Green

The Bunny and the Tomb

Happy Helloween

Hear Comes Satan Clause

Old Testament Holidays

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