The Christmas Story

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    Dec 25, 2010 2:02 AM GMT
    To all of those who celebrate Christmas, here is the story of Christmas, Luke 2:4-20, in English and French. Feel free to post in other languages if you'd like.

    Merry Christmas to you all!

    English, Luke 2:1-20 (New International Version)
    4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

    French, Luc 2:1-20 (La Bible du Semeur)
    4 C'est ainsi que Joseph, lui aussi, partit de *Nazareth et monta de la *Galilée en *Judée, à Bethléhem, la ville de *David: il appartenait, en effet, à la famille de *David. 5 Il s'y rendit pour se faire recenser avec Marie, sa fiancée, qui attendait un enfant. 6 Or, durant leur séjour à Bethléhem, arriva le moment où Marie devait accoucher. 7 Elle mit au monde un fils: son premier-né. Elle lui mit des langes et le coucha dans une mangeoire parce qu'il n'y avait pas de place pour eux dans la pièce réservée aux hôtes. 8 Dans les champs environnants, des bergers passaient la nuit pour garder leurs troupeaux. 9 Un *ange du Seigneur leur apparut et la gloire du Seigneur resplendit autour d'eux. Une grande frayeur les saisit. 10 Mais l'ange les rassura: N'ayez pas peur: je vous annonce une nouvelle qui sera pour tout le peuple le sujet d'une très grande joie. 11 Un *Sauveur vous est né aujourd'hui dans la ville de David; c'est lui le *Messie, le Seigneur. 12 Et voici à quoi vous le reconnaîtrez: vous trouverez un nouveau-né dans ses langes et couché dans une mangeoire. 13 Et tout à coup apparut, aux côtés de l'ange, une multitude d'anges de l'armée céleste qui chantaient les louanges de Dieu 14 Gloire à Dieu au plus haut des cieux! Et paix sur la terre aux hommes qu'il aime[b]. 15 Quand les anges les eurent quittés pour retourner au ciel, les bergers se dirent l'un à l'autre:Allons donc jusqu'à Bethléhem pour voir ce qui est arrivé, ce que le Seigneur nous a fait connaître. 16 Ils se dépêchèrent donc d'y aller et trouvèrent Marie et Joseph avec le nouveau-né couché dans une mangeoire. 17 Quand ils le virent, ils racontèrent ce qui leur avait été dit au sujet de cet enfant. 18 Tous ceux qui entendirent le récit des bergers en furent très étonnés. 19 Marie, elle, conservait le souvenir de toutes ces paroles et y repensait souvent. 20 Les bergers s'en retournèrent, louant et glorifiant Dieu au sujet de tout ce qu'ils avaient vu et entendu: c'était bien ce que l'ange leur avait annoncé.
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    Dec 25, 2010 4:14 AM GMT
    LOLcat, Luke 2:1-20

    Jeebus iz bornd

    1 'Roun dis tiyem, Agustis Seezr wuz like, "I can has sensus?"2 ('Coz while Quirinius was Teh Boz of Syria, is invisible sensus!)3 And all teh doodz went home for teh saying, "I iz heer!"4 So Joseph went from Naz'reth to Judeeah to Bethlehemm whar David wuz borned, 'coz David wuz hiz graete-graete gran-daddie,5 An Mary went wif him, 'coz she was gonna be married wif him an she had Jeebus n her tummy oven.6 When they wuz ther, it wuz time for teh kittn to be borned.7 it wuz a boy, so he wuz wrapd in blanket like burrito an placd him in fud dish (srsly!), cuz innkeeper wuz liek, no room here kbai!

    Sheep-doodz n Angels

    8 Then there wuz sheep-doods in teh field, an they wuz watchin teh sheep in teh dark. Iz vry vry boring. srsly.9 An suddenly, visible angel! An glory! O noez!!10 But teh angel sed, "DONT AFRAID OF ENYTHING! it r ok, you can has gud news for all teh doodz!11 Todai in da city ov David, you can has sayvur! is Christ da Lord! w00t!12 Iz sign fer u, find da kitteh wrapd like brrito in a big fud dish."13 An suddenly, moar angelz! They sez, 14 "w00t to teh Ceiling Cat! An peace fer doodz he luffs! Kthxbai."
    15 An when da angelz go invisible again, sheep-doodz sed, "sweet, nao we find teh brrito-baybee sayvur!"16 So dey left da sheeps (sheeps r vry borng) and found Joe an Mary and da baybee in da fud dish.17 An when dey saw it wuz baybee an not brrito, they told evrywun he wuz kewl,18 An all teh doodz who herd were lyke, "neat-o brrito!"19 An Mary wuz lyke, "o rly?"20 Teh sheep-doodz sed, "Yay fer Ceiling Cat! Was not invisible brrito!"
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    Dec 25, 2010 5:07 AM GMT
    Boooooring....
    Christmas is all about getting things.... And spending money. And then getting things.
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    Dec 25, 2010 5:11 AM GMT
    Import saidBoooooring....
    Christmas is all about getting things.... And spending money. And then getting things.


    Maybe in the Church of What's Happening Now! Is that the church you go to???
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    Dec 25, 2010 5:19 AM GMT
    Hi my name is god and I'm going to create the earth, then wait 14 billion years and have a baby be born in the desert somewhere to tell them about me! icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 25, 2010 5:19 AM GMT
    Thanks for posting this story.

    Christmas has become so contrived, many don't even know there is a story, whether you believe it or not.
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    Dec 25, 2010 5:38 AM GMT
    Well, there was an absolute "Christmas to the Max" service at The Cathedral of St. Philip tonight in the good old ATL.

    Merry Christmas!!
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    Dec 25, 2010 4:59 PM GMT
    Nice Post Merry Christmas to all
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    Dec 25, 2010 5:01 PM GMT
    The real story of Christmas: party wild, get drunk and have sex for 7 days in honour of the planet Saturn (the farthest visible to the naked eye, and thus the ruling planet of the solar system lol)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturnalia

    Now THATS my kind of holiday icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 25, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
    amar_m saidThe real story of Christmas: party wild, get drunk and have sex for 7 days in honour of the planet Saturn (the farthest visible to the naked eye, and thus the ruling planet of the solar system lol)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturnalia

    Now THATS my kind of holiday icon_cool.gif
    Only 7 days?
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    Dec 25, 2010 5:33 PM GMT
    amar_m saidThe real story of Christmas: party wild, get drunk and have sex for 7 days in honour of the planet Saturn (the farthest visible to the naked eye, and thus the ruling planet of the solar system lol)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturnalia

    Now THATS my kind of holiday icon_cool.gif


    No wonder am having more sex than rest of the year combined icon_biggrin.gif