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Re: Winter solstice

In a message dated 12/19/2002 9:28:27 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
labehotiere@wanadoo.fr writes:

> "I would like to know what other cultures do at solstice."
> One thing another culture at the WINTER solstice is to celebrate the birth 
> of Christ.  No one knows when that is supposed to have taken place.  
> However, the Bible states that shepherds at the time were attending their 
> flocks.  In and around Bethlehem, however, flocks at the end of December 
> were penned up in caves----caves that initially were houses and then had 
> extensions built on out in front.  So the sheep were penned up with the 
> people living in the extensions until the sheep were taken out again in the 
> spring.  The caves were cleaned up and became rooms again.  That is one 
> explanation for Christ being born in a manger.

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