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  • Writer's pictureKaren Brittingham-Edmond

Afternoon Tea with KBritt Topics: Post Christmas Blues - Church Happenings - Father Murdered By His Son On Christmas Eve - Polar Bear Plunge 2024 and more

Dec 29, 2023



Have You Noticed How Adults Seem More Chipper The Day After Christmas When Other Adults Seem Sad? There's a reason for that.


It's accurate; many adults feel relieved the day after Christmas as if they've crossed a finish line. And the race is over. But there are others who experience a sad patch in their day. Plus almost a type of dread that the holiday season has passed.

Christmas is an annual festival celebrating the birth of the Messiah Jesus Christ—a Palestinian Jew. The birth of Christ is observed traditionally on December 25. And it is America's tradition to call babies born the first day of Winter till the day after Christmas "Christmas Babies. Multitudes of people worldwide enjoy celebrating this unique holiday to the point of being relieved when the holiday season passes. Unlike the negatively effected portion of Christmas celebrators, who experience post depression symptoms after Christmas Day: "Christmas Blues Distressed Syndrome." (C.B.D.) In short, one group seems to feel as if they finished a worthwhile race once surviving another Christmas. When others earnestly desire to hold on to the holiday season to the point of leaving their Christmas decorations up until spring.



The history of Christmas.

Back in the day, many families enjoyed an old-fashioned Christmas that followed the liturgical year, also called a Church Year or Kalendar, we spell calendar. The Kalendar year provided a map of when seasons were to change, a celebration of saints, and what section of the bible a Christian is to read at an appropriate time. In early times, pilgrimages were coordinated during holy days because many Christians from Europe were illiterate. So giant beautiful facade artworks were designed on the doors of cathedrals plus on the inner walls of cathedrals that depicted the Prophecy of Jesus Christ and his 30 some-odd years of life that led to the fulfillment of the prophecy.

 "Prophecy:

"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

  though you are small among the clans of Judah,

out of you will come for me

  one who will be ruler over Israel,

whose origins are from of old,

Micah 5:2

The artwork showed European characters that could easily relate to the demographic participating in the pilgrimage from Europe and Eurasia.

Hence, celebrating Christmas is uniquely special because it's not just a birthday or pilot launch of a new covenant with God. However, an actual fulfillment of a 2000-year prophecy that's traceable plus was repeated in a diversity of major and minor prophets' books throughout the Old Testament. Depending on how folks interpret the season, it can be emotional and mysterious. Moreover, the thought of family members who could make the season bright with joy and happiness who have passed away can stir up reflections of past memories. As well as the plethoras of long-term homes that were lost by citizens in N.J. because of Jim Crow rental practices and overcrowded from insourced workers and their families crossing into the United States via the Mexican Border. All may contribute to how some bounce through the Christmas season without the blues because one group is secure and stable. Where on the contrary, some folks experience the blues post-Christmas after suffering the loss of a loved one or long-term place of residence. To learn how to overcome post-Christmas blues, please click the link.


Join us this Sunday for our NYE Worship, December 31, 2023 at 9:30 am, 7:30 pm, and 10:00 pm. www.CathedralInternational.org

Latino Man Hits A Woman In The Head With A Brick On Christmas Day 2023


Christmas Day, just after midnight, a 52-year-old woman was reportedly attacked by Justin Lopez of Landisville, New Jersey. Per a report by Veronica Flesher of the Middletown Patch titled: "Woman Hit With Brick, Strangled On Christmas In South Jersey." published Dec 29, 2023.

Shares that the victim was taken to Inspira Medical Center in Vineland, NJ. The victim's condition is still listed as critical. Police confirmed that the victim plus attacker were acquaintances. But no one knows why Lopez, on the wee hours of Christmas morning, would not only hit a woman in the head with a brick. But also attempt to strangle a critically wounded female. To learn more, please click the link: https://patch.com/new-jersey/middletown-nj/s/iu1lr/woman-hit-with-brick-strangled-on-christmas-in-south-jersey-police?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert&user_email=8b63617579edf54cbadf7183154015d85784f08e1cf6f4064784661f1b651b81&user_email_md5=e90707a6228d470c252bb1bc33689a6b&lctg=6571e20423b29a937d012200



Thirty-three-Year-Old White Male Murders His Father On Christmas Eve 2023 In Morris County, NJ


According to a Middletown Patch reporter, Vianella Burns's report titled "Man Killed Father With Axe, Saw On Christmas Day." on Dec 26, 2023, shares that a 61-year-old man was attacked by his 33-year-old son on Christmas Eve. The accused utilized both an axe plus an operated saw to murder his father. At approximately 1:15 P.M., police were alerted to respond to an emergency call. Victim Gregory Meyers, per report, was found in the basement of his home with injuries to his left leg, head, fingers, plus hands. To learn more about why Mr. Meyer's son Kyle attacked and brutally murdered his father, please click the link: https://patch.com/new-jersey/middletown-nj/s/itzuw/man-killed-father-with-axe-saw-on-christmas-eve-report?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alert&user_email=8b63617579edf54cbadf7183154015d85784f08e1cf6f4064784661f1b651b81&user_email_md5=e90707a6228d470c252bb1bc33689a6b&lctg=6571e20423b29a937d012200


New Jersey Transit Train Fatally Hits A 74-Year-Old Pedestrian.


A 74-year-old man named Nagi Jacob was killed by a New Jersey Transit Train Wednesday morning around 5:30 A.M. Per a Middletown Patch article shared by Alexis Tarrazi and Vianella Burns Wednesday, December 27, 2023, titled "Man Hit, Killed By NJ Transit Train On Gladstone Branched Identified." This is the fifth deadly incident this year where pedestrians were hit by trains. Two Somerset County residents were fatally struck by trains this month. One was twenty-one-year-old Joseph DeBari, an accounting major at Seton Hall University. Plus, on December 13, 2023, Thirty-six-year-old Keith Harvey, a sports writer for "The Stillman Exchange" of Seton Hall University on December 15, 2023. To learn more about the fatal train accident trend happening in New Jersey, please click the links: https://usafacts.org/articles/are-train-derailments-becoming-more-common/ https://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/15/nyregion/death-shares-commuter-tracks-new-jersey-suicides-illustrate-morbid-lure-rails.html


The Polar Bear Plunge at Wildwood returns on January 13, 2024!

Sign-up today!



The Polar Bear Plunge at Wildwood, presented by Law Enforcement Torch Run, is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to support Special Olympics New Jersey athletes by jumping into the frigid Atlantic waters during January.

Plunge Schedule and Location

10:00 a.m. – Registration Opens

12:45 p.m. – Plungers head to the beach

1:00 p.m. – PLUNGE!!!

1:15 p.m. – Lunch

Wildwoods Convention Center – 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ, US





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