Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Real Reason For Groundhog Day

Is it:
[ ] Groundhog day?
[ ] Christmas?
[ ] Easter?

Why, that reminds of the little back woods church. It'd been closed down for years, but with the religious revival, they decided to reopen it.

The denomination officials assigned a young fellow, right out of seminary to lead the reopening, but they warned him to go slow,as it had been a long time since the people had had any religious instruction.

It just so happened that the first service was taking place on Easter morning, so the minister started his message by reminding the people:

"Folks; today is Easter and it is a very special holiday for Christians. Who here can remind us of the special significance of Easter? You, sir," pointing to a fellow near the front. "Can you remind us all of why we celebrate Easter?"

"Easter..., Easter" he said, rubbing his chin. "Isn't Easter when the high school football team plays their big rival and then we all go and have a big turkey dinner and take a nap on the sofa?"

"Nooooo," replied the minister. "That isn't even a religious holiday. You're thinking of Thanksgiving. You, ma'am," pointing to a woman in a big floppy white bonnet, "can you tell us about Easter?"

"Easter..., Easter" she said, gazing towards the ceiling. "Isn't Easter when we put a pine tree up in the living room with presents under it, have a big dinner, and then take a nap on the sofa?"

"No," the minister said. You're thinking of Christmas. That is a very special day for Christians too, but on Christmas we celebrate the birth of Christ. Who can tell us why we celebrate Easter? You sir." pointing to a guy in the back row who had been waving his hand. "Tell us about the special significance of Easter."

"Well," the man drawled, "Easter, that's when they'd crucified Jesus there, and put him in a cave, and when they came back three days later, Jesus came out and saw his shadow and they knew there'd be six more weeks of winter!

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