Thomas the Apostle, also called Doubting Thomas or Didymus (meaning “Twin,” as does “Thomas” in Aramaic) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is best known for questioning Jesus’ resurrection when first told of it, then proclaiming “My Lord and my God” on seeing Jesus inJohn 20:28. Traditionally he is said to have traveled outside the Roman Empire to preach the Gospel travelling as far as India.
|The Incredulity of St Thomas” by Caravaggio|
|Born||1st century AD
|Died||21 December 72
Mylapore (modern day India) 
|Honored in||Assyrian Church of the East
Eastern Orthodox Church
Oriental Orthodox Churches
Respected and honored in ProtestantChurches
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
- Divalia, in honour of Angerona (Roman Empire)
- Earliest date for the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, and its related observances:
- Forefathers’ Day (Plymouth, Massachusetts)
- São Tomé Day (São Tomé and Príncipe)
- The first day of Pancha Ganapati, celebrated until December 25 (India)
The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of eschatological beliefs according to which cataclysmic or transformative events will occur around 21 December2012. This date is regarded as the end-date of a 5125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae have been proposed as pertaining to this date, though none has been accepted by mainstream scholarship.
Yes, there will be earthquakes, volcanoes, floods and droughts in 2012, just as there are in every year.
My 2012 prediction is that scammers will make a lot of money off gullible astute people.
In the liturgical calendar of the Western Christian churches, Ember days are four separate sets of three days within the same week — specifically, the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday — roughly equidistant in the circuit of the year, that were formerly set aside for fasting and prayer. These days set apart for special prayer and fasting were considered especially suitable for the ordination of clergy. The Ember Days are known in Latin as the quattuor anni tempora (the “four seasons of the year”), or formerly as the jejunia quattuor temporum (“fasts of the four seasons”).
The winter solstice is the solstice that occurs in winter. It is the time at which the Sun is appearing at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon.  In the Northern Hemisphere this is the Southern solstice, the time at which the Sun is at its southernmost point in the sky, which usually occurs on December 21 to 22 each year.
Have a Nice Christmas Season, no worries,
and a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year !