The Russians seem to be using this Ukraine problem as an opportunity to flex their muscles at the west. And it appears to be starting a bit of a flutter in the western nations. These early moves are like the initial moves in a chess game trying to test your opponents reactions.
Noting the various reactions in Europe, UK and the USA it shows how fragile the international relations are between the two sides - Could this lead to aggression or war?
R. K. Borill wrote: The heavenly host were celebrating the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The first advent. Not "Christ's Mass": Rome's version of Hollywood.
Christians follow the direction of heaven, - not Roman dogma. The word applied to the birth of Christ; [[Origin: bef. 1150; ME cristmasse; OE Cristes mǣsse Mass of Christ]]; does not negate the celebration of His incarnation, as illustrated by the Luke verses. Whereas the celebration of mass is an entirely different event.
Well apparently the heavenly host thought it was worth celebrating.
Luke 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.