# Merry Christmas Number Square Sums it Up

Merry Christmas Number Square Sums it all Up. December 25, Christmas Day, is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. This blog is about the 7  x 7 magic number square. It could well be called the Merry Christmas Number square. First of all what is a number square?….. Magic number squares only require the sum of each row, column and diagonal of numbers equal the same sum.  Second, what defines the 7 x 7 number square? Ancient civilizations were into number squares. Each of the 7 known planets had its own square of numbers. Also, seven was known as a virgin  and prime number.  It cannot be evenly divided by any other number other than itself.

### Merry Christmas Number Square Sums it Up

•   The 7 x 7 number square was assigned to Venus. She was goddess of beauty. So was also connected to Greek goddess Athena. Because 7 was called a “virgin number,”  it is associated with Mary, mother of Jesus.
• Note the central number of the 7 x 7 square. It is number 25. That numbers Christmas Day.
•  Total all the numbers in the 7 x 7 number square. Those are the the sum of  all the numbers from one to fifty. Their total is 1225. Read this as 12/25 and you have both Christmas month and day.

Below is an internal link to a fun story for the Holiday Season.  Rubinoff, the famed violinist, literally brought holiday cheer all year round to children. I recently gave a concert under the auspices of the Ted Lewis Big Band Museum. The concert was under the baton of museum curator,  Joseph Rubin in Circleville, Ohio. Since I was Rubinoff’s arranger and accompanist, Maestro Rubin asked me to play in the concert.   Rubinoff spent a good part of his life giving concerts for children in public schools. In the “gag” picture, found  in the internal  link, comedian Jimmy Durante is playing Rubinoff’s violin (not very well, I might add) Rubinoff is clowning around at the piano. What fun!

Our best wishes for a happy holiday season- David and Sharon.