Deconstructing the Christmas myths

Sorry (not really) if you thought you were going to find me dismantling Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus; I’m happy to believe that he’s done his homework! Nor am I going to try to prove that Father Christmas is merely a mythical character – I will leave that to the various priests and vicars who underestimate the wrath of primary school parents when they try to point out the real meaning of Christmas!

On a more mundane level here are three things I just want to get off my chest:

  1. Today is NOT THE START OF ADVENT. That started on Sunday. Today may be the first day you get to eat one of the 24 pieces of chocolate in your Advent calendar, but it is not the start of Advent.
  2. Nor is today the first of the TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS. They begin on Christmas Day and run into January and the Feast of Epiphany, or the Feast of Kings.
  3. And there probably was NO INNKEEPER, because Jesus was born in a house which had no room for him and his mother in the guest room.

Having said all that, I wish you a blessed Advent season!

PS – if you’re involved in organising church events at this time of year, it’s worth noting this comment from Keith Getty:

We would do well as worship leaders to remember that non-churchgoers are far more inclined to attend a church service during the Christmas season where songs are easy and enjoyable to sing rather than a church trying to put on the slickest possible show. The music of carols, written by some of the finest hymn writers of all time (such as Wesley, Watts and Rossetti) and arranged by equally outstanding composers (Handel, Holst and Mendelssohn) speaks for itself. We have wonderful songs to use! And Christmas gives us a wide open door to use those songs to impact culture like no other time of the year.

Enough for now. Merry Christmas!

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