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Back To The Festive Fun ...
... with a snippet of History.
But so much of the so-called "Christmas Story" misleads and gets in the way of our understanding.
From a Biblical point of view the event was never headline news. Mark and John ignore the birth of Jesus completely because it was of only minor importance to the last three years of his life.
Matthew was writing for fellow Jews and sought to convince them that the baby was, indeed, the expected and promised Messiah.
Luke (the Doctor) was writing for non-Jews and always focuses on the way in which The Christ changes the lives or ordinary folk. Hence a focus on Mary and her relative Elizabeth and the visit of the low life (shepherds) to see the baby.
It was not a "pretty" journey at all. It was a real pain in the neck - and in a lot of other places too!
Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, the birthplace of King David. Joseph went there because he was a descendant of David. He went to register with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him. She was pregnant.
All the rest of the clutter may be "nice", but it is not CHRISTmas.