The fbb Advent Calendar
Joseph is one of the much neglected participants in the nativity story.
When he heard that his teenage bride-to-be was "with child" (and not his!) "he did not want to disgrace Mary publicly, so he made plans to break the engagement privately." [Matthew's Gospel Chapter 1.] His behaviour was untypical of the day - societal rules dictated that Mary should be, literally, cast out.
Then there was the angel (yet another angel - NB no wings!)
Do not be afraid to take Mary as you wife. For it is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived. She will have a son and you will name him Jesus."
Another social oddity. By tradition the baby should have been called Joseph after his father.
"Jesus - because he will save his people from their sins."
But he was NOT called Jesus at all. He was called, in the nearest English version of the name, Joshua. And yes, it was an earlier Joshua who "fit the battle of Jericho - and the walls came tumbling down." He saved his people as well.
Joshua is a Biblical given name derived from the Hebrew Yehoshua (יהושע). The name was a common alternative form of the name יֵשׁוּעַ – yēšūă which corresponds to the Greek spelling Ἰησοῦς (Iesous), from which, through the Latin Iesus, comes the English spelling Jesus.
So we should probably call him Yeshua! And sing "Jesus fit the battle of Jericho".
But it's what his name meant that mattered.
CHRISTmas is, at its heart, about the gift of one who offers a root and branch "lifestyle change" to his followers. Salvation! But from what?