Anomalies associated with Christmas period

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NOW that Christmas Day is over it will soon be time to pack away the reindeer and snowmen, Santa figures and penguins and anything else that has now become associated with Christmas for another 12 months until the advertising starts appearing again some time in September.

As one sign I saw states, it’s only 364 days until Christmas!

Despite the usage of pagan evergreens such as holly and mistletoe, the Yule Log named after the Norse god ‘Jul’ and the ubiquitous decorated pine tree in every home, the claim is made that these are all ways in which to celebrate the birth of the King of Kings.

As millions in the western hemisphere tuck into pork cocktail sausages wrapped in bacon - ‘pigs in blankets’ - and enjoy their turkey atop a generous slice of gammon ham, it doesn’t seem to dawn on anyone that the Person they are honouring in their feasting was a Jew, in fact the King of the Jews, and would never have eaten any food items proscribed as unclean by God in the Bible. Not exactly following His perfect example.

Some folks escape the mayhem and go abroad to sunnier climes for their Christmas holidays, but then complain that it doesn’t seem like Christmas because it’s not cold enough and there is no snow!

Actually, there would have been no snow in Bethlehem when Jesus was born either. How could shepherds be outside on the Hills of Judea in late December where it is bitterly cold at that time of year, and how could a young maiden give birth outside in the snow?

More Bible scholars concur that it was more likely that Jesus, or Yeshua as He was named in Hebrew, would have been born in September/October time when it would still be mild enough to be outside without catching hypothermia.

Snow is just a tradition associated with the tradition of celebrating the Mass of Christ in December, but there has never been proof of this date being authentic in any way, nor was it ever held as an observance by the early Jewish church.

There are many anomalies associated with Christmas, such as the wise men not being present at the birth as is often depicted in nativity scenes.

In fact they came much later when Jesus is described as being a ‘young Child’ and his parents were in a ‘house,’ not a stable.

It also does not say that there were ‘three’ wise men, although they brought three kinds of gifts, and they were never described as ‘kings’.

There is a growing consensus that ‘Jesus is the reason for the season’ and many churches want to ‘put Christ back into Christmas’.

The question is, if this is the wrong date, would Jesus want to celebrate it at all? He asked His followers to remember His death, but He never asked them to remember His birth. He certainly couldn’t join in for pork dinner.

Colin Nevin