have our traditions when celebrating the
Christmas time of our year.
We have the date on our calendars all set
for the next year at the turn of our
in January. So, we would have to agree
in this one thing, Christmas time, or as the
world has tried to
rename and try to change our beliefs in
"Holiday Season" greetings, is a very
of the year.
We Americans are the ones who brought Santa
Claus into our society and started
a whole different way of perpetuating gift
giving through a man that
didn't exist, but made all children exited
for the moment they opened
up their eyes on Christmas morning. We
can thank Coca-Cola for his jolly
face and his red costume.
I love Christmas. It is one of the
most endeared parts of the calendar that I
First is "Resurrection Day" that all refer
to as Easter.
Traditions make me feel warm and fuzzy, but
as of late, the truth has been driving
itself into my head and trying to help my
heart accept the truth of the Christmas
We all look forward to
Christmas, even though we
have the pressures of the 'traditions of
follow and that of families own personal
ones besides the culture we live in.
We celebrate with Santa and presents.
The tradition of 'mistletoe' and caroling
all in the snow.
our presents to buy, our cookies to bake,
put up the tree with its lights and
collection of ornaments we have over the
years and get the house decorated so
that we show our Christmas participation to
the world and be the best our
neighborhood has to offer.
It's important too, for those cards to get
out to all we love and care about.
those of us that have mixed the traditions
of man with the truthful facts of the
Word of God, have done it from, pure
ignorance and innocence. Never
that we were really participating in
perpetuating the empty meanings
of the true accounts of the day that we
celebrate the birth
of Jesus Christ Our Lord.
December 22, 2007, I was sitting on the
couch and decided to go through the Gospels
to read the Scriptures about the accounts of
the birth of Jesus.
I know that what we see on TV and what we
are raised with, are not the truth of the
Scriptures and I have been compelled to
really stop for my own sake, believing what
is not Biblical. This has been a
struggle for me personally, because I love
and traditions of what I was brought up with
in knowing Santa, Christmas trees,
stockings, buying presents and getting
together with family to celebrate.
So, I found these truths of what we
celebrate as the Christmas story.
We find that the times have been clumped
together to make one story that we
use in our art and in our Christmas Cards.
With that, I decided to set this page up
with the actual facts of the truth of the
"story" of Christmas that we perpetuate with
Remember this one thing, the Gospels are
written through the power of the
Holy Spirit, working through men with divine
power to write the accounts
of historical information of the life of
The Gospels work together, not contradict
one another like some
want to say. If we all watched an
accident, each one of us would see different
things to report to one another. Some
may see the "man had a red shirt".
The shirt was blue." We see things
that are important that others don't.
make one's account wrong? No, just
that it was observed differently by each one
that saw the accident.
I started in Matthew and went to the first
chapter where it describes
to us about Mary being betrothed to Joseph
and before the "knew" each other
(Mary being a virgin), she was found to be
pregnant with Jesus by and of the Holy
Spirit (Matthew 1:18).
Joseph being a just man decides not to take
any action toward Mary and by him
being visited by angels, is told in a dream
that Mary is with Child through the Holy
Mary was a strong woman and confident.
She was approximately 14 to 15 years old and
for her to accept this position, she had to
be a very strong woman for her age.
Prior to this though, Mary was visited by
the Angel Gabriel, sent by God and told her
was highly favored and blessed among all
women (Luke 1:28). Mary was troubled
by it, but
she said to the angel, "Let it be to me
according to your word.".
She was told that she would give birth to a
child and His name would be called JESUS
In Matthew 1:23, the angel told Joseph in
his dream that was prophetic in nature from
"Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and
bear a Son, and they shall
call His name Immanuel, " which is
translated "God with Us".
Now, after Joseph and Mary were waiting a
decree went out into the all world in the
area, by Caesar Augustus to take a census
and this required that Joseph take Mary, his
with him to his place of birth, the city of
David, Bethlehem, because Joseph was
of the lineage of David, not Mary.
Jesus was to be born of the lineage of David
that was the importance of Joseph being
chosen by God as Jesus' earthly father.
Now, Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem to be
registered. Mary was at the end of her
pregnancy and there is no where in the bible
that states that Mary rode
on a donkey. That is our perception.
They could have walked or had a cart, too.
So, remember, this is an assumption and the
mode of transportation that
would have taken more than a week.
2:7 it says that Mary had her first born
Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling
clothes and laid Him in a manger because
there wasn't any room in 'the inn'.
This is a manger that the animals would have
eaten out of.
Now, if you notice in Luke 2:7, it says that
'she brought forth her first born Son'.
This implies that there were more children.
Mary was not a perpetual virgin. In
it says "and did not know her till she had
brought forth her firstborn Son."
And he called His name JESUS. (NKJV)
This says that Mary and Joseph did finish
out their life together "knowing" one
in a sexual way and had marital relations
and went on to have other children.
In Mark 3:31-32, says that his brothers and
his mother came looking for Him.
The people even say to Jesus that his mother
and brothers are waiting
outside the place Jesus was sitting.
If Mary had only had Jesus and these were
just relatives, then the bible would state
that Mary brought forth her one and only
Son. But it didn't, it said 'her
2:7, it states that she laid baby Jesus in a
manger, that would be a place
that is dug out in stone where they put the
food for animals in the
place where they housed animals.
Note: In Luke 2:8, it says that
the shepherds were out in the fields
flocks. This is what the shepherds do,
through the night when lambing
(birthing) is taking place and they are out
all night to protect the
Not in Luke 12, it says: NKJV: "And
this will be the sign to you: You will
a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths,
lying in a manger."
So, we see that this is when Jesus was a
At this time, in Luke 2:15 and 16, the
shepherds in the fields were visited
by angels and said to them, "Glory to God in
the hghtest, and on
earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
Verse 16, in Luke 2, it says that the
shepherds came hurriedly and
found Mary and Joseph and the BABE lying in
The shepherds were rejoicing and returned to
the fields glorifying
and praising God for what they and seen and
heard as it was told to
them by the angels in the field.
verse 21, it refers to the "Child" for his
This is reference to a description, not a
chronological description. Not
age but to the fact that it is THE Child.
after the time of Jesus birth, some Magi
(Magicians) saw in the sky, a star.
They were men of wisdom and intelligence
that studied the sky and were far
away from where Jesus was born.
They were drawn to the star and decided to
follow it. This trip was started
probably, not long
after the birth of Jesus. The trip
probably took a long time, since travel was
and arduous and there were no roads like we
This trip may have taken the wise men 2
years to travel.
Now, getting to the wise men. We have
always seen in the pictures and such, 3 Wise
In the bible, there is no reference to the
amount of Wise Men there were that
started on that journey and ended up at the
place where Jesus was living.
King Herod, knew that it had been prophesied
that there would be a King born
and so, he wondered about these Wise Men
that had traveled far from the East.
Matthew 2:2-6 says:
saying, “Where is He who has been born King
of the Jews?
For we have seen His star in the East and
have come to worship Him.”
When Herod the king heard this, he
was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4) And when he had gathered all the
chief priests and scribes of
the people together, he inquired of them
where the Christ was to be born.
So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea,
for thus it is written by the prophet:
6) ‘ But you, Bethlehem, in
the land of Judah, Are not the
least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.’”
go to now to Matthew 2:3 You will see
the term: young Child used. No
are the following scriptures referred to "a
Babe". He is now referred to as young
Herod, in his panic and paranoia, had a
decree to go out and kill all the young male
children under 2 years of age. This
would ensure him of Jesus not surviving.
But, an angel again came to Joseph and in a
dream told Joseph to flee to Egypt
to save the life of Jesus from Herods
Herod deceived the wise men and told them to
search for the young child (Matthew 2:8),
and when they found him, come back to tell
him so he too could go and worship him.
Matthew 2:9 refers to: "the young
Matthew 2:11 says, "And when they had
come into the house, they
young Child with Mary His
mother, and fell down and worshiped Him.
they had opened their treasures, they
presented gifts to Him:
gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
(The gifts of gold,
frankincense, and myrrh were also prophetic,
speaking of our
Lord's offices of king, priest, and savior.
Gold speaks of His kingship
Frankincense was a spice used in the
priestly duties; and
Myrrh was an embalming ointment anticipating
Matthew chapter 2, verses 13, 14, 19 &
21there is more reference to Jesus as "young
In Matthew 2:16 there is the reference to
Herod killing all the male children
under the age of 2 years old.
So, the Nativity is about the Baby Jesus'
birth with the shepherds coming to join in
the celebration of the birth told by the
angels and the story of Jesus goes
on 2 years later with the Wise Men, which we
have no number of, coming to
worship the Christ Child that was born and
laid in a manger, but was now
in a house with Mary and Joseph, living as a
Wrapping up this information, I just want to
say, I'm concerned with the way our
Truth's are being eroded slowly from the
true meaning of Christmas being named after
our Lord and also being directed so much to
materialism and rushing around, taking all
the focus off of Christ and onto men being
something for one day of the year that
should be lived out 365 days.
In another way, I think that we only have to
blame the men of years past, trying
to override a pagan holiday of the Winter
Solstice and trying to cover it with
the story of Christmas taking on some of the
So, please...remember Christ on this day and
make it a purpose in your heart to
bring Christ into every day of your life.
Don't leave your traditions, but remember
in the center of it all and make Him Lord of
your life for all the other 364 days
that are left ahead.
Look to the resurrection of Our Lord and
know that His birth brought Him down
to this earth from His throne in Heaven to
live with us and die for us.
some links that explain the way Christmas
was worked in on top
of a Winter Solstice Pagan celebration and