Top 10 Traditions About Christ’s Birth That Are Not True

By Rev. Benjamin P. Glaser - Posted at Mountains and Magnolias:

As King Grumpus makes his appearance once more I bring to you this year the top 10 (of many) traditions which have come to be held as gospel truth and inform so many of the celebrations during these months of the year that unfortunately not only have no historical factual foundation, but obscure the biblical representation of the glorious incarnation of Christ Jesus. While this post is meant to be a bit playful, it is worth remembering these verses as we begin:
“He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.” — Deut 32:4 
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” — John 4:24 
“Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.” — 2 John 1
This list is given in no particular order, just as they popped into my head as I sat here considering these things. The sections under each one will provide a paragraph length or so explanation and a link to a short article, etc, that give some evidence to the comment. It is not meant to be exhaustive, obviously, but just as a brief word. One of the things that will become plain is that so many of these “traditions” are not really traditions at all, but were inventions of Victorian extraction that did not become a part of the wider Church celebration, some until as late as the 1950’s.


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