10 Questions to debunk Christmas Myths – Answers
How many wise men are there?
We do not know! We assume there are three, simply because of the three gifts that are given (Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh).
Why is Christmas celebrated on December 25th?
Contrary to popular belief, this is not Jesus’ birthday. From the 4th century, Christmas began to be celebrated in December to take attention away from the Winter Solstice, a pagan festival.
What, in the traditional nativity story, may be a clue as to why this event could not have happened in wintertime?
The shepherds – in Bethlehem winters, it is extremely cold. Temperatures regularly dropped below freezing in the dark, so they only kept watch during April-September.
The census – this event commonly took place during harvest season as this was the best time for travel.
Where (what dwelling place) does the Bible say that Jesus was born?
Not a stable! This is never actually mentioned. Luke’s Gospel does say, “he was laid in a box where animals were fed.” 2:7. We may commonly assume this was a stable, but it is never actually mentioned.
How many Gospels actually retell the birth of Jesus?
Only 2 out of 4 – The Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
Can you complete the end of this well-known carol?
“the cattle are lowing, the baby awakes, but little lord Jesus ____ _____ _____ _____.”
No crying he makes. However,…can we believe this? If Jesus is both fully human and fully divine, surely a baby would make some noise?!
Orange – the world
Red ribbon – the blood that was shed,
Cocktail sticks – the world’s axis
Raisins – the fruits of the world
Candle – Jesus as the light of the world.
Where does the Christingle originate?
Germany. The Moravian church – in 1747 Bishop Johannes De Watteville looked for a way to explain the happiness that had come to people through Jesus.
Why does Santa wear red?
Due to Coca Cola! They changed the traditional colour from green to red.
What is the traditional name of Boxing Day?
Saint Stephen’s day…
What did people traditionally do on Boxing Day?
Servants would take the day off and receive food parcels from their local master.