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Article – Christmas Over 2,000 years ago
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Article – Christmas Over 2,000
Often when we tell the Christmas story
or have Christmas plays at our churches we romanticize
the birth of our Savior. All of the children are angelic
like (at least for a little while), clean, and have
clean clothes. There is clean hay for the stable.
Everything seems calm.
Let’s travel back 2,000 years
ago to visit what it was really like that Christmas
morn. First, of all Mary and Joseph had to travel
over 70 miles by foot and donkey to get to Bethlehem.
Can you imagine being 9 months pregnant and walking
or riding a donkey for 70 miles?
Along the way, did they sleep outside or find shelter?
We don’t know, but it could not have been easy.
Once they arrived in Bethlehem all Mary
probably wanted was a place to lie down and rest.
But, as we all know there was no room in the inn.
How helpless Joseph must have felt and how weary Mary
had to be. Then, the only place they could find was
a stable. Most of us envision a barn. Yet, scholars
often think Mary gave birth to Jesus in a cave. (Side
note, if you have not seen the movie Nativity Story
I would highly recommend it for its accuracy). So,
Mary most probably alone without her mother or any
female relatives gave birth to the Son of God. Don’t
you imagine Joseph wished for Mary’s mother
or his mother as well? I would imagine he wasn’t
real excited about having to help deliver a baby.
We often forget how young Mary and Joseph were. Many
scholars believe Mary was around 14 or 15. Joseph
was probably a little older. What an awesome responsibility
for two very young people. Yet, Mary and Joseph were
not alone. Angels and shepherds herald his birth.
Wise men that are always in our Christmas plays probably
did not arrive for another 2 years. God was certainly
watching over Mary and Joseph that first beautiful
As we reflect on Christmas let us not
forget that the first Christmas was not the sanitized
version we see in our minds or in our churches. There
were animals with all their “glorious”
smells near by, no bed for Mary to give birth, and
two very young people far from home. Yet, all they
would ever need would be their son who was born and
eventually he would become their Savior. Mary and
Joseph gave up so much to be the earthly parents of
the Son of God. They were willing to leave their home
which they did not return to for several years after
What are we willing to give up for Christ
this Christmas and every day of the year? Are we willing
to die to self and live for him? Are we willing to
seek his way and not the world’s? We may feel
alone if we seek to follow God’s path, but we
are never alone. Just as Mary and Joseph while feeling
very alone that one Christmas morn were not alone.
Jesus who came to earth in human form was with them
and in their very presence. May we celebrate the Christmas
season by reflecting on the best gift we have ever
received, the gift of Christ. May we serve him daily
in everything we do.
Listed below are additional articles
about Christmas. One is entitled, “How to have
the “Perfect” Christmas”. The other
article is “Maybe this Christmas will be Different”.
This article addresses those who have very difficult
May you not be so rushed by all the Christmas activities
that you forget the real reason we celebrate.
Till next time,
Kimberly M. Chastain
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is
the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage
and Family Therapist. She is the author of 2 ebooks
and an online Bible study. You can find more information
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