Christmas is interesting. The origins are debatable. Though it’s easy to dismiss modern interpretations as revisionist, the questions are valid. Why would so much occur during winter when cold weather and inept clothing would make travel difficult? Why would shepherds be out in the freezing middle of the night? What about the similarities between Christmas and pagan celebrations?
As neither a historian nor a theologian, I am ill-equipped to answer such questions. Similarly, I wonder if they matter.
In other words, the savior arrived. Perhaps it was around now or perhaps it was in summer. Regardless, He entered the terrestrial realm.
My question is, what is important? That is, should we concern ourselves more with the truth of the timing or more with the Truth?
I rather enjoy Christmas even as I realize it may be based on fallacies. The season fills me with bonhomie and selflessness. As many of you readers are more biblically erudite, is the fact that the the history may be constructed enough to shed it? Or does the theological truth supplant the literal truth? Conversely, am I simply wrong in thinking the historical telling contradicts the biblical telling?