Keeping it Real Through the Holidays-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour and to our “Keeping It Real Through the Holidays” series. If this is your first time with us and/or in this series, you may want to check out the archives for the past blogs under this title. Let’s get back to our digging into some misconceptions about this season and discover some truths that will help you and your family keep it real through the holidays.

So where were we? Oh, that’s right, was Jesus born in a stable? Or was it a barn? Or could it have been a cave? The only place the scriptures mention is a manger. The Greek word used in the Bible is “kataluma,” and it means guest chamber, or lodging place or inn. In Mark 14:14-15, the translation means a furnished, large, upper story room within a private house. Follow me to a little rabbit trail. I find this particular translation a bit interesting because, remember, Jesus was in the upper room with His disciples for their last supper, wasn’t he?

Anyway, I know this seems like it’s not all that relevant, but this series is about keeping it real and these things make me think twice about holiday things, like the nativity scenes we see everywhere, or how about the song, “Away in a manger the baby awakes, but little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes…” It’s a beautiful song, but come on! The Word doesn’t say that He did not cry. He came to us in the flesh, dwelt among us in the flesh, I’m thinking He was probably a very happy baby, but it’s definitely a possibility that He cried.

And did three kings really come to Jesus’ birth riding on camels as we see portrayed time and time again? Again, the Bible doesn’t say that any kings or camels visited Him as a newborn, but I know my nativity set has all those pieces, the three wise men, kings or magi, whatever you want to call them, the camels, Joseph, Mary, and little Baby Jesus. And why three wise men, or magi, or kings? The word “magi” is plural, so there were at least two, but we have assumed because there were three costly gifts presented – gold, frankincense and myrrh — that there must have been three magi, but that’s not necessarily accurate.

I know all this information is a bit overwhelming, isn’t it? When I first learned all of these facts, I felt as though someone had taken the floor out from underneath me. After all, I had grown up with and practiced many traditions based on what I thought to be true and now that I know differently, I can’t continue with some of my traditions. I can, however, begin to put this season in its right perspective and re-evaluate the rest of my traditions.

I have to share with you the words I kept hearing while I was in this digging process: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness and self-control. I kept wondering why I was hearing those words and couldn’t figure out what they had to do with Christmas. As this series unfolds, I will reveal what they have to do with the season for I am now certain that these are life’s truest gifts.

Make it a great day, and whatever you’re doing to prepare for the holidays, enjoy it!


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