Ruining Christmas—Rediscovering Jesus

by Carl N. Toney (Author)
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Did you know that the Christmas story almost wasn't told? But Matthew and Luke saved Christmas. Have you wondered if Christmas is really a pagan holiday? Did marketers invent Santa Claus? And what does a Christmas tree have to do with anti-slavery? We'll learn which traditions come from the Bible and where other traditions derive. Have you ever considered who Jesus was named after? Or why Jesus's genealogy is traced to Joseph if he's not Jesus's biological father? We'll answer questions like these surrounding Jesus's legacy. Maybe you've asked what was the Bethlehem star? Or have you heard that there wasn't an inn or innkeeper? With these kinds of inquiries, we'll look at the circumstances surrounding Jesus's birth. Do we know if the magi were kings, astrologers, or magicians? Or could you name the oldest person that met baby Jesus? By interacting with these people who met Jesus on that first Christmas, we'll join the cast of characters around the manger. As we explore the stories and traditions of Christmas together, we'll ruin some past misconceptions, but in the process, I promise that we'll rediscover Jesus.

Publication date
August 31, 2021
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