Whether the background of Christmas is Christian, pagan or a mix of both could be discussed for a long time. But whether you’re a pious Lutheran, a die-hard atheist or just someone who doesn’t care a single bit about religion – the Bible might contain some good advises during these last weeks before Jul.
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him. (Matthew 2:1-2)
- Always thought the story is about three wise men visiting the baby Jesus? Well, might have been the case, but their number is nowhere mentioned. Just because they brought three presents (gold, incense and myrrh, remember?) people have assumed there were three of them. Nice fact to bring up during the Christmas dinner if an awkward silence might arise.
Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred. (Proverbs 15:17)
- Planning to celebrate Christmas with your hated family only for the sake of the smoked ham? The bible advises you to rather eat a salad with good friends.
If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift–a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds. (Genesis 43: 11)
- No clue what to give to your cousin as a Christmas present? Even here the Bible can help you out.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. (John 1: 1-2)
- Fed up with all the angels, stars, shepherd and a cute baby? Read the Gospel of John instead. No traces of the traditional Christmas story.
And around the 25th in the last month all shall reunite with family, take much-needed rest, realize how blessed they are and donate very generously to charity. And all children shall receive presents.
(Mark 17: 3-5)
- For real. Check it yourself.