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Pope Schools Everyone on Christmas

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Schools Everyone on Christmas

I’m a big Christmas nerd. My wife and I rock Christmas like it’s a terrifying roller coaster that we pay a lot of money to ride. That’s just how we do, being gangster through and through.

Still, Christmas itself is a very commercial and historically inaccurate holiday. It’s also growing increasingly politically incorrect. I’m not a big fan of the word “holiday” usurping the word “Christmas,” because I think it’s anti-progressive (read: silly). But despite the fact that Christmas is a time to go into debt and buy the affection of your loved ones, I’m still hugely into it. At the end of the day, I’ll take my Christmas any way I can get it… hopefully with eggnog, Home Alone maratons, and big ol’ tacky Christmas trees.

But Pope Benedict XVI has decided to school everyone on the more inaccurate aspects of Christmas. Here are a few fun facts:

  • December 25th? Wrong. Correct year? No. At least the right time of the year? No, it’s all wrong.
  • Angels singing at the birth? None. Or maybe they did, but we have no way of proving it.
  • Animals by the manger? Nope.

But don’t go throwing out your nativity scene just yet. The Pope doesn’t believe we should alter the current misrepresentations, as they are traditional and festive and fun. Those were my words, not his. At the end of the day, the details about the birth of Jesus, which the Pope has collected in “Jesus of Nazareth — The Infancy Narrative,” are meant to show that Christ was a living, breathing person who walked around and talked to people.

Question time:  What are some historical Christmas facts you wanna drop?

For example, I once heard that the birth of Jesus occurred in something more closely resembling a cave than what’s depicted in nativity scenes.


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