The Christmas narrative is told in two Gospels, Matthew and Luke. And then there is the Christmas card version. The problem with the Christmas card version is that it feels like a fairy tale. But it is not. There may be embellished elements of the familiar story – the stable, the full motel, the panicked arrival, the restricted number of Magi, etc. But there is also the true story, as told in the Gospels.
This Christmas lets not be vigilantes criticising the familiar re-telling, but let’s be thankful that Christmas is based on the truth of God’s Son coming to people like us, so that people like us can come to God.