My ongoing issue with Christmas cards

I first posted this blog entry a year ago and it’s still one of the things that bugs me about how we celebrate Christmas and amazes me about God’s love for us!
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Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a Scrooge about all things Christmas and I very much appreciate the sentiment behind sending Christmas cards. But I do have one particular issue with a certain type of card.

Why is Jesus’ birth often depicted with images that are neat and clean and even royal?

Jesus was born in a manger; i.e. – a place where animals were kept, likely a cave in the side of a hill. It was dirty, stinky and anything but royal. Certainly not how I would have made my entrance were I the King of Kings!

Why would God send Jesus into the world in such a lowly manner?

Consider the usual trappings of an earthly monarchy. Long flowing robes. Sparkling jewels. Gold sceptres. Regal crowns. Why does a monarchy have such decor? To demonstrate the importance of the royal family.

So why would God send Jesus into the world in such a lowly manner? Surely His value as the Son of God was deserving of more than a manger!

Why would Jesus give up all of heaven to enter life as a human baby born into the humblest of circumstances? What could have possibly motivated such an entrance?

His love for us!

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3 responses to “My ongoing issue with Christmas cards

  1. Suanna Goodnight

    I know what you mean. Chalk most of it up to the Renaissance artists who were used to the ornate decor of the great catholic churches of the time. They chose to focus on this “royalty” in retrospect and I suspect in faith and in wishing to glorify Jesus. Who knows, they might have lost their patronage by bishops, popes etc. had they done a more realistic depiction of the manger scene.

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