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11 Most Common Myths About Christmas

Buzzle Staff Dec 17, 2018
Do you know the most important Christian festival is not Christmas. This is the most common myths about Christmas. The right answer is Easter. Easter trumps Christmas, as it is celebrated for a long time - It is a celebration of completion of 40 days of Lent leading to resurrection of Christ.

Myth: Saying Xmas is like taking out the Christ in Christmas

Debunked: This is absolutely untrue. The Greek word for 'Christ' is chi, which is written as X in Roman. So, basically, Xmas means Christmas.

Myth: Christians started Christmas

Debunked: Christians didn't start Christmas. Roman Pagans used to celebrate a week-long festival called Saturnalia from 17th - 25th December. Christian missionaries declared the 25th of December as Christ's birthday to stop the Pagan festivities.

Myth: Jesus was born on 25th December.

Debunked: Jesus was definitely not born on the 25th of December. In fact, he wasn't even born in winter. Luke 2:8 mentions shepherds keeping watch over their flock by night.
The winters in Bethlehem are very severe, so the shepherds could have been in the field in only the summer months, which means Jesus was born sometime from April to October.

Myth: Jesus was born at midnight.

Debunked: It is commonly believed that Jesus was born at the stroke of midnight. Midnight masses could be one of the factors leading to this myth. But, there is no mention of the exact time of Christ's birth in the Bible.

Myth: Jesus was born in a stable.

Debunked: Although Jesus was kept in a manger, he wasn't born in a stable.
It is true that there was no space in the inn, but inn or kataluma in Greek refers to a guest room. So, Jesus would have been born on the lower floor of the house where animals are kept at night. This also explains the presence of a manger.

Myth: Three Wise Men appeared at Christ's birth.

Debunked: It is believed that three kings - Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar came all the way from the east with three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh for Baby Jesus.
But, the Bible just mentions that the Magi, came to meet Jesus. They wouldn't have come immediately after Christ's birth, since they found him at home with his mom, not in a manger. And, there's no mention of an exact number; it is assumed that there were three magi, cause of the three gifts.

Myth: The Star of Bethlehem guided the Three Wise Men to the birthplace of Christ.

Debunked: According to the myth, the star was big and bright, and shining exactly on top of Christ's birthplace.
There are many theories regarding this star. In fact, most point out that it may not have been a star in the first place. It could have been a comet, supernova, or just an arrangement of planets.

Myth: First child to find the pickle-shaped ornament hidden in the Christmas tree gets a present.

Debunked: This is considered to be a German Christmas tradition, wherein, parents hide a pickle-shaped glass ornament in a Christmas tree.
The child who finds it on Christmas morning gets an extra present. This is obviously a myth, as it is actually not known in Germany. Moreover, the Germans don't open their gifts on the 25th; they do it on the Christmas Eve.

Myth: Befana roams around the world looking for Baby Jesus.

Debunked: Befana is an old witch or woman, who travels on the Eve of Epiphany, and gives presents to good children, and charcoal to the bad ones.
The myth goes that, the Three Wise Men asked Befana for directions to the birthplace of Christ, but she didn't know. They asked her to join them, but she declined, as she was busy with cleaning. After they went, she changed her mind and decided to look for Jesus. So, she still is looking for him, and gifts kids she meets on the way.

Myth: Christmas trees are a fire hazard.

Debunked: Many people believe that Christmas trees catch fire easily, and are a great risk to kids.
Well, living trees don't combust randomly. The main reasons for fire are defective Christmas lights, candles placed too close, or insufficient watering which makes the tree dry.