Tuesday 6 December 2016

Seeing the light

Published 29/12/2011 | 05:00

Bible scholars believe that Christ was most likely born in September, so it may not have been so severe in Bethlehem, in the manger, among the oxen and asses.

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Apparently the feast was moved closer to the winter solstice as a way of marrying existing religious practice from pre-Christian culture and as a happy metaphor for light coming into the world.

As we know, each passing day after Christmas gets a little longer. My grandmother used to say that the stretch in the evenings was equivalent to a cock's step.

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