Letter: Not all Christians believe in the same the Christmas timelines

A local letter writer sets out her Christmas calendar.

Dear Editor,

In reference to Jacqueline McLean’s [Christmas isn’t finished, Dec. 26, Langley Advance], I would just like to make a little historical correction.

Jesus was not “baptized” eight days after his birth, he was circumcised according to the Law of Moses.

He was “baptized” at about age 30, by John the Baptist, in the Jordan River.

I am a Christian and I like Christmas, especially for children, but realize that it was not the time of Jesus’ birth because shepherds were outside with their flocks. The birth would have been in the spring.

Also, Caesar Augustus would not have ordered a general tax in the middle of winter when the people would have had difficulty travelling to the towns of their birth.

I applaud Ms. McLean for taking God’s gift to the world seriously, as I do.

Jacqueline Blackwell, Langley

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