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Midnight: The Apocrypha and Christmas Traditions

6 December, 2018

Written by Bobby Valentine

When I close my eyes and imagine the first Christmas, the one with Mary and Joseph, certain images come to my mind. I see the couple huddled in a stable. I see the baby in a manger surrounded by animals. I see wise men, shepherds, and a star. Since there is a star it is always dark, the middle of the night.

Where did these images, especially the night, come from? They come from Christian art and hymnody.

During Christmas we sing some of the most famous Christian hymns, we know them by heart.

Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright …

and

O holy night! the stars are brightly shining, it…

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