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Christians remember these events with great celebration at Christmas. Many fables and traditions have accumulated around the bare facts known about Jesus’ birth.
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.
Read more … Read the way the Bible describes Jesus' birth
For Christians a crucial significance of Christmas is that God is not remote, but has come very close to humans.
Read more … Does anyone really believe the Christian version of Christmas?
The Bible does not give a date for the birth of Jesus. In the third century it was suggested that Jesus was conceived at the Spring equinox, 25 March, popularising the belief that he was born nine months later on 25 December.
Read more … The history of Christmas
For nearly four weeks leading up to Christmas Christians recognise a period called Advent. It means ‘coming’. It is a time of spiritual preparation.
Read more … Christmas throughout the Christian world
The Bible speaks of astonishing creatures who are neither God nor human, but exist alongside both.
Read more … Understanding Christmas