undoubtedly, the birth took place in nazareth not bethlehem and egypt lies way, way too far away for an additional journey (spoiler, they didn’t take the first one.) and the birth took place at home (really? who knows?) not in a stinky stable although, there were smells there, too, for sure. “then what about the three wise men and the shepherds and the cattle and sheep, etc., etc., etc.?” asked the king of siam (which he really, un- doubtedly, didn’t do, but the etc. stuff works for effect); and so, the whole thing is more like a divine memoir than literal history because some- one said, “don’t ever take a memoir as gospel (that’s funny), because it isn’t objective. it’s all from a subjective perspective,” which of necessity it is. so do we toss the baby with the bathwater, and that, undoubtedly, wasn’t very clean either? are you kid- ding? that makes the whole thing that much more incarnational be- cause there was wisdom from the past and wish fulfillment in the his- torical present (and don’t forget the contributions from the historical future) and very human dreams and you could almost hear the storytellers and scribes and poets saying that there is faith and hope in the mystery of birth in the dank, darkness shed- ding a bit of light on the eternal mys- tery of Love, and why in the world wouldn’t preachers and teachers want their parishioners and students to ponder a much richer, deeper, more mysterious meaning to the sturdy, middle-eastern fabric of a tale of Truth?