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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Christmas & The Birth of Christ

In the annual Christmas episode of The Catholic Talk Show, the guys discuss things you didn’t know about the history and traditions around the birth of Jesus!

In this episode, you will learn:
• What year was Jesus actually born in?
• What was the real Star of Bethlehem
• Where is the relic of the Manger?
• Which saint created the first Nativity Scene
• When does Christmas actually end?
• and much more


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10 comments on 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Christmas & The Birth of Christ

  1. Chris Nowicke says:

    I was wondering what is the picture that is directly below the clock?

  2. Anthony says:

    This is the star documentary to which you were referring: https://youtu.be/u7YTE7WFB6Y

    Not only does it have all the connections to Easter celestial phenomena that you mention, but the birthdate is reverse-engineered from the date of Epiphany, which, based on the retrograde notion (which he takes to mean “the start stopped” when they reached the place where he was born) actually was on December 25. The host says it’s kind of poetic that “the first Christmas” (i.e. the date that Jesus was recognized and celebrated) was actually December 25.

  3. Anthony says:

    Every year, I put my tree up on the day after Thanksgiving (I don’t take to the roads on Black Friday!), and I take it down on Candlemas. Everybody that questions it gets a brief history lesson about it, lol!

  4. Paul Bany says:

    Great Catholic Talk Shows about Christmas and you discussed a lot of things including manger, Jesus’’ birthday, star, war, Herod, BC, AD, just to mention a few. During your next episode, would you please mind include some images. For example, the manger, star, Bethlehem (Jesus’ Birthplace or Church of Nativity), St. Mary Major in Vatican etc. These will help the audience to get the feel of the events that took place in the past and are now still taking place as we commemorate them. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Greetings!

  5. Paul Bany says:

    Great Catholic Talk Shows about Christmas and you discussed a lot of things including manger, Jesus’’ birthday, star, war, Herod, BC, AD, just to mention a few. During your next episode, would you please mind including some images. For example, the manger, star, Bethlehem (Jesus’ Birthplace or Church of Nativity), St. Mary Major in Vatican etc. These will help the audience to get the feel of the events that took place in the past and are now still taking place as we commemorate them. Have a Merry Christmas 🎄 and a Happy New Year Greetings!

  6. Andrea says:

    Merry Christmas guys,
    I agree with other posted comments and wish you had the Nativity scene depicted on this show. I was always, and still am, a Christmas Crazy because the entire Season seems to be cloaked in peace and love. I actually know all three verses to almost every hymn sung since I was a kid. My favorites still remain Silent Night, O Holy Night, and Joy to the World, but actually love them all. I am a traditionalist. I sing them from November through January.

    I agree with you RS that 2 B.C. makes sense as the most accurate year to be given for the birth of Jesus. The Star of Bethlehem has a celestial basis in astronomy. I had heard this before and you mentioned a configuration of aligned planets and I saw the Star of Bethlehem movie too and agree with its scientific analysis at least as presented. They made a good argument.

    I had no idea there was a relic of the holy manger still remaining. Thank you for the new meditation and prayer application information on Hallow. I try to meditate daily especially while saying the Rosary. Fontanini is one of the most well known Italian makers of figures of the Nativity. As a small kid I had a nativity set that was passed down from Woolworth’s and some figures were made of chalk and the others were hard plastic. They were thought to be kid-proof and a learning tool. I had chewed on the lamb so much as a baby he was almost decapitated. I would play with it and talk with the Baby Jesus. I was reliving the journey and the arrival of the Baby Jesus. It made the story come alive for me as a child.

    I so agree that Christmas should stay in our hearts all year long no matter how corny that sounds. The Twelve Days of Christmas end at the Epiphany or January 6th. I always left my real tree up to then or after New Year’s unless it was too droopy and dry. The ornaments on the tree gathered through the decades and some made with love or home made get visited each year which makes them almost a special surprise all over again as we forget them during the course of the year. The tree is always a magical display of lights, ornaments and memories.

    Although I thank God every day for my gifts and blessings and all my loved ones this is the time of the year to appreciate them even more. All gifts from God and God sent us His son to live the human experience of flesh and blood. God also gave another gift to mankind, the gift of our own Guardian Angels.

    “Invoke your Guardian Angel who will enlighten you. God gave you your Guardian Angel for this reason. So make use of your Angel’s service.” St. Padre Pio

    Have a wonderful safe holiday with loved ones,
    Andrea

  7. Tim says:

    When researching material for their eventual book, Killing Jesus, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard had commented on some of the historical topics that you covered in this podcast: the year of Jesus’ birth, the star, etc. If possible, it would be interesting for your show to have Bill and Martin on as guest speakers to further comment on the birth of Christ. I believe that both men are also Catholic so they could comment from both a historical perspective and from a faith perspective.

    Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

    Tim

  8. Anna B says:

    The star of Bethlehem would have been the supernatural star. Why because it stops in Bethlehem. I say it was an Angel. [Mathew 2:9-10 “Now they, having heard the king went their way. And behold, the star that they had seen in the East went before them, until it came and stood over the place where the child was.” The Vision of Maria Valtorta about this is more vivid because she saw this like she was in that time.
    The birth of Christ on December 25th is about right in our modern calendar according to our Mother Mary to the visionary in Medjugorje. Also, why would God missed lead His people if we are guided by The Holy Spirit? If heaven rejoices and celebrates Christmas too doesn’t it not the same time? Mother Mary said it is on this day many souls will be freed from Purgatory, like any Prisons in the world give amnesty and parole for criminals during Christmas day.

  9. Rose Fontes says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to The Catholic Talk Show Crew! In Mexico we have the tradition having Three King’s Cake on the Day of the Epiphany and if you get the baby Jesus, you have to bring tamales for Día de la Candelaria (February 2nd).
    Thank you for bringing us these episodes. Love watching your show. God Bless you all!

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