Born in a Manger?

Okay, I am just sick and tired of hearing in the context of Christmas that Jesus was born in a manger.

How can one be born in a manger? It’s a feeding trough for the animals to eat from. For Jesus to be born in a manger, Mary would have had to be in the manger while He was being born. Yeah, like that was happening.

And the Scripture account doesn’t even say He was born in a manger. It says He was laid in a manger. Big, big, big, big difference.

Y’know, it doesn’t even say He was born in a stable, though that at least makes sense! All we have is that He was laid in a manger because there was no room in the inn.

And there, my friends, is my rant about Christmas.

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2 thoughts on “Born in a Manger?

  1. I don’t think most people think of Mary literally giving birth in a manger when they hear that. Plus, it doesn’t sound so poetic IMO.

    • Thing is, you can still say “laid in a manger” with the same number of syllables as “born in a manger.” The former is way better English and actually makes sense, while the latter makes no sense and is rotten English.

      I was so happy when my family got Carolyn Arend’s Christmas CD this year. None of the songs on there say “born in a manger” but a couple reference “born in a stable.” Much better.

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