And that is good enough for me. Especially because smarter, more capable, and more knowledgeable folks spell it all out for me too.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Christmas, Pagan Romans, and Frodo Baggins.
Jake Tawney: The Dating of Christmas.
Alexander Pope: Messiah
And, of course, Linus reciting the passage from St. Luke.
Isn’t Govert Teunisz Flinck’s painting, Angels Announcing the Birth to the Shepherds (1639, oil on wood) beautiful?
Be of good cheer!