The Dumbest Christmas Tradition

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Merry Christmas.

Attending midnight mass last night, (message delayed a bit due to technical difficulties) I was reminded of what is clearly one of the dumbest Christmas traditions practiced by many. Many (probably most) Christians will display a nativity scene along with their Christmas decorations, and (here’s the dumb part) a large number of them won’t put the baby Jesus into the creche until Christmas morning. “It’s only logical” they protest. “Jesus wasn’t born until Christmas” — Yeah, but where exactly is the logic in having a scene of Mary, Joseph and a bunch of shepherds looking adoringly at an empty manger?