Santa Maria do Olival, Tomar
Madonna and Child
Christianity and Christmas is all about a little boy who was born in a stable because his parents were far from their home - having travelled for a census, for taxation, and had nowhere else to lay their heads.
Angels told ordinary people, shepherds, of his birth and Wise Men travelled many miles, navigating by the stars, to give the baby precious gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
Not long after his birth this little boy's family fled to a neighbouring country, Egypt, to escape persecution and genocide. The King, Herod, was scared by stories he had heard of a new King being born and set out to kill all baby boys who could grow to be a threat to his throne.
The family survived and returned home, the little boy grew up to do wondrous things and become a preacher and leader of men. He was a gentle man, a man of peace.
The little boy was Jesus Christ, the Son of God. His mother was Mary, his earthly father Joseph was a carpenter.
We celebrate his birth, the Christ Mass, by decorating our homes and streets and on 25th December we bring family together, eat a special meal and give and receive gifts in his name.
I wish that Christmas brings you peace, happiness and fulfilment..