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7 Responses to “The Story Behind the Stories”

  1. David Greusel says:

    Thanks for the reminder, Mike. Maybe I need to start wishing people a Messy Christmas. It could lead to some interesting conversations…or get me crossed off a lot of peoples’ Christmas card lists.

  2. Mike Metzger says:

    Probably the latter.

  3. April Holthaus says:

    Merry (and I mean Happy) Christmas Mike and Kathy
    I am reminded by your message about a tradition in Austria I witness when I was working there. In the week before Christmas one night, the devil goes out to find little children to devour. People are dressed up like Halloween to chase him away and protect the good children. I had never seen this before and can’t remember what they called it.

  4. Gerard says:

    I now have the tune “Have yourself a messy little Christmas” in my head.

  5. Mike Metzger says:


    It’s probably similar to Krampus, celebrated In Germany during this season. The Krampus is a devilish goblin who tears through the streets as St. Nick’s evil counterpart, looking for misbehaving children (who had better watch out).

  6. John Chaffin says:

    I have a number of friends who do not celebrate Christmas as a Christian principle. Maybe I should wish them a Messy little Christmas. Merry Christmas, Mike.

  7. kyle says:

    How true.

    It’s funny that recently a few liberal friends of mine some of whom are atheist told me i had been indoctrinated.

    I guess I still haven’t expunged Christianese from my dialect.

    I thought about it, and realized that I do have to struggle against a felt-board concept of Bible stories…

    and that rather than teaching me how to think, my church mostly taught me what to think.

    I too wish we did more honor to the Bible’s stories by taking off the saccharine we’ve glazed over top of them in the last few centuries.

    It would make the Gospel more compelling to a world that finds the church, it’s adherents, and it’s take on the world fakey.

    Thanks for the reminder.

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