Christ needs to remain part of Christmas

Editor, the Advocate:

Regarding the recent letter to the editor from Bill Lokey, of Refugio:

I agree with you, Bill, that children (and adults) need to understand that Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus and that the giving of gifts represents not only the gifts the wise men gave to Jesus but also God's gift to man - the greatest gift ever given, the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. If we take Christ Jesus out of Christ-mas, like a lot of people want to do, we don't have anything.

I do want to point out, however, that contrary to traditional manger scenes, the wise men did not present their gifts to Jesus at the manger. With a careful reading of Matthew 2:1-11, especially verses 9 and 11, we see that Jesus was a young child and living in a house with His mother, Mary, and Joseph - even though Joseph is not mentioned. When King Herod tried to destroy Jesus, he had all male children in Bethlehem, and all its districts, under the age of 2 killed (verse 16).

Bob Edwards, Hallettsville