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A Bucket of Tradition

December 19, 2016
A Bucket of Tradition
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so head on over to Kentucky Fried Chicken with the family to celebrate. What? You don’t go to KFC on Christmas? Then you probably don’t live in Japan.

The Japanese aren’t big on celebrating Christmas, but that began to change when a KFC marketing plan pitched the idea that eating this staple American fast food was a wonderful way to remember the holiday. The early 1970s plan, called Kurisumasu ni wa Kentakkii (or “Kentucky for Christmas”), took off quickly. Today, KFCs in Japan sell ten times more fried chicken during Christmas than at other times of the year.

In America, most people would be pretty upset if Christmas dinner were a bucket of fast food from Colonel Sanders. But you wouldn’t really have a leg to stand on to prove the proper way to celebrate Christmas, except tradition. Even parts of the traditional Christmas story from the Bible is more wishbone than truth.

Every December, we see breathtaking nativity scenes displaying the familiar but pleasant picture of the three wise men and shepherds gazing with adoration at the Christ child in the manger, with his loving parents Joseph and Mary and a menagerie of domestic animals looking on.

Yet did you know that, in reality, the Bible never says that any kind of animal was present or that the wise men ever saw the shepherds or Jesus wrapped up in a manger? “When they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him” (Matthew 2:11).

In fact, it may have been over a year after the birth of Jesus before the wise men even arrived! This theory is supported well when we read that King Herod commanded his soldiers to kill all the infants in Bethlehem two years old and under (Matthew 2:16).

Even more interesting, nowhere does the Bible say there were three wise men. But have you ever seen a Christmas card with four wise men—or two? It's also likely that Jesus was born another time of year altogether.

Much of the world, and even many Christians, have been confused by a series of myths that have managed to take firm root in churches around the world—and pass as legitimate Bible teachings. Some of these fables are fairly harmless, but others present “doctrines of demons” that can be devastating to one’s faith, concept of God, and eternal destiny (1 Timothy 4:1).

Be careful what you believe, friends!

This is our last blog of the year! We want to encourage you to seek truth over tradition, so check out our Bible websites that challenge the more dangerous Christian fables that pose as truth—,, and

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