None! It is assumed that Mary and Joseph would not have walked nearly 100 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem, but we do not know that. In the accounts of the Easter Story we are told that Jesus did ride a donkey on Palm Sunday.
They were foreigners and followers of some “other” religion. Jesus’s birth was meant to bring “Good News of a Great Joy” to all people.
They were among the poorest and least valued members of the community, as they still are in some countries, but God sent the angels to them so they got to seeing Jesus before anyone else. God’s values are different from Society’s. The Lord is my shepherd was written by David who was once a shepherd and became a king.
A messenger of God. Descriptions vary. Often they appear like men, not women. Not all have wings. It seems to depend on the nature of the task. Some are warriors with swords. Whether they use more modern weapons these days is a thing I do not want to find out. Well, not directly anyway.
St. Nicholas used to give poor people presents anonymously. Like a burglar, his breaking-and-entering tricks he probably kept secret, so people had to make up a story for the children. I can guess that eventually he was found out, or there would be no legend!
Two. The Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke. Matthew tells us about the Magi but Luke tells us about the shepherds. St. Mark and St. John start their accounts with Jesus’s baptism at the start of his public preaching. All four tell the Easter Story. For a long time the miraculous birth was not an important part of the message. Jesus’s life and death were.
After the alarming mishap experienced by Claudia Winkleman and her family, this month’s tip has to be to keep anything inflammable away from any naked flame, and vice versa. So many Christmas decorations and fancy-dress items are made of paper and other material that burns easily. It is hard to see how to avoid such things. Remember that alcohol also burns, so try not to spill your drink onto a flame. Perhaps using only make-believe candles is the answer. Whatever you opt for, have fun but be safe.
It is probably a misnomer. In the late Middle Ages and on into Tudor times, many people in England and other parts of Europe often called most foreigners, especially dark-skinned ones, Turks or Moors. The bird was brought to Europe by the Spanish and sold as far as England by Spanish and North African traders.
It is called “Load the Dice, A Simple Guide to Managing Risks in Small Businesses” and is available on Create Space, Amazon and Kindle among other sources. Price 9 US dollars which is just over a fiver at present and about half-price on Kindle.
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It is not aimed at people hoping to get a qualification in Risk Management, or to get their business accredited with ISO 9001. There again, it might be a good place to start.
If you think Risk Management is a bit of meaningless management-speak, this is the book for you. The World is full of risks and they all need managing. In fact we all manage risks all the time whether well or badly. Every decision we make involves making some assessment of the risks involved. Risk Management is simply an attempt at doing it more explicitly, scientifically and, hopefully, effectively.
In this book you learn more about the Why and the How of Risk Management, and you will find some examples of how not to do it. I have tried to explain it in everyday language and show how it can be applied in a small business to your advantage.
If you read my newsletter, or my blogs or articles, regularly, and I wish more people did, you may find many of the chapters look familiar, but some have been rewritten and others are totally new, especially the “how to” section.
Does your Business Plan amount to throwing the dice and seeing what you get? Take control! Load the dice!
Probably 5 B.C. according to most historians.
Nobody really knows the month but probably not December. Mid-Winter would have been an unlikely time to hold census. When Christianity spread north, Christmas replaced the existing Winter Solstice festival.
You would have been running low on hay to feed your cattle by now, so you might as well slaughter a lot of them and hold a feast. Anyway, you need something to cheer you up at this time of year!