“On coming to Christmas, misled, we forget…”

I appreciate it when, very occasionally, someone cuts through the fluff and faux-serenity of the Nativity account (and no, it was probably not a silent night!)

On coming to Christmas, misled, we forget
That the birth of God’s son was not lovely at all.
A stench filled the gloom of the bleak manger stall.
There was blood on the straw and a halo of sweat
Around Mary’s head. Soon, warned they should flee
To escape Herod’s sword, by stealth in the night
The family of God was driven to flight,
As from Bethlehem’s inn outcast, refugee.

But as birth of new life is sprung out of pain,
And faith out of fear, so now once again,
If we come to the stable by way of the cross
And dismantle our spirits of tinsel and dross,
We can join with glad hearts and exuberant voice
To sing with the heavenly choir, “Rejoice!”

Waldo Beach, Christmas Praise

Any other suggested videos or writings that give a realistic account of the birth of Jesus Christ?

(HT: Epistle of Jim)