Christmas Legends

writershirley lopez By writershirley lopez, 15th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Many miracles took place at the time of the birth of Jesus and not all of them could be published in the Bible. Find out where you can find the hand print of baby Jesus, the curse put on the Donkey, the blessing of the Red Bird, Candy Cane blessing, and many other happenings.

The Legends of Christmas

The "miracles" that happened during this time are numerous giving us the hope of a future and a promise of life eternal. The birth of this one child changed the way that the world saw life and gave us hope of life eternal. The real story about the birth of Christ can be found in the book of Luke in the Holy Bible.
Luke 2: 1-12
1- And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2- (And this taxing was first made when Cy-re-ni-us was governor of Syria.)
3- And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4- And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Ju-dae-‘a, unto the city of David, which is called Beth’-le-hem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David
5- To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6- And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7- And she brought forth her first born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manager; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8- And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9- And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10- And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11- For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12- And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manager.
Imagine setting on a hill in total darkness with no one around but you and your sheep, no television, radio, or form of electronics. Then suddenly a light shines brightly above your head and beings from another world appear telling you about a miracle that has happened which will change your life forever. They are so very happy that their light shines bright enough to light up the night sky and their voices sound so beautiful that you are hearing their song in surround sound. This is something that no one has ever witnessed before! Everyone is excited! Let’s go and see this miracle!

The Legend of the Donkey

The legend dictates that the “Donkey” was cursed then he was blessed. The Donkey who carried Mary to Bethlehem when she was about to give birth to Jesus paid no attention to where he walked and like to play around not paying attention to where he walked finally stumbling almost causing “Mary” to fall off which could of caused great harm to her and the child.

For this the “Donkey” was cursed, never to be able to have baby “Donkey’s” with another of its own species instead but to have to mate with horses. However, the Legend of the Donkey continues to the cruicification. The same Donkey had grown older and much wiser knowing its responsibility carried our Lord into the city the week before his crucification where Jesus was greeted with Psalms. When Jesus was on the cross the Donkey was so appalled at the sight that he turned away to leave with a tear in his eye because he was heartbroken. It is said that the shadow of the cross fell upon the “Donkey’s” shoulders and back making the marking of the cross, which is found on many “Donkey’s” today and it remains as a testimony of the love and devotion of a humble, little creature, “The Donkey”!

The Legend of the Robin

The night that Christ was born a little brown bird shared the stable with the Holy Family. During the night, Joseph had built a fire to keep the family warm, but as they slept, the fire began to burn out. As stated by the legend, the Robin flew from its nest and fanned the embers with its wings to keep them warm. The little brown bird was so close to the fire that the heat turned the bird’s feathers red. The bird had suffered from the heat causing the breast to be seared showing its love and compassion to baby Jesus. It is said that Jesus reached out his little hand and touched the bird healing the bird. The breast of the Robin has been red ever since to remind us of its love and compassion towards Jesus.

The Legend of the Cardinal

The Cardinal christened the “Christmas Bird” for its spectacular red color. Legend proclaims that the Cardinal is the symbol of beauty and warmth of the holiday season. A glimpse of this brilliant bird brings, cheer, hope, and inspiration on a gray wintery day. This is nature’s reminder for us to focus on our faith; the Cardinal’s scarlet plumage represents the blood of Christ that was shed for the redemption of mankind .

The Legend of the Hummingbird

The Hummingbird symbolizes, love, joy, and beauty. The Hummingbird is unique in that it can fly backwards; teaching us that we can look back at our past, but not dwell there, but continue to go forward. Its ability to hover while drinking nectar is a lesson for us to savor each moment, while its sweetness.

The Legend of the Rooster

The Legend states the Rooster only crowed one time at midnight and that was when “Jesus” was born. From that time on the Rooster Crowed at dawn of each morning symbolizing the daily triumph of light over darkness and the victory of good over evil.

The Legend of the Evergreen Tree

The Legend of the Evergreen Tree began when Joseph and Mary were trying to escape into Egypt at that time the trees brought forth long green needles and their berries were white. Mary was wearing a beautiful blue cloak that she spread over the branches to protect baby Jesus as the soldiers of Herod passed. The tree turned blue just like her cloak to protect them from the eyes of the soldiers. The trees from that time forward remain blue-green all year long giving us hope of “Life Eternal.”

The Legend of the Pine Cone (Baby Jesus hand print)

It was said, that when the soldiers of Herod were passing by the wooded area where Joseph and Mary with baby Jesus were hiding to avoid them that in order to prevent baby Jesus from crying out or making a noise he took a pine cone and split it in half length wise and put it into baby Jesus’s hand so he could hold it much like our children would hold a rattle today. The palm print of baby Jesus stayed inside the pine cone and today it is said that you can find his hand print in most pine cones if you cut one open length wise.

The Legend of the Holly

It is said that the practice of placing candles in the windows in December started in pre-Christian times as part of the winter solstice celebrations. The shortest day of the year is December 21 when it is the darkest day. Many people believe that Jesus was born on that day because he came into the world as the light of the world. That when he was born because of the fact that many people worshipped other gods on that day the church did not want to proclaim that date for his birth that instead, when Joseph and Mary entered into Egypt it was December 24th about midnight. So it was better to proclaim his birthday as midnight on December 24th instead of December 21st because they did not want people to get our Lord and Savior confused with other false Gods.

Today Christians use the candle in the window to help welcome anyone home that is away from home or let strangers know that they are welcome if they are traveling. Most people around the world hold to the December 24th as the birth date of Jesus still.

The Legend of the Holly

The Holly pointed leaf represents the thorns of Christ Crown that he wore when he was crucified. The perennially green leaves represent eternal life.

The red berries represent the blood he shed for our salvation. There are some berries that are not red but white those berries represents his purity, green berries, is the cross of wood and the black berries represent that he died at times is still used in Christian Funerals.

Another legend is that a poor shepherd Boy made a wreath of the Holly Bush to offer the Christ child but wept because that it had little value. The tears touched the leaves as they gleamed from his tear drops causing the red berries to appear. The Holly Wreath became a tradition as a reminder of “The Miracle of Christ’s Birth.”

The Legend of the White and Red Poinsettia

There is a legend that exists even today about ”The Star of Bethlehem” which shone so brightly that night upon the cold darkness of the earth that the earth wanted to respond by producing a plant, which is, mirrored the “Star” by producing “White Petals” with a “golden star” in the center. This is considered the first white Poinsettia. When Jesus died on the cross many of the flower petals turned red representing the blood that he shed but others remained white reminding us of his purity. Thus the first white Poinsettia bloomed on the hills of Bethlehem and it is still said that they bloom to this day around the Christmas season.

The other legend that exists in the new world is that a boy who had no gift to offer to put by the figure of baby Jesus in a church in Mexico on Christmas Eve on his way to Mass was in prayer and crying to the Angels for forgiveness. While he knelt outside the Church window and his tears flowed he looked on the ground and behold a beautiful flower had grown. He picked the flower and laid it by “Mary” in the stable. This was considering the creation of the Red Poinsettia.

Joel Robert Poinsett, a native of South Carolina brought the Poinsettia home with him in 1829 and found that it grew very well in his green house. The Poinsettia now blooms every year around Christmas. Verifying that this is a Christmas Miracle and that the Red Plant represents his blood while the white plant represents his purity.

The Legend of the Advent Wreath

Advent is the event that all Christians use to proclaim the coming of Jesus, the light, into the world. The wreath consists of four candles mounted around a circumference of an evergreen wreath. One candle is lit each Sunday for four weeks before Christmas. One candle is pink to be lit on Christmas Day. The wreath may have a fifth candle inside the wreath that Christians light on Christmas Eve.

The circle of the Advent Wreath represents “Eternal Life.” There are various traditions behind the candles that state meanings about each of the candles.

One tradition labels them the Prophet’s Candle, the Bethlehem candle, the Shepherd’s candle and the Angel’s candle. These represent Good News of Jesus Christ birth.

The News came through the Prophets, was born in Bethlehem, was witnessed by the Shepherds and proclaimed by a host of Angels. The other traditions labels the candles as hope for the future, the love of God, joy of the spirit and peace on earth this is the nature of the Good News.


The legend tells us that in 1531 near Mexico City, the Virgin Mary miraculously appeared before Juan Diego, an Aztec Indian converted into Catholic Christianity. She urged him to have the city’s bishops build a shrine, but they did not believe Diego.

The virgin reappeared with roses, impossible to grow in winter, as proof. He showed the bishops the roses wrapped in his cloak, which miraculously imprinted with the image of the Virgin. Mexicans still pilgrimage to the Basilica of Guadalupe on December 12, in honor of Mexico’s patron saint, “The Lady of Guadalupe.” She is the defender of little children everywhere and the protector of their mothers.

The Legend of Saint Nicholas

The legend that surrounds Saint Nicholas began in 280 AD it is about a man who was born to wealthy parents in Patera in Asia Minor. At an early age he was orphaned and raised by monks, he began a Christian Ministry that helped those who were in need. At one time, he was imprisoned for his faith but that never deterred him from giving to those who were in need. He was known for begging for food to give to the poor He helped to feed the children and provide a place for them off the streets.

Some historians claim that St. Nicholas died in 343 AD but many children believe that he is still alive giving presents every Christmas to celebrate the birth of Christ. Today Santa Claus was developed by the American Business World as a means to advertise and promote products for sale to people to give as gifts for the Holiday.

Santa Claus has grown all around the world in legend and customs and the name means many things to many people. The best meaning the original Saint Nicholas wanted to portray was “Love and Kindness to All mankind.”

The Legend of the Candy Cane

A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would glorify God so he came up with the idea of “The Candy Cane”. He began with a stick of hard candy that was white, this represents the rock of ages and the white symbolizes purity of the Christmas season. The first red stripe was larger because it represented the blood that Jesus shed for our salvation. The other three stripes represented the Roman soldiers.

The ones with green stripes are a reminder of God giving us a gift his son. The flavor Peppermint is similar to hyssop, which is in the mint family. In the Old Testament, hyssop used for purification and sacrifice amongst priests. Jesus is the pure Lamb of God some come to be sacrificed for the sins of the world.

The candy is formed into a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus. It can also represent the staff of the good shepherd. Its hard consistency represents “Solid Rock”, the foundation of the church, and the firmness of the promises of God. Whenever you eat the candy cane, remember the sermon that it provides for the whole world.

Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, is the sinless Rock of Ages who suffered and died for our sins.

How to Put Joy J O Y In Your Heart

J is for Jesus; put him first in your life
O is for others, put those you love second in your life
Y is for yourself, put yourself last in life and you will have eternal JOY
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and that you enjoyed my versions of
“The Legends of Christmas”


Angels, Candy Cane, Donkey, Holly, Poinsettia, Shepherds, Star

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author avatar writershirley lopez
16th Nov 2013 (#)

The Legends that surround the holiday season has always facinated me and I am more than happy to hear about more so that I can add to our list of legends. Hope that everyone enjoys what I have written and will want to add to the collection.

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author avatar Williamsji
28th Nov 2013 (#)

Great write, I was amazed to read your article. It was thrilling. I am too much interested in legends, both ancient and latest, Good write, Congrats, Regards & Love from WILLIAMSJI MAVELI

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