1. Bruce says

    It’s simply an example demonstration of how Fox makes up all of its coverage out of nothing, just taking a topic (here, the 12 days of Christmas song narrative) and applies it to current events (here, the supposed supply chain and inflation issues).
    Conservatives can’t do comedy, because all of their improv training is what they think is the news, not comedy.
    Big-League Sad.

  2. says

    “The animals used their breath to heat Jesus. Because it was so cold in…” (talking head stumbles, realizing Bethlehem is in the Middle East. Right now it’s 50F in Bethlehem (Galilee not Pa) -- another theory bites the dust.

  3. says

    (Of course there is no evidence that I’m aware of that the ‘advent’ happened around the winter solstice. I thought that was just Christians suborning existing holidays, as they are wont to do) (see also: Xmas illegal occupation of November)

  4. jrkrideau says

    Hey 10C (~50F) can be a bit chilly in a stable. On the other hand, body heat is more likely to have been the heat source. Breath leads to moisture problems.

  5. says

    Hey 10C (~50F) can be a bit chilly in a stable.

    If you’re standing there. If you’re actually working 50 is ideal. Of course the god-child had all the human frailties including being weakly endothermic and not having a job.

  6. says

    Shepards only stay out in the fields with their flocks overnight during birthing season -- early to mid spring.

    According to the story, then (which doesn’t list a date), any historical Jesus would had to have been born more than 80 days and less than 125 days away from Dec. 25th. 102 days +/- 23? I’d like to have that kind of wiggle room when I’m estimating the timing of an important job.

    “Uh, sure. It’s a rush order, I get it. I’ll have it for you by Late December, but don’t sweat it if it’s not delivered before end of April, okay? Great. Fine. Thanks for your business!”

  7. sonofrojblake says

    Because it was so cold in…” (talking head stumbles, realizing Bethlehem is in the Middle East.

    Reminds me of the scene in the dramatisation of Bravo Two Zero, where they’re gearing up for the mission behind enemy lines in Iraq. One of them asks about cold weather gear, and the quartermaster says something along the lines of “you’re going to the desert you muppet” (i.e. you won’t need any, it’s going to be hot), which pays off later when one of the team (Steven Lane) dies not from enemy action, but from hypothermia. It can get pretty cold even in the Middle East at this time of year.

    Of course, as Crip Dyke points out, the whole shepherds watching their flocks by night thing makes it obvious that the story does not take place any time near the winter solstice, and the whole thing has just been tacked onto that pre-existing thing.

  8. Holms says

    I also enjoyed “…what about if you want to rent a manger? The prices are through the roof at this time of year.” No shit, it’s the only time of year they are in demand.

  9. John Morales says

    Why are people analysing that to which Mano rightly refers to as “drivel”?


    Holms, a manger is a feeding trough.

  10. Holms says

    Yes, they spend most of the year being a feeding trough and then for a few weeks there is rental demand for displays in church yards. And ‘laughing at’ is not analysis.

  11. Rob Curtis says

    i was in Bethlehem as a kid. we went to the site where jesus was supposedly born. it is best described as a cave/room in the sub-basement of a church.

    was in no way a place i’d imagine keeping animals.

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