Communication then carried the same intent as it does now but expressed in very different ways using unusual words, expressions and delivery styles that baffle us. Back then my grandfather could be heard saying, "Let's get this shindig over!" while the now-generation of the 70's said, " Let's blow this joint!"...both with the same intent - it was time to leave.
The THEN AND NOW applies to sports as well. For instance…baseball uniforms have gone from long to short while basketball’s have gone from short to long. Original football helmets were very small but now they cover and protect all parts of the head. Then...a football coach ran the plays from the sideline with loud and penetrating voice and wig wagging hand signs. Now... they don headphones, microphones, and other communication devices to interact with coaches including speakers in the player's helmets. Even though they may look different, both the "then" and the "now" carry the same purpose - to play the game.
The Christmas Story is no exception to the THEN AND NOW experience. Then it was told from generation to generation by word of mouth and recorded on original pen and ink manuscripts... this would become our Holy Bible. Now we now see the Luke 1 account come to life on the pages of many versions of the Bible and in endless Bible story books. We still read it to our children, passing the basic story on from our favorite version of the Bible.
Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation. Joel 1:3 NIV
We also tell the awesome story of our Savior's birth using media...DVD's, film clips, and the
computer. Below you can enjoy The Digital Story of the Nativity - the "now" version.
Blessings... as you experience the same message of glad tidings and great joy as they did back then!