Nativity then and now

16 Dec

… Nothing Wonklifebalance likes better than data and stories, so here are some key elements of the Nativity story accompanied by contemporary statistics. Plenty of food for thought this Christmas season ….


Then: Angel Gabriel tells Mary she is with child

Now: The arrival of 23% of children is announced when parents post their ultrasound scan on social media



Then: Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem for the census

Now: 45% of children under five worldwide are not registered at birth, and so at risk of missing out on full civil rights and service provision.



Then: No room at the inn, so Jesus born in a manger in the stable

Now: 93,000 children in Britain are homeless this Christmas; there are over 50 million refugees worldwide, half of whom are children

Sources: ;


Then: Wise men followed a star

Now: ‘In 2011, the US Military Budget topped US$ 900 billion for that year alone. A year later, University of California Davis PHD student Steve Haroz calculated that that’s more than the entire budget of NASA for the last 56 years’



Then: Wise men bring gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh

Now: Top UK toys for Christmas – My friend Cayla (doll can answer questions when synched to tablet/phone); Skating dolls from Disney Frozen franchise; Xeno the interactive monster; Kiddizoom smartwatch; Transformers Stomp and Chomp Grimlock

Source: Hamleys Top ten


Wishing all readers a very Merry Christmas and hoping for a peaceful 2015 ….


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