They are different stories, written for audiences of Jews and non-Jews drawn to the Gospel of Jesus. The listeners seek the interpretation that makes the most sense to them, that makes plausible of this impossibility: God takes human form, as a weak, vulnerable squawking babe in his mother’s arms.
Thus we await one more week
To see the light shineth in the darkness, which the darkness comprehended not (John 1:5).
Come on December 23rd for the Pageant, December 24th for the Candlelight Service, or December 25th as St Cyprian’s community gathers and remembers the birth of Jesus.