“No room at the inn”…Really? (hint: not really).

Centuries of tradition — especially for Europeans, whose traditions have arisen thousands of miles away, and in very different geographic and social conditions, from where those Events occurred — often have produced different thoughts about what Scripture reports than the understandings Christians in the middle east preserve and what archeology, conducted over the last century or so, allows us to understand anew. This excellent short article (containing a link to a longer article on the archeology, for those interested) points out a couple with regard to the Nativity story.