Christmas Trivia - Animals Talk

Why is it believed that when Jesus was born the animals could talk?

A 1970 ABC television children's Christmas special, The Night the Animals Talked, popularized a Norwegian Christmas legend.

According to the original legend, the stable Jesus was born in was active, not abandoned. Inside the stable, the animals watched in wonder as the Savior was born at precisely midnight. Then God gave voice to the animals, which voice the animals used to praise God for the miracle they had seen.

Angels sent shepherds to the stable to witness the baby's birth, and when the shepherds arrived, the animals lost their ability to speak. The only ones who had witnessed the miracle of the talking animals were Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. At midnight, on Christmas eve every year, the animals briefly regain their ability to speak, so they can praise the birth of Christ.

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