Unlike in this story, it is good to see glimpses of the future and find hope in it. Prophets in the Old Testament looked forward to the coming of the Messiah, the coming of Immanuel, God with Us.
Christ taking the form of a man was different than how other religions pictured their gods.
Pagan gods, rather consistently, are very human, and usually not in a very nice way. If you cast your mind over the Greek and Roman panoply, you’ll see that the gods were greedy, lustful, vengeful, jealous, mischievous, vindictive, and impulsive. And always, these characteristics showed themselves randomly. The one consistent thing about the pagan gods was that they were unpredictable, arbitrary, and capricious. For all that they mimicked human behaviors, they were impossible to understand. One could only try to avoid and placate them. For that reason, just like the children of abusive parents, pagan worshippers weren’t motivated by morality. Rather, their goal, always, was to avoid abuse, no matter what it took.
Islam teaches that Allah is The Unique, The Single, the sole One deserving of worship. There is nothing like Him. Images of Allaah cannot be drawn, and He is not compared to His creation. For this reason, unlike some Christian and Hindu books and homes, you do not find images or pictures of Allaah. Mosques never contain images of Allaah, as Allaah cannot be envisioned.
Allah would never take the form of a man, but Jesus Christ did become a man. Christ humbled himself and came in the form of a baby born in a manger. Joseph and Mary did not raise Jesus in Rome, Athens, or Jerusalem.
The Christmas season can be a challenge for all of us with our busy lives, travel, the weather, and many other demands.