|Adoration of the Shepherds, Gerard van Honthorst,1622|
It's time to think about the important things in life, we're told. Pause, take solace, think about the true meaning of Christmas.
The story goes that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judaea.
There exists little evidence for this.
Let us think about that for a moment. The foundation theology of a religion that has dominated the minds and bodies of billions of people for two millennia, abused, persecuted and murdered millions more in the name of "god" and even to this day seeks to influence secular political debate has NO basis in reality.
The story we tell today through television specials and corporate-sponsored caroling events is actually an amalgam of the interesting bits present in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. The other gospels see fit to ignore something as seemingly important and notable as the miraculous virgin birth of their lord and saviour.
As historical records, the accounts of Matthew (probably not written by Matthew) and Luke (probably not written by Luke) are virtually useless. They were written (probably) by men up to eight decades after the fact about an event none was present at. The birth of Jesus was likely trumped up for theological reasons to ensure the pretty impressive adult Jesus could be retconned as the messiah.
In a answer to the question proffered in the article title, YES, there may as well have been more than one lobster present. There exists no evidence to the contrary, therefore there were at least two lobsters present.