Story of Christmas
In the "fullness of time" Jesus was born at Bethlehem, in the reign of the emperor Augustus, of Mother Mary, who was betrothed to Joseph, a carpenter. His birth was announced to shepherds. Marry brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. This event is of great importance to Christians, because they believe that Jesus was the Son of God.
One day god sent an angel to a girl named Mary. He told Mary that she would become pregnant, and give birth to the Son of God and the child would be named Jesus. He would grow up to become a king, and his kingdom would have no boundaries. As Mary was unmarried and a virgin she asked the angel how this was possible. In his reply he said that the Holy Spirit would come to her and she would marry to a man named Joseph.
The angel also visited Joseph and spoke to him in his dream. He told Joseph that Mary would soon be carrying a child and advised him to take good care of her and not to abandon her. Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth in present-day Israel. Emperor Augustus ordered a census, during the time that Mary was to deliver her child. Every citizen was required to travel to Bethlehem to get registered. All Jewish people had to be counted so the Roman Emperor could determine how much money to collect from them in tax. Those who had moved away from their family homes, like Joseph, had to return to have their names entered in the Roman records.
All inns and public houses in Bethlehem were over-crowded. Joseph took Mary from place to place in search of shelter, but he didn't find any place. They finally found some place; the innkeeper let them stay in the rock cave below his house which was used as a stable for his animals. Mary gave birth to Jesus at midnight and laid him in a manger. Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.