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The Story of the Christ Child
and Christmas

When Rome was a great Empire ruled by Caesar Augustus and Israel was governed by King Herod, in the village of Nazareth lived Joseph and Mary. Joseph was a carpenter and Mary was a young virgin who would become his wife. Mary told Joseph of a dream in which she was visited by an angel who told her she had been chosen to bear the Son of God and his name was to be Jesus.

One day the emperor sent notice that all persons were to register for a new tax. They were instructed to return to the towns of their birth. Joseph and Mary left Nazareth for Bethlehem. Mary who was with child, and close to the birth, rode on a donkey while Joseph walked beside her. They traveled for many days and only rested at night.

When they reached Bethlehem it was night. They looked for a place to rest but there were no empty rooms when they reached the inn. As they were being turned away Joseph mentioned his wife was with child and close to birth. The inn keeper took pity on them and told them of some caves in the nearby hills that shepherds would stay with their cows and sheep.

So Joseph and Mary went up into the hills and found the caves. In one cave was a stable room. Joseph cleaned it and made beds of fresh hay. He found a feeding trough which he cleaned and filled with hay to use as a crib. The next night Mary gave birth to a son and they named him Jesus, as the angel had said.

When the child was born a great star appeared over Bethlehem that could be seen for miles around. In the fields nearby shepherds were tending their flocks. An angel appeared to them surrounded by bright light. The shepherds were frightened and tried to run.

"Fear Not," said the angel, "For I bring you tidings of great joy. For unto you is born this day in Bethlehem - a Saviour who is Christ the Lord."

"And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger."

Suddenly the sky was filled with angels, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men."

After the angels departed the shepherds set out for Bethlehem. When they reached the cave they found the stable and inside was the child wrapped in swaddling clothes.

As the star shined over Bethlehem, in the east three kings would see it. They knew it was a sign and they set off to follow the star. There was Caspar - the young King of Tarsus, Melchior - a long bearded old man and leader of Arabia, and Balthazar - the king from Ethiopia. They traveled on camels for many days over the mountains, and through the deserts, and plains. Always following the bright star.

When they finally arrived in Bethlehem they found the child in the manger. The 3 kings bowed to their knees and offered gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They would stay the night in the cave and the next day returned to their lands to spread the news.

Religious Christmas Cards can be found featuring the Nativity scene and other religious scenes that depict the true meaning of Christmas.

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michaela harris from Ohio, US
11:39 01/06/2011
i like this website it is really good fro looking up info.
angela from Philippines
05:21 12/30/2010
how wonderful story
Audrey G. from Missouri, US
17:30 12/25/2010
every day is a holiday and we were blessed with the gift of Love and life thru CHRIST.MERRY CHRISTMAS AND PEACE.thank you I LOVE YAL
Hannah from Illinois, US
08:34 12/25/2010
this should be under the article "the story of Christmas. That is what it is. The true story.
04:00 12/25/2010
Hi, I am David and I am 2 1/2 years old. This Christmas morning (25/12/2010) my Pappa read to me the above story of my Jesus. This is to let you know that I like the story and above all my Jesus..!!! Thank you. DAVID
joe from United States
20:24 12/24/2010
Brandon, The Magi were astronomers and the unusual star would have been noticeable to them even more than anyone else.
jasmine from Tennessee, US
15:20 12/24/2010
i love this it tells about christmas and christmas is not just about toys it is about giving,sharing,and love that is what chirstmas about
Brandon from Malaysia
05:43 12/22/2010
The bible never mention there are 3 kings or who are the kings. The bible only says that there 3 gifts not 3 kings. And know that in the those days, kings never travel together and a king usually travel in a huge caravan, because of food supplies. And the last part of this story is not complete and not base on the bible. And the star is no brighter than any other normal star. In those days, people travel by looking at the stars, so if there is a extra star in the sky, they know there is something special in that direction. If the start God place in the sky is brighter and bigger than all the other star, why only the Magi saw it? So, I'm here just sharing the bible truths. GB
judy zheng from New York, US
20:20 12/21/2010
this is a very exiting passage i am very glad that i can use this for my homework.MERRY CHRISTMAS.^_^
illegal_amish from Tennessee, US
15:08 12/20/2010
hey, im an amish and i just found a computer! its amazing! happy xmas! :)

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