Long ago, God sent the angel Gabriel to a sweet young Jewish maiden named Mary. He told her, “ You will have a son and call His name Jesus. He will be called the Son of the Highest. He will reign forever.”
In a dream, God’s angel told Joseph that this child was God’s son. Joseph was to help Mary look after Jesus.
Joseph trusted and obeyed God. He also obeyed his country’s laws. Because of a new law. He and Mary left for their hometown Bethlhem, to pay their taxes.
Mary was ready to have her baby. Joseph could not find a room anywhere. All the inns were full. Joseph finally found a stable. There, Baby Jesus was born. His mother laid Him in a manger, a place where animal food was usually put.
Nearby, shepherds guarded their sleeping flocks. God’s angel appeared and told them the wonderful news. Suddenly many more angels appeared praising God. The shepherds hurried to the stable. After seeing the Baby they told everyone they met what angels had said about Jesus.