“Chapter 5: Jesus Christ Is Born,” New Testament Stories (2005), 13–15
The Roman emperor made a law that everyone must pay taxes. Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth. They had to go 65 miles (105 km) to Bethlehem to pay their taxes.
It was not easy for Mary to travel to Bethlehem. Her baby would soon be born.
When Joseph and Mary arrived in Bethlehem, all the rooms were filled with people. Mary and Joseph had to stay in a stable. A stable is a place where animals are kept.
There the baby was born. Mary wrapped Him in cloth and laid Him in a manger. Joseph and Mary named the baby Jesus.
Luke 2:7, 21
On the night Jesus was born, shepherds were taking care of their sheep in the fields near Bethlehem. An angel came to them. The shepherds were afraid.
The angel told them not to be afraid. He had wonderful news: The Savior, Jesus Christ, was born in Bethlehem. They would find Him lying in a manger.
The shepherds went to Bethlehem, where they saw the baby Jesus.
The shepherds were happy to see the Savior. They told other people about all they had heard and seen.
Luke 2:17, 20