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Christmas Article 13

Christmas Article 13

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13. The Christmas StoryThe idea of celebrating Jesus' birth was done to counteract pagan holidayscelebrated in Rome during the Winter Solstice. Church leaders thought Christmascelebrations were more likely to be popular if they coincided with thetraditional festivals and merrymaking during the Winter Solstice.Although some Christmas celebrations are secular, the religious aspect of Christmas remains central to celebrations. This is evident in church servicessuch as Midnight Mass and primarily in the many forms of the Nativity, orChristmas Story, presented wherever people celebrate Christmas.That story started in Nazareth in Galilee about two thousand years ago.Mary, a young woman, was engaged to a carpenter named Joseph. An angel appearedto her one day and told her she was with child. She couldn't understand how thatcould happen because due to her circumspect nature, she had not laid in bed withJoseph. The angel explained however, that the child would be special as he wouldbe the Son of God and his name was to be Jesus. Mary and Joseph then got marriedsoon after the angel's appearance.. But about the time when Mary was to have thebaby, the couple had to travel far away to Bethlehem, Joseph's birthplace, topay a special tax.It was difficult for them to find a place to stay because many otherpeople were in Bethlehem to pay their taxes. After many rejections, oneinnkeeper offered a room in his stable where they could spend the night. That'swhere Jesus, the Holy Child and Son of God was born and then wrapped in bundlesof cloth and placed in a manger for a cradle. In the same hours that Mary was giving birth, shepherds who were in afield that overlooked Bethlehem saw an extremely bright star over the sky inBethlehem. They had never seen anything like it and had feelings of curiosityand scariness. An angel appeared and told them the 'good news' that the Son of God had been born in Bethlehem.The shepherds left their flocks to go to Bethlehem to find the baby. Whenthey reached the stable, they were filled with immense joy at seeing Jesus. Theyfell to their knees and worshipped Him. They also told Mary and Joseph about thebright star and the angel appearing to say Jesus would be the Savior of theworld.The bright star was also seen by Wise Men in the east. The Wise Men, whostudied the stars, learned that a new and great ruler would appear whenever anextraordinarily bright star appeared in the sky. Three of them therefore set outto find the new ruler. They first visited King Herod in Jerusalem because theythought the child would be born in the palace. But when they asked to see thechild who would be the new ruler, King Herod was very worried as he thought hewould be removed from the throne. King Herod told the Wise Men that when theyfound the baby, they should return and tell him so that he could also worship

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