The Emperor of Rome wanted to count all the people in his Empire. He wanted to know how many there were so that he would know if they were paying enough taxes.
Mary and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem, the town of David, because David was their ancestor.
When they got to the town, there was nowhere for them to stay. Joseph was very worried, because Mary was about to have her baby.
At last, someone found them a place in a stable. It wasn’t a very good place, but at least it was dry, and out of the cold and the wind. And there,in a small country town, in a land on the edge of the great Roman Empire, in a poor stable, Jesus was born.
In the nearby hills, shepherds were keeping watch over their sheep. Suddenly they saw a bright light. It was an angel!
‘Do not be afraid,’ said the angel. ‘I have news that will make you very happy. A baby has been born in Bethlehem, and he has come to save the whole world. You will find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.’
Then the whole sky was filled with angels, singing Glory to God.