Photography of Roy Thoman

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

The Roman emperor Herod decreed that every citizen return to their home town to be counted in the census. Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary made the long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the census. Many other people also came to Bethlehem. When Joseph and Mary arrived, there was no room at the Inn. They were allowed to spend the night in the stable. Mary was very close to giving birth to her child. They filled a manger with straw to prepare for the birth of the child.

An angel appeared to the people and said “Fear not, for I bring you tidings of great joy. In Bethlehem, in the stable of an inn, Jesus, Our Savior, has been born.”

This was the first Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

5 responses

  1. Like

    December 25, 2020 at 4:01 pm

  2. You sure have been to a lot of wonderful places. What beauty and experiences! Thank you for the photo journalism and beautiful images!

    Liked by 1 person

    December 26, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    • Thank you Dorothy! I’m hoping to go to more wonderful places sometime soon.


      December 26, 2020 at 1:33 pm

  3. You too! Happy new year 2021!


    December 26, 2020 at 8:18 pm

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