Christmas Story (Luke 2:1-14)
And it came to pass in those days that a decree went
out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.
So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of
Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because
he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his
betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there,
the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her
firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in
the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel
of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and
they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, Do not be
afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all
people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a
Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the
heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest, And on
earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
during this blessed season, enjoy the lights and decorations but let's
not forget the true
meaning of Christmas.