Christmas movies are made with many different plots, story lines, characters and happy endings. Most Christmas stories are about love.
However, the most important Christmas story of course, is the first one.
I imagine Mary and Joseph making preparations to travel to Bethlehem from Nazareth, to Joseph’s hometown. The trip was a necessary one–to register themselves as a married couple and their baby that was due to be born any day for the census–as was the Roman law at the time.
The trip would have normally taken about 3 days in good weather and under good conditions. But Mary was 9 months pregnant. Travel must have been arduous and slow.
It is no wonder that all the homes were full by others complying with the census law when Joseph and Mary arrived.
And that the only place left would be a lower house where usually the family animals were kept.
By ancient accounts and histories, neither Mary or Joseph looked for any particular assistance or special treatment. Seemingly accepting their fate and destiny.
And so a baby was born that brought salvation to us all.
This is the Christmas story we celebrate each year:
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, good will toward men.
This Christmas story is by far the most important and the one that leads us to all others. Why is this story so important? It is a story of hope, peace, family, humility and survival. But most importantly it’s a story about Love.