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The Christmas Story Once More

Updated on December 20, 2013

Mary, the Young Maid of Galilee


Mary lived in Galilee and was soon to be married to Joseph, a carpenter. An angel spoke to her and explained that she would conceive a son through the Holy Spirit. The baby boy’s name would be Jesus.


Mary a very young girl, who knew not any man, asked the Angel how this could be true? The Heavenly Messenger assured her that nothing is impossible with God. With humility and awe, she rejoiced in God her Savior.


What Child is This ~~ Josh Groban

Joseph and Caesar Augustus


When he heard the news that Mary was pregnant, Joseph had every right to reject and abandon her. But he was a kind and good man and did not want to cause her further shame.


God sent an Angel to Joseph to reassure him. Joseph knew the baby would be the Messiah, God with us, Emmanuel. Joseph listened to God, obeyed, and took Mary as his wife.


Caesar Augustus called for a census of everyone in the Roman Empire. Joseph had to go to Bethlehem to be registered. And there in the stable of an Inn, Mary gave birth to her baby.


Angels We Have Heard on High

Messengers in the Judean Hills


Another Messenger of the Lord appeared to the shepherds who were tending their flocks in the Judean hills that night. The angel announced that the Savior had been born in the town of Behtlehem.


A mighty chorus of heavenly beings appeared with the angels and together they sang praises to God. Later, when they talked amongst themselves, the shepherds decided to journey to Bethlehem to see the Christ-child.


They encountered Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus, in the stable. Later, they spread the word about the Blessed child. They went on their way praising and glorifying God.


But Mary’s heart was still and quiet as she reflected on all that had happened and all that had been said. Did she fully realize the sweet baby in her arms was destined to be the Savior of the world?


The Eastern Magi and The Savior of Mankind


The Magi, wise men and rulers, had seen a star in the East and came in search of it. They believed the star heralded the birth of a King. Herod, ruler in Jerusalem, met with the Magi and asked them to report back after they had found the child, saying he also wanted to honor and worship the child-King.


The Magi continued to follow the star in search of the new born King and found Jesus with his mother in Bethlehem. They bowed deeply, in respect, and worshiped him, offering treasures of gold, incense, and myrrh to the new King.


Aware of Herod’s desire to destroy the child, they did not visit him again and instead journeyed back to their own Kingdoms. And the young child grew in strength and wisdom, listening to and obeying both his earthly and heavenly Fathers, eventually laying down his life to redeem all who would believe. Selah.


Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2:1-20 (paraphrased).


We Three Kings ~~ King's College Choir

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Your Comments Are Welcome ~~ Many Blessings

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    • phdast7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you Mary -- you are so kind and encouraging. I did not know that "Mary Did You Know" was such a recent/new song (1984). I have always loved it and just assumed it had been around nigh unto forever like most Christmas songs. :) Have a Blessed New Year. :) Theresa

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      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you Deb. You are an "encourager" and I appreciate that. Hope you are having a restful few days as I am. Blessings. :) Theresa

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      A beautiful synopsis. Very well done, and quite to the point.

    • phdast7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good afternoon RT. You are so welcome. I am looking forward to gathering the three grandchildren together. Romans 10:14 is such a beautiful and meaningful verse. Thank you. Blessings. Theresa

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      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you Sheila. We do all get way too involved in the hustle and bustle, forgetting the true heart of Christmas, don't we? Have a Blessed Christmas. Theresa

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Beautifully done Theresa. If only at this time of year it is good to be reminded of the story of the simple carpenter that changed the world! Praise the Lord.

      I have to add my favorite Christmas song is "Mary Did You Know?" A beautiful song that fits the true spirit of Christmas. Though it is fairly new as Christmas songs go, written in 1984, it is heartwarming. "Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?"

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Eric - Thank you for sharing that with me. And you are very welcome. Can't wait for Tuesday night when my three grandchildren are here. :)

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      RTalloni 

      4 years ago from the short journey

      It is a precious thing to share the record of Jesus' birth with your grandchildren! "...How shall they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10:14)

      Thank you for sharing this paraphrase at this time of year!

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, yes, I, too, love "What Chid is This" ... it is truly beautiful. I sing it a lot too, throughout the year.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      You are welcome Jodah and thank you for reading and commenting. Christmas Blessings! Theresa

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      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      We never do tire of it Frank, do we? Have a Blessed Christmas and New Year! Theresa

    • phdast7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Faith, I love that you sing "Angels we have heard on high" to your grand-daughters all year long. What a sweet and meaningful tradition. :) Kind of sad that most of us reserve "Christmas" music, just for Christmas -- for some reason I catch myself singing What Child is This? through out the year, I think just because I love it so much.

      Thank you for reading and sharing and for blessings. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Theresa

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      sheilamyers 

      4 years ago

      This is a great hub for this time of year - and every day. We should always remember the "reason for the season". It's not all about the lights, Santa, and the rest of the hustle and bustle we find ourselves in.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My boy and I went through it. Than you.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for sharing the original Christmas story. We should all be reminded at this time of year.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      I agree with Faith, you cannot tire of listening to this telling tale.. bless you and have a wonderful holiday..:)

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, yes, the most beautiful story ever told! As far as I am concerned, this story can be retold a billion or more times, and it is always the most thrilling story of our lifetime, for it is truth!

      I love how you incorporated the perfect music here at the appropriate time and your cards for imagery are lovely. I always sing "Angels We Have Heard on High" to my granddaughters when putting them to bed, ever since they have been born, and they love it, all year long, not just at Christmas.

      Up and more and sharing

      Merry Christmas and God bless you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

    • phdast7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you Jamie. It had never occurred to me to try anything like this before. I started out by thinking about reading the Christmas Story to my grand-children Christmas Eve, and then it seemed too formal, so I began to write it like I would want to share it with them...and the pictures and music came. Blessings to you and yours. :) Theresa

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      Very well written retelling with great organization and full of Spirit! Jamie

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