True Meaning of Christmas Day 5: Joseph and Mary Travel to Bethlehem

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There isn’t a lot in the scriptures about Joseph and Mary’s travel to Bethlehem. What it does say is that there went out a decree (or notice) from Caesar Augustus that his empire will be taxed every one in their own cities.  I found it interesting that it doesn’t just mean being taxed with money.  It also means that they will be enrolled or registered as part of the being taxed. Meaning they take a record of who lives in what city like a Census. 

I found this beautiful video that gives us a little insight into their travel.  I feel this is a good representation of their travel without dramatizing it too much. Let’s take a look!

Insights of video:
  1. Joseph gave great attention to Mary as they were traveling. He made sure that she had water to drink. Also, I don’t know if you noticed but he made sure she was comfortable while riding on that donkey.  Ladies, can you imagine riding on a donkey being 9 months pregnant?! But I guess it was better than walking that much
  2. Growing up we have dramatized this story and have added in some things.  For years as a girl I thought that in the scriptures it talked about an innkeeper.  And multiple people telling them there was no room at any inns and to go to the stable. Well folks it’s not in the scriptures.  I was shocked! All it says is that Mary laid her baby in the manger because there was no room for them in the inn. In this video it just shows people closing their doors to them. How do you think you would feel after you found out you turned away the parents of Jesus Christ?! I would have felt awful, but that was the way he was meant to be born.

There is one thing I do want to mention about there being no room for them in the inn.  This Sunday in Relief Society, a class where all woman come together to learn, we talked about Following the Example of Jesus Christ. In there, there was something that went right along with this idea of being no room at the inn.  It says:

On that night in Bethlehem there was no room for him in the inn, and this was not the only time during the thirty-three years of his sojourn in mortality that there was no room for him. Herod sent soldiers to Bethlehem to slay the children. There was no room for Jesus in the domain of Herod, so his parents took him to Egypt. During his ministry, there were many who made no room for his teachings—no room for the gospel he taught. There was no room for his miracles, for his blessings, no room for the divine truths he spoke, no room for his love or faith. He said to them, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20).

Even in our day, although two thousand years have passed, there are many who say the same thing that was said on that night in Bethlehem. “There is no room, no room” (see Luke 2:7). We make room for the gifts, but sometimes no room is made for the giver. We have room for the commercialism of Christmas and even pleasure-seeking on the Sabbath day, but there are times when there is not room for worship. Our thoughts are filled with other things—there is no room.15

While it will be a beautiful sight to see the lights of Christmas … , it is more important to have human lives illuminated by an acceptance of him who is the light of the world [see Alma 38:9; D&C 10:70]. Truly we should hold him up as our guide and exemplar.

I am sorry it was such a long quote but it was all so good that I couldn’t pass it up.  The one quote that I love in there:


May we all give more time and gratitude to the giver this season. I hope you have been enjoying this as much as I have.  My knowledge of this subject has grown so much! I’m loving it, and I don’t plan on stopping! Will you continue to join me?

Love you all!!


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