About this time Caesar Augustus,the Roman Emperor, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the nation. Everyone was required to return to his ancestral home for registration. Because Joseph was a member of the royal line, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea. He took with him Mary, who was obviously pregnant by this time.And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born,and she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the Inn. That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flock's of sheep Suddenly an angel appeared among them, and the land shone brightly with the glory of the Lord.They were badly frightened, but the angel said don't be afraid, I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone.The Saviour,the Messiah, the Lord has been born tonight in Bethlehem. You will find a baby wrapped in a blanket, lying in a manger. Suddenly the angel was joined by the armies of heaven, praising God. Glory to God in the highest heaven, they sang ,and peace on earth for all those pleasing him.