The Story behind Christmas
December 25, 2017 3:40 PM

Long ago, about 2000 years, when King Herod ruled Judea (now part of Israel), God sent the angel Gabriel to a young woman who lived in the northern town of Nazareth. The girl's name was Mary and she was engaged to marry Joseph.

The angel Gabriel said to Mary: 'Peace be with you! God has blessed you and is pleased with you.'  'Don't be afraid, God has been very kind to you. You will become pregnant by the Holy Spirit and give birth to a baby boy and you will call him Jesus. He will be God's own Son and his kingdom will never end.' 'Let it happen as God chooses.'

Joseph was worried when he found out that Mary was expecting a baby before their marriage had taken place. He wondered if he should put off the wedding altogether. Then an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and said: 'Don't be afraid to have Mary as your wife.'

At this time, the land where Mary and Joseph lived was part of the Roman Empire. The Roman Emperor Augustus wanted to have a list of all the people in the empire, to make sure they paid their taxes. Joseph and Mary traveled very slowly because Mary's baby was due to be born soon. Joseph and Mary traveled very slowly because Mary's baby was due to be born soon.

So in the place where the animals slept, Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Son of God.

This is how Christmas Day was named after the birth of Christ!

Team Raunka wishes you a Merry Christmas and hope this day brings to you the best of everything!
May this day brings with itself a bunch of joy and laughter, a delight to savour!

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