The Story behind Christmas

  Christmas is a holiday that is over 2,000 years old. When we speak of Christmas, we tend to think of decorations, shiny lights, snow, presents, and trees. But some of these are quite recent traditions. What is the real story behind Christmas? Christmas is a holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the son of God in the Christian1 religion2. Over 2,000 years ago, Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary had to leave their home and travel to Bethlehem.
  When they arrived in Bethlehem, all of the inns3 were full and they couldn't find any place to spend the night. To make matters worse, Mary started going into labor4. In the end, a kind-hearted man let them stay in his stable5 with the donkeys and sheep. Jesus was born that night, and he had to sleep in a manger6 because there was no bed for him.

  On that same night, a bright star rose in the sky above the stable. Three wise men saw this star and realized it was a sign from God. They followed the star and found Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. To celebrate Jesus' birth, they each gave him a present. This is why we exchange gifts at Christmas.




《Building Your Vocabulary》
1. pregnant a. 懷孕的
Michelle is now eight months pregnant.
2. kind-hearted a. 好心的;仁慈的
The kind-hearted lady gave her seat to me.
3. exchange vt. 交換;調換