Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah
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December 25, 2012
Bethlehem Stable News

by Jennifer Campbell

Tooele

“Live from Bethlehem stables, this is Bob the Jingle horse. You know, Bob? From the song, Jingle Bells? Sigh. You know ‘Bells on bob’s tail ring, making spirits bright?’ Yeah, that’s me. Anyway, I’m not here to talk about me. I’m here to interview the animals that were there at the first Christmas. Oh, here’s our first guest, Mr. Donkey. Tell us what your role was in the first Christmas.”

“Well back then the person in charge, Caesar Augustus, proclaimed a tax, so everyone had to go back to their place of birth to pay the tax. Mary and Joseph needed to travel from their home in Nazareth to Joseph’s hometown of Bethlehem. During the journey Mary was pregnant and ready to have her baby. When we arrived in Bethlehem, Joseph started to look for an inn for them to stay the night. He visited every inn in the city but they had no rooms left. One innkeeper let them stay in a stable.”

“Thank you, Mr. Donkey. Our next guest was a witness of a phenomenon that happened not far from the city. Mr. Sheep, tell us about what you saw that night.”

“Well, we were up in the hills with the shepherds when it happened. A bright light was in the sky and then an angel appeared. It frightened the shepherds, but the angel spoke to them and said, ‘Fear not. For behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And then the sky filled up with more angels and they started praising God.”

“Wow, thank you for sharing that with us. Our next guest didn’t get to see the baby Jesus until two years after he was born. Please tell us about your journey, Mr. Camel.”

“The wise men were studying the stars. They came upon a new star that had appeared out of nowhere and according to the ancient scrolls, that star would lead them to their savior. We set off across the desert and followed the star to Bethlehem. We continued following the star until we came to the house where Mary and Joseph lived. The wise men presented Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”

“Thank you, Mr. Camel. That will conclude today’s segment of Bethlehem Stable News. This is Bob the Jingle horse signing off and reminding you to tune in to the show that gets the news strait from the horse’s mouth.”

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