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Silent night holy night

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Jesus is born

Once upon a time around the year 0 there was a woman called Mary and her husband Joseph who lived in a place which was called Nazareth. Together they travelled to the place Bethlehem.

When they got to Bethlehem it was nighttime and all the motels and hotels were full and there was nowhere for them to sleep.Mary was also pregnant and that night gave birth to a baby who she wrapped up in a little bit of fabric and laid down in a box in a horse stable because that was the only place available for them to rest.

The Son of God is born

A little bit further away outside in a field there were shepherds looking after their sheep and an angel came to these shepherds and said to them, I have good news for you and everyone else in the world, it is reason to be very happy because today the Son of God was born. You will find Him in a horse stable.
And all of a sudden with the angel there were many more from heaven all saying how good God is and peace on earth and good things for all of us.


Son of God is born

Christ the Saviour of the world is born

The shepherds then ran to the stable to visit Mary and Joseph and the baby and afterwards they told everyone that Christ the Saviour of the world was born.
Because Jesus’ birth was such a big event in all the time that the world has existed, people started to number the years after Jesus was born. It is now the year 2014. That means that Jesus was born 2014 years ago and the dates of our calendar tell us everyday how long ago Jesus was born.

The Son of God came to earth

And when people talk about when something happened they say, This happened so many years before or after Jesus was born (BC or AD.) All over the world once a year people sing songs and celebrate that very special day that the Son of God came to earth.

Below are the lyrics of a popular song which people sing to celebrate Jesus’ birth. When you click here you can listen to the melody and sing the words below alongside it.


All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth




Bedtime stories – Jesus is born – Australian translation from Luke 1 and 2 ~ reprinted with permission from babesandlittlechildren.com