This short guide takes you behind the scenes of the nativity play to what we know about the time, place and people who played their part in the true story of Jesus' birth. Ideal as a giveaway at school nativities or advent church services.
Mary and Joseph in the stable. Angels, shepherds, wise men and assorted animals standing by. A baby doll in the straw-filled manger. The nativity play is a fun event in the Christmas calendar for children and adults alike.
But was was it really like when Jesus was born in the little town of Bethlehem, and what could it mean for you?
This booklet takes each element of the nativity story – the people, the place and even the date of Jesus' birth – and explores what we know about them based on historical sources.