Away in a Manger
(American Christmas Carol for the Nativity)
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.
The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle til morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
And take us to heaven, to live with Thee there.
Also see: Three Wise Men.
The Bible Nativity story:
Joseph and Mary made a trip to Bethlehem, the place where Joseph’s family came from. However when they reached the village it was crowded and they could not find a place to stay. So, they decided to spend the night in a manger where animals lived. It was there that Mary gave birth to the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
The birth of Jesus was signified by a bright star in the sky. Wise men from different parts of the world understood the significance of this star and followed it to reach Bethlehem. They brought along gifts for the baby and his parents. In other parts of Bethlehem, where shepherds were grazing their sheep, angels appeared to give them the good news. They sang and made merry to welcome the Holy Spirit to earth.
Since then, people have celebrated this day as Christmas.
Many Christians go to church at midnight to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. They exchange gifts, sing carols, and enjoy themselves. The season is all about warmth and joy, so let your children enjoy this day to the fullest.