I didn't realize until recently that the circumstances, and by that I mean impressions, of Christ's birth is not what I had always thought. You see, I had always been of the opinion that for Joseph and Mary to have been staying in a stable was almost an insult. There was no room in the inn, so they had to be outside with the animals. It was a horrible thing for them, and while the inn-keeper was inside with the warmth and comforts of the tavern, they froze outside like some homeless throw-aways, but this is not so.
You see, in that ancient culture, it was an insult to turn anyone away. If someone, anyone, came to you for help or for lodging, you had to find someplace for them. To turn them out onto the street with a 'No Vacancy' sign was the true insult. The inn-keeper had a social obligation to find them someplace to stay. There were many people traveling at that time due to the census decreed by Caesar Agustus, so the inn was full. Another thing that I had not thought of was that during that time, a person's animals were their most prized possessions. Their cows, chickens, and donkeys provided food, and manual labor that humans could not do. To place Mary and Joseph in the stable with the animals was like bringing them into their own home. This was a very special place indeed for the little King to be born. I feel quite certain that they were given the best food that the inn-keeper had to offer as they were his special guests.
What wrong impressions can your character's have. When they have their revelations, how does that turn your story on it's end. And how does that revelation change the outcome of your story?
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