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Christmas Story by Sue Champion

Posted on: December 10, 2021

Our tree is decorated and we are gearing up for Christmas, so I want to share a wonderful story by a writer friend of mine. Whatever your beliefs are, it’s a story that never grows old. I love her realistic take on this age-old story.

Christmas Story by Sue Champion

Mary stepped into the night with trepidation. She felt chilled in the evening air. The donkey ride had not exactly been comfortable in her condition but was grateful she did not have to walk.

Horrified when Joseph told her they had to go to Bethlehem to register for the census. She would have given anything to have stayed at home with her mother to have the baby. It was only when Joseph read the scriptures to her, which foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, that she understood it was God’s plan, and she must go with him.

Nevertheless, it was scary being in a strange town with nowhere to stay, knowing her baby was due very soon. Joseph had many relatives in Bethlehem, and he was confident one of them would have a room for them. Most greeted Joseph warmly, but when they saw Mary, they seemed embarrassed and turned the couple away. Of course, they knew Joseph had been betrothed for some time. They had all been to the engagement party, but they also knew that no wedding had taken place.

At last, one cousin had compassion on them and took them in, but was very sorry all his upper rooms in the house were full, as with this census, many travellers wanted accommodation. However, he offered them the lower part of the house where the animals were kept. By this time the couple were grateful for anything and thanking him, they agreed. There were bundles of hay to be used as a bed, and he lent them a couple of thin blankets.

That night the baby came. There was no midwife, only Joseph. No clean towels or hot water, and only one of the animal’s feeding troughs to use as a cot. Yet, when Joseph eventually placed the child on her breast, she felt an astonishing sense of joy and love. The couple looked at each other in helpless wonder, the baby was crying, messy, covered in straw, not unlike a newborn lamb might be. Could this really be the Son of God?

Joseph went outside for some fresh air, looked up, and was amazed to see an unusually bright star right above the house. He then saw some shepherds approaching, and wondered where they had come from. They came right to the door of the room. One of them told Joseph that they had been in the field minding their sheep when an angel of the Lord appeared to them and told them to go worship the child, whom they would find by following the star above. The star now shining above this very house.

Joseph let them in. Mary had used one of the blankets to wrap the child and had laid him in a manger. Joseph gazed at the scene and imagined he saw an angel kneeling next to them. He thought he heard him say, “Fear Not”.

Susan Champion, December 2021


Sue Champion spent most of her childhood and a considerable amount of her adult life in Africa. This is reflected in many of her poems, for as anyone who has lived in Africa knows, the continent steals a part of your soul. She only began writing after retiring to Spain, where she joined a writers group and discovered a love of writing, especially poetry.

Sue has written a heartfelt book of poetry called Prayer, Praise and Poetry which can be found on Amazon.uk.com


and other Amazon sites.

This book is for anyone aged nine to ninety plus. Dip into it at any time of day. Read it quietly or out loud. Let it uplift you. It would also make a great gift.

Here is my review:

A wonderful collection of contemporary poems, written from the heart. Each poem holds its own story and addresses many topical issues. It is a perfect book to pick up and open at random. Every time I do, the page speaks to me. Like when I read, “Storms Never Last.”

The book is divided into sections such as Praise, Our Planet, On a Lighter Note, War, Kids, and Bereavement. It ends with a moving poem, “Tribute to Nelson Mandela” and a lovely piece, “Wild Swans” in honour of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on her 90th birthday. And finally, “Why Write?” which will ring true to most writers or those who wish to be.

This feel-good book of poems should be on everyone´s night table.

64 Responses to "Christmas Story by Sue Champion"

Thanks for sharing, Darlene! This year it will take a much longer time, to get into mood for Christmas. Have a nice weekend! xx Michael

To lighten my spirits, I started early this year. Thanks for reblogging. Enjoy your weekend as well.

Thank you very much, Darlene! Oh yes, we are used to have fun. xx Michael

You are right. This is a story that never grows old, even in adaptation. I’ll share this on Facebook!

Thanks so much, Marian.

Thanks for adding this to ‘Click & Run’, Darlene.

What a wonderful story. It brings that day to light. I didn’t want it to end.

I know. The story made it seem very real.

Yes, this story is timeless.

I enjoyed Sue’s rendition of Christ’s birth. I think we tend to forget how young Mary was.

Beautifully written by Sue, Darlene. She filled in some of the gaps in the traditional story. Thank you for sharing it.

So true. I liked that the animals were usually kept on the ground floor of the house in those days, which was considered the stable.

I like it too. I think many places did it for a long time until we lost the ability to respect the value of our animals.

That was lovely Darlene!

Thanks. I thought so too.

A story that should remind everyone, especially a few governments and commissions, that we are approaching Christmas time, not holiday time. As Buddhists Dr C and I take no offence in the name whatsoever and stories like this reinforce the message and the beliefs of millions.

So true. Thanks for your comment, Dr B.

Lovely, timeless story, Darlene. Thank you for sharing Sue’s writing with us.

You are so welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.

Thank you so much for sharing Darlene., really appreciate. Also for reviewing “Praise, Prayer and Poetry”

You are welcome. It was my pleasure to share this wonderful story.

Perfect share today! Lovely story.

I know. Sue usually writes poetry so this was a pleasant surprise.

I love the easy storytelling voice of the timeless story of Jesus birth as told here. Poetry is an artform that I enjoy in small doses, like cheesecake. Anytime, but one piece only (at a time).

Thanks for your comment. I feel the same about poetry (and cheesecake for that matter). I have a few poetry books that I read one or two poems at a time. Poetry is to be savoured not gobbled.

Beautifully told. As someone else said, it’s timeless.

Thanks for sharing this – it’s the spirit of giving, and you gave us a treat!

It was too good not to share. Glad you enjoyed it, John.

Lovely. I also love that title: Storms never last. It’s a good quote to keep near when times are tough.

That is so true. At one time my son had this hanging on his wall. “Tough times don´t last, tough people, do.”

I’ve heard that saying many times, and Canadian Brett Kissel has a song out with that name.

This is a lovely telling of the Christmas story, Darlene.

It is, isn’t it? Glad you liked it, Robbie.

Wow this is very gorgeous! Thanks for sharing !!!

Thank you for reading it.

A beautiful and timeless story from Sue. Thanks for sharing the story, Darlene, as well as Sue’s book and your review. Happy Holidays!

Thanks so much, Diana.

A lovely post, Darlene! Thanks for introducing us to Susan and her writing. Her book is on my Wish List! Sharing…

Hi Darlene – thank you for sharing – I enjoyed this retelling of the first Christmas! It’s beautifully done 🙂

Thank you so much. So pleased you liked the story.

That was wonderful! Thanks for sharing, Darlene.

Thank you for sharing! It is a beautiful story!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Glad you liked the story.

My son and I watch A Charlie Brown Christmas weekly this time of year. When I read this post, I immediately thought, “That’s what Christmas is all about”.

A lovely read. Thank you.

Even though I’ve read this story a million times before, it was like reading it for the first time again!

I know and it is from young Mary’s point of view which is nice.

On this Christmas season, a peep into the message of Jesus, https://chapter18.wordpress.com/2020/12/20/silent-night/

I have tweeted and pinned this post and thanks for sharing at SeniorSalonPitstop. Merry Christmas to you and yours and see you in the new year again at our Linkies

Thank you, Esme. Merry Christmas to you and your family. See you in the new year!

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