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The Christmas Story as told through popular songs of the 1960s
God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, and the virgin's name was Mary.
The angel said to her 'you are to have a son and you must call his name Jesus'. Mary was terrified and Shakin all over Johnny Kidd and the Pirates 1960. Why? Anthony Newley 1960 she asked. Because God has said This is from me to you Beatles 1963. 'Poor me,' Adam Faith 1960 said Mary, 'Please release me Englebert Humperdink 1967. I feel like a Puppet on a string Sandie Shae 1967'. 'Fear not Mary,' said the angel, 'the Holy Spirit will come upon you, for nothing is impossible with God It's now or never Elvis Presley 1960.' But Joseph to whom Mary was betrothed was not happy and considered splitting up. 'You've lost that loving feeling,' Righteous Brothers 1965 said Mary, 'and I understand but You don't have to say you love me Dusty Springfield 1966'. But Joseph had been told in a dream that this was all part of God's plan, so he told Mary: 'Fear not. You'll never walk alone Gerry & the Pacemakers 1963.' Mary was very relived and said she felt she was Walking back to happiness Helen Shapiro 1961.
So Mary and Joseph set off to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem where the Roman authorities had ordered them to be enrolled in the census. The town was crowded, and Mary knew her baby was almost due. 'Joseph,' she said, 'I want to hold your hand Beatles 1963. We must find shelter but the town is so crowded.' 'It's not unusual Tom Jones 1965, dear,' said Joseph, and eventually a kind innkeeper allowed them to use his stable. There the baby was born, after A Hard Day's Night Beatles 1964, and Mary and Joseph felt Glad all over Dave Clarke Five 1964. Mary looked at the tiny infant Jesus. 'Baby Love,' Supremes 1964 she said, 'I got you Babe' Sonny & Cher 1965, as The Young Ones Cliff Richard & Shadows 1962 settled down together in the straw.
Meanwhile, out on the hills shepherds Israelites Desmond Dekker & the Aces 1969 were looking after their sheep, when two angels appeared in the sky. 'Get off of my cloud,' Rolling Stones 1965 said one to the other, 'and go and tell those shepherds to go to Bethlehem.' The angel was a bit shy, so she just said Hello Goodbye - Goodbye Hello Beatles 1967. But the shepherds got the message and came quickly to the stable. 'Who are these Strangers in the night Frank Sinatra 1966,' said Joseph, but Mary invited them in. 'I've got Good Vibrations Beach Boys 1966 about them,' she said. The shepherds returned full of joy, saying to each other 'I'm a believer Monkees 1967.' And everyone was astonished.
Not far away in the East lived wise men, astrologers, and one night they saw a Blue Moon The Marcels 1961, and a big star in the sky. Perhaps it meant that the promised king had come. Even though it meant leaving the Green green grass of home Tom Jones 1966, they decided to set out on the journey. 'Let's Reach for the stars,' Shirley Bassey 1961 they said, 'even if it means we have to Climb every mountain Shirley Bassey 1961 and ford every stream. We have a Ticket to ride Beatles 1965, and permission to be King of the Road Roger Miller 1965.' 'Yes, These Boots are made for walkin Nancy Sinatra 1966,' and off they set. Arriving at the stable they offered gifts; Sweets for my sweet The Searchers 1963 - gold, Frankinsence and Myrrh. 'Congratulations, Lady Madonna Beatles 1968,' they said. This birth is very special. Joseph said 'I'm into something good Hermans Hermit 1964. These gifts mean that there's Always Something there to remind me Sandie Shaw 1964 of what happened on this night on this night With a little help from my friends Joe Cocker 1968.'
And the meaning of this story is that because A World without Love Peter & Gordon 1964 wouldn't be worth living in, God has come among us to remind us both that All you need is love Beatles 1967, and also What a wonderful world Louis Armstrong 1968 it is that God has made.
May you know God's Everlasting Love Love Affair 1968 in your hearts and homes this Christmas season. Happy Christmas.