The normal narrative that goes with the Christmas season is one of peace, tranquility, and joy. We see scenes of a smiling Joseph and Mary looking down upon their pride and joy who is laying peacefully in a clean wooden manger. The picture is of a couple and a baby who have the perfect life. Reality is much diferrent.
Yes the birth of Jesus was a time of great joy because He was the long awaited Savior-King who would bring salvation to the world, but this does not mean that the birth of Jesus was without turmoil and trouble. I’m sure it wasn’t easy on Mary to walk several miles while being pregnant. I also do not doubt that Joseph and Mary faced ridicule because of the nature of the conception of Jesus. We know that later certain people questioned the legitimacy of Jesus’ birth. Although joy and peace entered the world in the person of Jesus, we cannot glorify this time so much to miss the sacrifices of Joseph and Mary.