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The night Jesus was born was a very special night for all the angels in heaven. They watched excitedly as Jesus was born in a stable, and as His mother, Mary, tenderly wrapped Him and laid Him in the manger. They couldn’t keep quiet a minute longer. God had just given the world the precious gift of His Son. It was wonderful news!

But no one else on earth knew about the marvelous thing that had just happened. No one was there to welcome Jesus, the newborn King. The angels wanted to share their happiness with someone, but whom would they tell?

That night shepherds watched over their sheep on a hillside near the city. That very night the shepherds were probably talking with each other about the promise God had given them so long ago. They knew that God had promised to send a Savior, and they prayed that He would come soon.

Suddenly the shepherds saw a bright light. They had probably never seen anything shining so brightly at night, and it frightened them. Then they heard a voice as they looked up. The bright light was an angel!

“Do not be afraid,” said the angel. “I bring you good news of great joy. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. You will find Him wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly the sky was bright with hundreds of glorious, sparkling angels. They sang a song unlike any the shepherds had ever heard. The shepherds watched and listened in amazement.

“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth, peace to all people.”

The angels were so happy to share the news of Jesus’ birth! Their beautiful song flowed from hearts brimming over with joy. It was a song of praise for the precious gift of Jesus. That was the very first Christmas song. Today we still sing songs about Jesus’ birth. Let’s thank God for the precious gift of His Son, Jesus.