Poor neglected Joseph NEVER got much attention, did he? He wasn't the star of the show by any stretch of the imagination, but he was still a good guy. You could always COUNT on Joseph.
Really, he was just like EVERY Dad on Christmas Eve, wasn't he? Trying to put impossible stuff together for his kid with instructions in some unknown language like Swedish or Chinese or Swahili --
Don't forget those three Wise Men too! Not many people know they were called that because of all their LAME WISECRACKS, just like those drunk uncles or uninvited cousins who always show up at our Christmas celebrations today --
And just like EVERY family gathering ever held, there were some relatives and guests engaged in activities which were best NOT talked about . . .
But still, everyone tried to get along because it was Christmas, after all. Even if perspectives differ WIDELY, the rule was and still is that there's NO FIGHTING, you guys!
THIS year, however, the world is such that we need to boil the Nativity Story down to its MOST BASIC ESSENCE . . .
. . . because it's VERY relevant to what's going on in TODAY'S world.