The Birth of Jesus Christ
Caesar Augustus decreed that everyone should be registered. Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem because that is the city of David. Mary was with child and gave birth while they were there. They laid him in a manger because there was no room at the inn.
I've heard it pointed out that it is silly that everyone had to travel "each to their own town" to get registered. Seems like you should be counted where you live now, not where you are from.
The Shepherds and the Angels
Angels appeared to some shepherds nearby and told them about Mary and said that her son would be a savior. The shepherds went to see Mary and told her about the angels. After 8 days the boy was circumcised and named Jesus.
There is that 8 day thing again. I guess they didn't used to name children right away.
Jesus Presented at the Temple
Now they have to travel to Jerusalem to offer a sacrifice of two turtledoves or young pigeons because he is the first born son. This was the law of the lord.
they really have to do a lot of travelling here.
A man in Jerusalem named Simeon was told by the holy spirit that he would see the Lord Christ before he died. He went to the temple in spirit and took the baby up in his arms. Everyone thought it was cool.
The Return to Nazareth
When they were done with fulfilling the law, they went back to Nazareth and the boy grew and became strong and filled with wisdom. The favor of God was upon him.
The Boy Jesus in the Temple
When Jesus was twelve years old the family went on a trip to Jerusalem thinking Jesus was with them. But he had stayed behind and went to the temple to learn from the teachers. He asked a lot of questions and the teachers were impressed with his knowledge. His mother asked why he treated them so badly as they were worried about him. He didn't realize it was a big deal and then went with them.
Interesting passage. Jesus wanted to learn and the teachers seemed eager to help him learn. Also, he seemed sorry to make his parent worry.