Now the young couple was traveling to Bethlehem to pay their taxes. The trip was approximately 80 miles and it would take at least a week. Normally, it might have taken 4-5 days, but we are told Mary was great with child and that must have slowed their travels down a bit.
One might think that because of Joseph's lineage or even Mary's family that there would be family near enough to take them in, but at this point she was just as happy to have the manger available to her and Joseph.
The shepherds followed the star to the manger and they shared how the angel visited them. On their return trip they began to spread the word to everyone about this amazing child and everything the angel had said about him. And so it was as they went along praising and glorifying God.
On one hand, Mary may have been quiet as she listened and treasured their words... all while mulling them over in her heart. Still on the other hand, she was trying to grasp, the fact that this tender child in her arms, this little baby boy, truly was the Savior of the world.