When it comes to the Christmas Story all of our focus is usually directed to Mary. What about the other individual mentioned in the story? Joseph. We see in Matthew 1, beginning at 18, "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." His future wife was pregnant. By the law he would have been justified at having her stoned to death. But, being a "just man" he was not willing to make her a public example and was "minded" however to put her away privately. He "thought on these things". Instead of jumping to conclusions he pondered the situation as he was a "just man"! He would have been justified at making her a public example..., but he chose not to. He could have kicked her out, but he didn't. Then, the Lord spoke to him through His angel, saying, "...fear not to take unto thee Mary they wife; for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost". Joseph was a wise man and slow to react. I wonder what would have happened had Joseph rebelled? Course, the Lord knew what He was doing right from the start. All to often we seem to skip over Joseph.