Read Luke 2:1-7.
Luke 2:1-7 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (2) (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) (3) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. (4) And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) (5) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. (6) And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. (7) And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Joseph and Miriam (Mary) were not even married yet when they went to be registered for the census. The Holy Scripture says they were espoused; engaged to be married. What a hard start for them. What must this have been like? Not yet married, traveling to Bethlehem for a census, having a baby, and giving birth in the animals’ area, then wrapping your newborn baby in strips of loose cloth you carry for cleaning yourself up or bandaging an injury during your travels. We have it so easy today in this country.