Just before Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary had to go to another city called Bethlehem to pay their taxes. In those days there were no buses or trains or cars such as we have in which to travel, so people could not go quickly from one city to another as we do today. People had to walk or ride on donkeys or camels. Mary probably rode a donkey on the way to Bethlehem which made the journey seem long and slow. Sometimes travelers could sleep in large rooms in inns. Inns were square buildings that were open inside, and the back part was sometimes used as a stable where animals were kept. But there were times when travelers could not find any kind of place to stay during the night. It was a long journey from Nazareth, the town where Joseph and Mary lived, to the city of Bethlehem. It was about eighty-five miles. When Joseph and Mary arrived in the city of Bethlehem they must have been very tired from the long journey and the hard way in which they had to travel.