Luke 2:6-7, KJV: “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.”
There's a lot of debate about what the Bible meant by "inn." It wasn't what we think of a hotel to be, for sure, but the debate is whether it was a similar idea, where strangers were housed, or if it was more like a room in a home, like the Upper Room, where Jesus and his Disciples ate the Lord's Supper.
Whatever it meant, there was no room for Mary and Joseph, so they had to sleep where animals slept (as a manger was the feeding trough for animals). It was already a hard, tiring journey for Joseph and Mary, but their journey hadn't finished yet because, since everyone had to return to their own city, there wasn't room for Joseph and Mary.
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