When the angel of the Lord announced to the shepherds the birth of Christ, their circumstances, closeness to the event and the change it brought about gave them a special perspective on this first Christmas.
The mothers laughed, incredulous at God's grace in bringing life to the barren.
The Good Shepherd
Christ not only redeems us, but He continues to act creatively in His world governing all things down to the details.
Unwrapping the Meaning of Christmas
We cannot have some romantic message of peace and goodwill by isolating the story of Christ's birth from the rest of God's message to us.