Dean sent me a link to this Youtube video entitled a "Digital Story of the Nativity" which is amusing and interesting.
I happen to believe the Nativity story and I've thought about why it took place at that point in history. Why not 1000 years earlier or 2000 years later?
It seems that if it is was much earlier then spreading the word around the world would have been much harder. Roman roads would not have been in place and some form of stability (although complete with Roman harshness) would not have been in place. Courts and rules of law were a part of the story as well and those were needed.
Why would it have been later? Perhaps it came at exactly the right time in history where the story could spread successfully. Later would have just been late.