An Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, for Joseph always followed his dreams, even when they involved dolphins, so there was no need for the Angel to appear in the flesh (not like that); thus the Angel appeared in a dream, which fulfilled the prophecy about dreams. And Angels. Which meant the Angel didn’t really appear at all, did he?
“Get up,” he (the surreal Angel) said.
But Joseph replied, “I can’t. I’m in a dream. Pinch me. See? Didn’t feel a thing.”
The fantasy/hallucination/trance Angel replied, “No, but seriously, take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child and…” (cue sinister corduroys…)
…to be continued…