The Christmas Memories, Part 1

Somewhere during the Christmas blitzkreig, I plan to write a series of posts about my favorite Christmas memories.

Here’s one:

The Kids are 3 & 7. My husband is serving a small Methodist church in metro Atlanta. This particular Christmas, we put on a child’s Nativity pageant during the morning service. We had a good range of children’s age groups, but a particularly large and unruly crop of 3-4 year olds – mostly BOYS. Everyone was in costume. With appropriate accessories. My oldest was an angel, all white with tinselly wings and halo. One of the other angel was another 6 year old girl who had a propensity of pulling her dress up over her head whenever she was in front of the church. This day was no exception. There’s Mary & Joseph (both around age 6) at the manger. If I remember correctly, Baby Jesus was a REAL baby. (Baby A?? -D, help me here). The wise men and shepherds were all 3-4 year olds. I am in the vestibule, in charge of the thundering herd of children to be send down the aisle at the appropriate time. To the sounds of carols, the children process down the aisle very cutely and sweetly to visit the tiny Holy Family (angels to the sides all around). The shepherds (of which my least’un was one) carried adorable little stuffed sheep about a foot tall with little bells on their collars. They processed down the aisle, little bells tingling, and promptly threw their little sheepies in the manger with the baby Jesus. The little bells went tingle, tingle, thunk. Then the little wise guys tromped down the aisle and promptly added their fine gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the pile in the manger. Thunk, thunk, clank. Baby Jesus just wiggled and giggled, covered with stuff. Then they all crowded around the manger, hanging on the sides, like kids do when they smother the birthday boy opening his presents. Priceless.

The parents were crying, they were laughing so hard!

Happy Birthday Jesus, sheep and all!

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