Nativity Natters

Yay! Thirty one outfits ready for this afternoon’s turn up and take part nativity play.

9 shepherds

9 kings

9 angels

5 sheep

1 star

1 Mary

1 Joseph

3 reindeer

and 1 big flowery Auntie Flo dress.

Auntie Flo's Flowery Dress amongst the Angel Outfits

I’m not currently sure where the three reindeer and Auntie Flo come into the story but I’m sure we’ll make space for them somehow! You always get a few gate crashers at any good party.

If I get the chance I’ll try to let you know how it goes

Meanwhile, there are just so many great nativity stories around at this time of year. This one I particularly enjoyed. I’ve shortened it a bit to reduce the ‘smaltz’ effect

When my son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten I couldn’t make the that year.“Winter Pageant.” Unwilling to miss my six year old’s shining moment, I spoke with his teacher. She assured me there’d be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation. All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then. Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise. 

So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes
 early.  As I waited, the students were led into the room. Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor. Then, each group, one by one, rose to perform their song. 

Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the holiday as “Christmas,” I didn’t expect anything other than fun, commercial entertainment songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer.

So, when my son’s class rose to sing, “Christmas Love,” I was slightly taken aback by its bold title.Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red sweaters, and bright snow caps upon their heads.Those in the front row- center stage – held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song. As the class would sing “C is for Christmas,” a child would hold up the letter C. Then, “H is for Happy,” and on and on, until each child holding up his portion had presented the complete message, “Christmas Love.” 

The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her; a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter “M” upside down – totally unaware her letter “M” appeared as a “W”. 
The audience of older children snickered at this little one’s mistake. But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she stood tall, proudly holding her “W”.
 Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together.

A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen.
 In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos, there was a purpose for our festivities. 

For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear:
“C H R I S T W A S L O V E”
And, I believe, He still is.
Amazed in His presence… .humbled by His love.

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