Arrrrgh! I forgot the reindeer!
At yesterday’s ‘turn up and take part’ nativity, one child chose a reindeer outfit. (I knew I should have left them at home). So we get through the whole story and the shepherds, kings and angels have all been called out of the audience to play their part with Mary and Joseph and we are nearly at the end when someone points out to me the tearful reindeer left sitting on the front row.
Oops! My first response was to tell him that as it was a stable scene we obviously needed a reindeer but that clearly wasn’t convincing enough. He stayed firmly in his seat and his lower lip began to wobble. I reckoned I had about ten seconds before I had a full on sobbing reindeer on my hands.
Now it’s not easy to construct a plausible connection between Bethlehem and reindeer under pressure, so, in case any of you out there are ever required to do the same, here’s how it’s done in 4 ‘easy’ steps:
” Jesus is God’s best present to the world… we give each other presents…Father Christmas gives presents too… Father Christmas needs reindeer!”
Phew! It worked!
Compared to that, everything else was a doddle. Thanks to everyone who helped out