Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas on Purpose: a user friendly nativity

If Christmas is all about Jesus coming to earth for everyone, then I want to make sure that he is accessible to my kids.  I want them to be able to interact with him and his story. 
That is why a user friendly nativity was at the top of my list about 4 years ago.  Before we lived in this house we had a nice high, but still visible place (a.k.a out of the kids’ reach) to put a large and glorious nativity.  I loved it.  I still do.  But in our new home there was no such place.  And that lead to a lot of cringing on my part.  The nativity seemed so fragile and my kids were so not gentle.  And I think when I heard myself saying “don’t touch Jesus!” I realized something needed to change.
We stumbled upon this nativity at Goodwill.  It met my two requirements of a nativity:  budget friendly and kid friendly.  Now they can play with it all they want.  And I love that.  They don’t play with it as much this year, I guess that is a sign of them getting older but last year I loved finding Jesus in all sorts of unexpected places.  And isn’t that what Christmas is all about?  Finding Jesus in all our unexpected places.  He showed up here on earth in the most unexpected place and in the most unexpected way.  A humble stable, a young virgin, a carpenter father, and angel choruses; all waited to greet the newborn king.  And in his arrival he made himself accessible to all. 
That is what I am to do as a parent, make him accessible.  And it seems fitting that it starts at Christmas.

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