While covering a picture he was making with Nativity stickers . . .
(Thank you, Patty Ingold)
Ian decided it was time to bring the Nativity set down from the attic.
Much rejoicing ensued when said Nativity was located and presented to Ian and Lilly. In fact, Ian broke into song, belting out a vein-popping rendition of Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
(Thank you, A Charlie Brown Christmas)
Ian proceeded to set up the Nativity, neatly arranging the shepherds with their sheep and the wise men together. Lilly was taking the donkey on a journey to Bethlehem.
(Thank you, Picture Bible)
The peace and excitement of that night in Bethlehem seemed to be playing out perfectly in my living room.
There was only one problem.
Jesus was missing.
Ian and Lilly would not rest until baby Jesus was found. We began our search, first ransacking the "stuff" tub, then Ian's closet and under beds, until baby Jesus was finally located at the bottom of a toy tub in Lilly's room.
And when he was found amidst much shouting and jumping, everything changed.
Appropriately, Jesus became the central figure in their play.
He was kissed
and showered with sweetness.
Everyone came to visit him.
It all reminded me, as Christmas approaches, may we keep Christ in it, at the center--of our holiday and our home.
(Thank you, God, for Jesus)
Merry (almost) Christmas.