My husband’s grandfather was a talented woodcarver. One of his most beautiful creations is a nativity set that my in-laws always display at Christmas time. When our kids were little, they couldn’t resist handling the smooth, wooden figures. Being a wise woman and a thoughtful grandma, my mother-in-law put the heirloom set up high and bought a cheery, chubby little plastic set. She put it on a low table so the kids felt free to interact with these vital characters of the Christmas story.
My daughter Gwen was playing at her grandparents’ house when she was about 3-years-old. After she left, my mother-in-law found she had set all the little figures of the nativity scene in a line. Mary, Joseph, the wise men, all the other animals, even the Baby Jesus were all lined up, single-file, facing the donkey. I asked Gwen what was going on.
“They’re waiting their turn” she said solemnly, “to ride the donkey.”
Best wishes to you and your families for a joyful & blessed Christmas.