The story marvelously unfolds as we gather together until on Christmas morning each family member chooses a piece of the Nativity to hold. My husband takes the family Bible and reads the story of Christ's birth as one by one we place our piece in the stable...ending with him placing the Babe in the manger. Precious hymns are sung...O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Silent Night, Away in the Manger..until we end with Happy Birthday Jesus.
Our tradition has been shared year by year with family, friends, and Sunday school classes. Children love the interaction and anticipation of placing each piece in the scene as truth is shared in this moment of togetherness. Today I am grateful for the amazing creativity that brought this precious memory to our family.