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Letter: Enjoying Nativity message through child’s eyes

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From: Bob and June Terry


Received: Dec. 10

This weekend we had our 4-year-old granddaughter while her mother worked. Since she likes to be busy, we thought she could help with our Christmas decorations. This was a good plan, but when it was time for Grandpa to put up the ceramic Nativity scene, we thought it best if Bryanna was more of a spectator — obviously a “passing thought.”

With much trepidation, he allowed her to stand on a little step-stool and very carefully place the pieces where he always set them.

 At the same time, he told her what each one was. She listened carefully, and he explained that baby Jesus would not usually be in the cradle until Christmas Day. He let her hold the little ceramic baby (who she thought should be in Mary’s arms.)

After that, Grandpa left. I stayed because she was still standing on her little stool and had questions. She asked why the shepherd and wise men had “sticks” (canes). At length, I told her they had walked a long long way to see baby Jesus and the canes helped them walk.

She got down; I resumed what I was doing. Then I heard the soft “clinking” of ceramic pieces! Uh-oh!

I went into the room. Bryanna had moved the angel, the shepherd, two wise men, the cow and the sheep into the manger, the baby was in the cradle and the other wise man was looking through the side of the manger. All facing in.

I asked Bryanna why she moved them all. Seriously she explained. “Nana, they all walked so many miles to see baby Jesus and now they are there! So they all want to look at him.”

How wonderful is the innocence of a child.

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