We know the plot, and we know the characters.
Mary. Joseph. A baby. Shepherds. Wise men. An evil king. And angels. A host of angels.
And we know all their lines. In fact, though we all use more modern translations, many of us still mentally narrate this story in the old King James words.
And it came to pass
the city of David
great with child
the days were accomplished
she should be delivered
her firstborn son
in swaddling clothes
in a manger
no room for them in the inn
shepherds abiding in the field
keeping watch over their flocks
And lo, the angel of the Lord
the glory of the Lord
shone round about them,
and they were sore afraid
of great joy
to all people
Glory to God!
the babe, lying in a manger
And I think, of all the stories in Bible,
this one is best told by children.
Mine were happy to help.
A wise man with his myrrh, Herod-the-king, and a shepherd.
An adorable shepherd, accessorized by his craft-clever Sunday School teacher.
I love how all the kids participate.
From the preschool 'stars', who twinkle enthusiastically...
... and are sometimes overwhelmed with the attention they're receiving...
... to the primary shepherds...
... and the middle grade wise men, and Mary and Joseph...
... and Herod, who is enjoying having his Wise Man brother bow down to him.
And even the high-schoolers, pictured at the top, narrating,
and Away-in-a-manger-ing with the little ones.
Now it really feels like Christmas.