Among the presents scattered under the Christmas tree, the nativity sits as a quiet reminder of what Christmas is all about. My dad made this little stable several years before he died in 2002. It is simple and made of plywood. A few sticks from my parents backyard hold up the roof, and the roof has glued pieces of pine bark from their plant beds. It always brings a smile when I think of how the baby Jesus might have approved of his structure. I truly can’t believe how well it has held up over the years! As you can imagine it is a precious and very valued piece of my holiday memories.
One of my friend’s posted on this on Facebook a few days ago. She is the mother of five beautiful young children.
Her caption read: “Not sure which of the kids set up this nativity scene, but I couldn’t help but pause when I walked by and saw that they had taken such careful consideration to make sure that everyone, including the animals, were facing towards Jesus. It was a small detail and sometimes its hard to know what all the kids really process or understand, but one of them knew enough to know that it was all about HIM…”
My favorite Christmas scene is from the tv show “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. When Charlie Brown cries out in frustration and discouragement, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Linus replies, “Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.”
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
Like Charlie Brown, I think we all get frustrated and discouraged from time to time. During this season it is good to pause and reflect on God’s greatest gift to us.
“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”