And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Several years ago my mom, dad, and I were at Celebration enjoying the sights and sounds of Christmas. We went into one of the shops on Main Street and found a Fontanini set 50% off. Well you know that doesn’t happen very often, so my mom said this will be your Christmas present, and purchased the stable and various nativity characters for me.
You see growing up; my job was always to arrange the nativity set at my parents’ house. I would carefully and very meticulously place all of the characters just the way I wanted them. For those few moments, I would transport myself back in time to play out the birth of Jesus. My mom had a Fontanini set and what I enjoyed so much about it was that it was very “kid friendly.” I could handle the pieces at a young age and though I was still careful, she didn’t have to worry about them breaking instantly, like other nativity sets. I always said I wanted a set like hers. Well this was the year I was getting my very own set.
I still have my Fontanini set but I kept my Christmas decorations very limited this year. But next year, I plan to pull out the set and talk through the birth of our Savior with both of my boys. What a treasure, what a keepsake, what a story we have to tell. Keep spreading the Good News friends – Jesus Christ is born!
Almighty God, we thank You for that incredible gift of Your son Jesus Christ. Thank You for symbols and stories that we can continue to share so that others can learn about Him. We love You and we pray that the Christmas story can be told everyday of the year. Amen.