Okay, so it's probably a stretch to call this a tradition, but it seems to be exactly that. Especially if I have a two-year old in the house at Christmas time. And this year, I definitely do.
My mom purchased a plastic Precious Moments Natvity playset for two-year old Bria way back when she was actually two. It was mainly to keep her from touching my very breakable Precious Moments Nativity and it seemed to do the trick because Bria played with it incessantly that year. The thing that I remember most, is that I always found all of the figures surrounding the manger looking at the baby. I thought it was quite astute of a two-year old to know that the Baby Jesus is indeed the most important part of the Nativity.
And then Chloe did the same thing the year that she was almost two. But, then again, she also put the Baby Jesus in time out quite routinely.
Over time, we've lost either the shepherd or Joseph, I was never sure which was which anyway, but we've managed to keep the rest fairly intact. I put it together for Sophia last week, and she has been loving it. She puts the baby to sleep in his bed, after making sure I give him a "tiss and hud." She happily sits at the kitchen table while I am doing my chores and plays endlessly with the set.
And again, I always find it looking just like this. All of the six remaining figurines surrounding their Savior in adoration. At least, that's always the word that comes to mind when I see it.
After three kids, I'm no longer surprised at her cleverness because I am positive that these babies do indeed realize just how important the Baby Jesus is. It's my job to help her remember.