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Thursday, December 18, 2008

On the sixth day of Christmas, tradition gave to me:
Six adoring nativity pieces

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.

21 comments :

  1. My kids do exactly the same thing!

    We have this same set, along with the Fisher Price Little People Nativity and all of the pieces get arranged this way.

    Such a sweetness about kids that they KNOW these things!

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  2. I love this! Kids are so amazing.

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  3. The CHristmas that my oldest was 2, our second daughter was just about 7 weeks old. My daughter assumed that the baby she saw everywhere was a representation of her sister, and called it by her name. I thought at first it was a little sacrilegious, but then I rethought and decided that the Savior would be pleased with the love this little toddler had for her new sister. Christmas was all about baby #2 that year.

    On a less, ahem, sweet note--this year my 7 year old son keeps doing some rearranging of his own with my new Willow Tree Nativity. I keep coming out to find one sheep sniffing the rear of the other. Maybe the Savior finds humor in that. I hope so. (I sure don't.)

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  4. My daughter does this with our Fisher Price one too. It's sweet.

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  5. That is such a great set! And I know kids realize how important Jesus is. I love how they are sometimes the ones who teach us.

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  6. That is sweet. We don't even have a nativity set, but I'm almost tempted to find a cheap one to see what my kids would do.

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  7. That's adorable! It's funny how kids seem to be spiritually in tune with the way things are supposed to be! And are shocked when they aren't!

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  8. This does remind us how thin the veil really is...
    :D

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  9. Beautiful. Amazing what kids now. You are right, our job is to remind them.

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  10. your last two sentences gave me goose bumps.

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  11. How sweet! My little boy loves to pick up baby Jesus throughout the day, just to make sure he's doing okay.

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  12. Today is Georgie's birthday please go wish her a happy one!

    http://georgienba.blogspot.com/2008/12/guest-post.html

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  13. How wonderful! And that picture is gorgeous.

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  14. How sweet! Love how it's children who remind us of the true meaning of the year!

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  15. So sweet, so cute, especially the tiss and hud.

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  16. Annabelle has the Fisher Price Little People Nativity set, and instantly, she became attached to "Baby Desus, Mommy and Dattie" too. Everyone, including all of the animals, will come over and give Baby Jesus a kiss. It is amazing how quickly they understand, or perhaps they know more about Jesus Christ than we think they do. Very precious! Thanks for sharing your story.

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  17. Hmm... ours like to line up like a chorus line.
    What's that say about my parenting skills.
    I mean, Jesus IS the star... :)

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  18. I feel bad that after our nativity set was lovingly used and abused I never replaced it. My kids are getting older and I still don't have a set. Maybe I will go get one this year. Very cute post, and even cuter girls.

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  19. Cute nativity. We have the little people one, but I was too lazy to get it out this year. You've inspired me!!

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