Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Nativity (and a wee bit of miscellany)

The other day Goldie said to me, “Mom. I really liked that one time when you had a chunk of meat in your purse.”

“Yah,” I absentmindedly agreed. Then, “Wait. What?”

“Remember?” Goldie said. “I was going to a birthday party, and you guys were having that meat I love for dinner (Maddox turkey steaks – what’s not to love?), and I asked if you’d save me some, but we were going somewhere right after you picked me up, so you just brought me a chunk of meat in your purse? That was fun. I liked that.”

Oh good heavens. Please tell me it was wrapped in saran wrap. Even so . . . a chunk of meat in my purse. That’s so terrible. And wonderful. And mostly . . . that’s good mothering right there.


BUT, it’s also neither here nor there. What is here AND there is CHRISTMAS! 

We keep things pretty minimal around here. As usual, Mike helped by accomplishing a huge amount of the Christmas shopping. I curtailed some of my decorating this year (figuring the grand tree alone was practically enough). And we long ago decided that, with our siblings and nieces and nephews alone numbering well over 100, we had to limit gift giving to our parents and own little family.

Still, we are down to that last few days, and I’m feeling the crunch a bit. No matter how we try, there are still always last minute things – stocking stuffers and ingredients for dishes for family parties to be purchased, wrapping paper to be bought – and used (on so many presents!), neighbor treats to deliver, etc. etc.

Despite all of that, there has been room for some proper Christmas spirit. I read Star Mother’s Youngest Child and A Child’s Christmas in Wales to the kids. We’ve watched our traditional favorite Christmas shows and played lots of Christmas music.

And, maybe one of my favorite things was watching the Christmas nativity I worked so hard on at our ward Christmas party. We played it on a huge screen, and it really turned out to be what I hoped it would be. I asked a few friends if it was OK to share their kids’ pictures here. This is only a small sampling (as we have over 50 kids in our Primary).

As I said, my sister pulled the script together. We started with scripture from The Book of Mormon where it details what was happening on the American continent on the night before Christ was born. Here is one of my Nephites:

And, of course, . . . Angels (we had SO many little angels!):

I loved the little, darling details on the angels – messy little buns, painted fingernails, etc. It just seemed so dear somehow.

And we mustn’t forget Shepherds.

And wise men:
(Yah. Yah. I know there were three. We, however, had eight.)

I also had several kids be Mary and Joseph during different parts of the slideshow. I showed this Daisy one earlier in the year. Here are two of my little neighbor kids as well.

I usually am a “do the basics” kind of person – both in my home and with my service in our church. At this point in my life, doing much more than what needs to be done would likely drive me to insanity. However, it is fun to – once in awhile – do something a little bit above and beyond. This was one of those things. I really do adore all of the kids I work with in Primary. It was so fun having a little more individual time with them while doing these little photo shoots. I loved pulling it all together to retell the story of Christmas. I loved getting it all set to music. I wish I’d done it last Christmas when Mike’s aunt Leisa was still here (she made a huge portion of these costumes).

Anyway, it turned out great. I’m excited to let the Primary kids watch it one more time during church this week and to send copies home with them.

With everything Christmassy ahead, I doubt I’ll be on here again ‘til after it’s all said and done. So Merry Christmas friends! I hope it’s a happy one for all of you!


jami said...

what an amazing idea ... and the kids will love it! :) and the pictures are great.
merry merry to you!

Val said...

This Christmas nativity thing is superb!! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

Nancy said...

Thanks Val and Jami. I wish I could have shared the whole thing here. It turned out so fun. Merry merry Christmas to both of you and your little families!

Shannon said...

Oh man. I bet that video had everybody crying their eyes out. I can't believe a Christmas is over. Yesterday I was fine but today I feel a bit bummed. Our Christmas was lovely. And yours?

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