the nativity set

 We have a small nativity set that my aunt gave to our family several years ago. I put it out with our christmas decorations each year, but it is usually placed up high out of the reach of our children as it is breakable and they are, well, kids.

But I decided this year to put the nativity lower.  Within reach. Surrounded by teensy flakes of snow.  I fully expected that the boys would take interest in it and that there would probably be snowflakes all over the place, but I didn’t really anticipate what my no. 2 did yesterday afternoon.

First, he rearranged all of the figurines so that they were in a tight circle around baby Jesus. He fixed the snow so it was just right and stood staring at it for a short time.

Next, he went to the table and started a little craft. I thought nothing of it. He has a short attention span and moves from activity to activity like a whirlwind.

Only later did I realize that my sweet boy’s craft time consisted of taping a star to the amaryllis plant.

Because every nativity scene needs a star.

“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

“the magi went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”  Matthew 2

It is hard to find ways to keep our focus on the reason we celebrate Christmas. I love the carols, the lights, the shopping and decorating, the baking and parties. I even love santa. But most of all, I love Jesus. And I want so badly for my children to love him too.

My son making a star for the manger scene tells me he gets it. In his own six-year-old way, he cared enough about the story to make it right.

When I saw that star, I was overjoyed.

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113 Responses to the nativity set

  1. Amanda M. December 9, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    So beautiful. So amazingly beautiful.

  2. Abigail December 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    thanks for sharing…that’s so sweet and just beautiful. our kids just have a way of touching our hearts and lifting our spirits up

  3. Susanna December 10, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    Love this post. I did some shopping yesterday and was disturbed by the lyrics of some of the newer holiday songs that were playing and later by how distorted some of the Christmas movies for kids are on TV these days. It feels so good to read a post like this that is all about the pure, simple TRUTH of our Savior’s birth and what that means for us. Thanks Emily!

  4. katey December 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3John 1:4

  5. Aja December 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    This is so precious it makes me want to cry!

  6. Desiree December 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    This brought tears to my eyes! So beautiful!!!

  7. Candice December 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm #


  8. Kelsie December 12, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    I love your blog some much. I especially love it when you include stories like this. I got teary-eyed just reading it. It’s so simple just so moving. I’m glad you were able to see the magnitude of greatness in that moment and share it.

  9. Lindsay December 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    It is all so beautiful and so homey! I love every part of it. I love the “L” on the door – so creative rather than the traditional wreath. My favorite part is probably all of the awesome word art around your home that reminds of the true meaning of Christmas. Amazing job fluffing for Christmas!

  10. Katie December 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    I absolutely love this story! This is exactly what I pray for my boys too! Thanks for sharing the joy!

  11. Jen December 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    that’s so sweet. i almost cried!

  12. Julie December 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    Oh my goodness, that made me cry! Such a beautiful post- sweet child- thank you for sharing it. Merry Christmas to your sweet child!

  13. Carolyn December 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Thanks for sharing that precious story.

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