You guys, I have shown you my very cool Advent calendar: A magnetic nativity scene where each day the kids open the door and place another character into the picture.
Do you know that in the middle of my prayerful and restful Advent, my oldest and youngest child were doing their best to block the baby Jesus spot so that the middle child would have nowhere to put him?
They are 10, 8 and 4. They know what the manger scene is supposed to look like. And they know what they are about. And yes, I did have to settle an argument between them about whether the sheep will have to make way for the baby in the hay.
And by “settle”, I mean threaten to take the calendar down and cancel Christmas.
Do you see how they played a twisted kind of Nativity Risk?
You know me, though. And how much I like my metaphors. So here’s one for you to hold on to these last 48 hours.
What makes my Nativity scene holy is not that the main players are perfectly placed–but that they are there in that place, floating Wise Man and Fallen Star alike, celebrating the birth of the Lord (who, in our version, may float in his trough above the manger).
Same thing with the next 48 hours. Whatever you are trying to pull off, success is not what will make it holy.
Presence will make it holy.
Good luck my friends, and have yourselves a Merry Christmas.