Thursday, 4 December 2008

Christmas (i) - Any room at the Inn?

Well Christmas is fast approaching and I have to admit that I love all the preparations. This is the first Christmas I have not been at work and all the jobs which always seemed to take days, writing cards for example, are being completed in a relatively short time. So with puddings and cakes made (cakes not iced yet though) I decided to start trimming the house. OH kindly got into the loft for the boxes of decorations and I have been unpacking some of them and replacing our usual ornaments with various seasonal ones. In one of the boxes was the little nativity scene which is now well over 30 years old. I think it cost me about £4 and although at the time money was a bit tight I did decide to buy it and have always loved it.

Anyway, seeing it again reminded me of a nativity story I heard a few years ago.

A friend of mine has a nephew who was chosen to be the Innkeeper in his school nativity. He would have been about 4 or 5 years old. Rehearsals done it was time
for them to play to their audience and the relevant scene went something like this:

Mary and Joseph arrive at the Inn. Joseph knocks on the door. Door opened by Innkeeper.

Joseph - " .... have you a room for the night"?

Innkeeper - "yes, come in".

Voice off - "you are supposed to say "sorry there's no room at the Inn" "

Innkeeper - "but they can have my room"

Bless his heart - the true spirit of Christmas.


Hadriana's Treasures said...

I love that story daughter is going to be in her first Christmas play at school soon. I can't wait! Thanks for your lovely comments over at mine.

rosiero said...

I love nativity plays. Those little cherubs always forget their lines which makes it all the more endearing.

Maggie Ann said...

That's so sweet! Children have big hearts don't they. Had to come over from Winifred's blog and see yours. Thats the cutest blog title. It just grabbed my attention in a friendly way. Hope you are having a great day. Nice 'meeting' you out here on the world-wide-web. I've been blogging about 4 years and its soooo much fun, and lots of blessings.

Mary said...

I love that story!

PAM said...

Now there's a story to warm the cockles of your heart!!
I don't think they do nativity plays here (something about separation of chruch & state) but I wish they did as I always loved to see the kids perform it. Unfortutanelty I never got to play Mary, though my sister did. Think I was a shephard!

Fern said...

I love all the Christmas preparations too. Great story and lovely Nativity set. Some of my most treasured possessions are the ones I bought when I really shouldn't have done at the time!

Denise said...

That's a lovely story Anne, thank you for sharing it. It's one that gives you the warm fuzzies inside when you read something like that. I'm glad you got your Nativity too. It looks lovely.

Maggie May said...

I witnessed a similar thing at a school where I worked. How funny!

Winifred said...

Oh those nativity plays are fantastic. They make you laugh and bring the tears to your eyes.

I videod my grandson's, he was a shepherd complete with tea towel head dress! It was lovely to watch the Angel Gabriel pulling his tea towel off all through the play and him getting more annoyed by the minute!

My grand daughter is an angel in some sort of play next week but she won't tell us anything about it.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Hadriana - glad you liked the story and know you will love your little girl's play - it's a wonderful moment.

Rosiero - always worth seeing, the children are so enchanting.

Maggie Ann - thanks you for visiting and your lovely comment.

Mary - glad you too enjoyed and thanks for your visit also.

A x

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Pam - I'm sure your boy will have the chance to take part in something, if not a nativity. They all shine in whatever they do.

Fern - Yes we do have some treasures. I have a post coming up soon on another of mine.

Denise - Glad you liked the story - and the nativity.

Maggie - I suppose it must happen occasionally - children are capable of saying the sweetest things - at times!

Winifred - the plays are wonderful aren't they. Lucky you to have your grandson on video. Will you get the chance to see your grand-daughter too.

A x

Jay said...

Oh, how sweet! And I love the Nativity scene, you bought, too!