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.
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