I think Claire came up with the idea a few years ago to put a part of the nativity on each person’s plate and have them talk about it during dinner.
I love it.
And it was my parents, long ago, who started the tradition of dressing up as Mary and Joseph’s families and getting into character getting ready to send them to Bethlehem which leads up to the little nativity we do each year.
I love when we get to have Josh join in on this.
…and grateful for these “outfits” my sister Saren made us for Christmas years ago. They’ve been put to good use!
We use the pottery I got when I did study abroad in Jerusalem years ago, and I love that it helps me remember that sacred semester I got to spend there.
Here are the girls talking about their nativity pieces.
I love thinking about the animals in that stable so long ago, right along with the people.
It seems like the girls always come up with some pretty cool thoughts about them.
Claire, as you can see, was quite delighted to help Bo with her acting debut as a little lamb…
Dave narrated as usual and I got to be the donkey this year:)
Then it was on to the gift-giving.
The girls had some pretty sweet stuff for me and Dave as well as for each other.
I’ll let the pictures tell the story of the gift-exchanges.
It was just as beautiful as ever…the giver lighting up like the sun as they got to give those gifts away.
Great minds think alike…Elle and Grace got the exact same ring given to them.