I need advice.
Last year, I bot the Little People Nativity Set for Gracie. We all loved it, and Grace carried around the Baby Jesus for most of the holiday season. After Epiphany, we packed the Nativity Set up and put it away with the Christmas decorations.
I intended to do the same thing this year, but Grace's reaction to the Nativity has been different.
This year, Grace has played with Baby Jesus every day.
This year, Grace sang Happy Birthday to Baby Jesus several times a day.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY JEEESUS, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
This year, Grace's Little People had parties with and for Baby Jesus.
This year, Baby Jesus played with all of Grace's Little People. They cooed at him. They discussed amongst themselves how cute and precious and adorable he was.
No matter what they were doing, Baby Jesus played with the rest of the Little People. He rode in their cars and in their bus. He played in their castle, in their barn, and in their home. He attended their ballerina classes and ate their dinners and played with their pets.
I am torn. I want Baby Jesus to be special, a precious sign of the holiday season. I don't want the pieces of the nativity set to get lost or spread out all over the house.
But I love that Grace adores her Baby Jesus. We don't attend weekly church services, so I like that He's a constant presence in her life (even if that presence at this point is a plastic baby with a halo). I like that she talks to Him. I like that He accompanies her to breakfast and to school.
Because He does, whether she realizes it or not.
So. What would you do?
- Would you put Him away with the rest of the nativity?
- Would you leave the whole thing out with the toys?
- Or would you do something different?
I'm really stuck on this one.
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