5 manger scenes!
4 major awards, 3 dancing pigs, 2 handmade bells, and a portrait to put on the tree.
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-11
If I include dazzling angels, ornate stars, peaceful sheep, wise men, and marshmallows (yes, marshmallows – see photo), I definitely have more than 5 pieces of the manger scene. In fact, it’s the single most dominating theme on our tree, and for good reason.
Without Jesus’ birthday, there is no Christmas.
So in this advent season, the days before Christmas where we prepare our hearts for the incredibly humble King of king’s entrance into the world, His coming, may we pause to remember why we have Christmas at all.
It’s really quite simple. God came to us as a baby, to one day die with all our sins and rise again. And because He was both a king and a poor frail creature, he can relate to us all. Because we believe this miracle, we can spend a heavenly eternity with Him.
If an ornament can remind you of any part of this truth, it deserves the most prime spot on the tree.