Saturday, December 4, 2010
This is the beautiful Willow Tree Nativity Scene that my mom surprised me with last Christmas. I was so excited and love it so much that I need to make a confession. Whispers I leave it up all year. We keep in on the top of a tall bookshelf in our living area. I only turn the spot lights on it during the holiday season though.
Hunter has taken an extreme liking to it in the last couple weeks. Most days after after a long day at work, we get home, and Hunter starts pointing up to it. So, I scoop him up and bring him to eye level with the beautiful scene. He knows that he can't hold the characters, but I take them out individually and he touches them gently. When I take them out one by one I tell him the name of it and also try to think of a fun story or facts about them.
I would love to say that all his interest lies in the little Baby Jesus, but that would not be the truth. He is obsessed with the sheep. Every time I pick up a new object he just point and says "seep, seep" (Translation: "Sheep, Sheep") Every once in awhile he will even throw in a "Baa, Baa".
Anyways, I have heard that for small children, one of the earliest ways for them to understand Jesus, Joseph, and Mary is through a nativity scene. For that reason, I am so happy to leave the scene out all year so that hopefully he will continue to show interest and one day understand the importance of our Savior, Baby Jesus.