1 John 1:1 “…We have heard… we have seen with our eyes… we have looked upon, and our hands have handled… the Word of life.”
Profession: Children, like adults, need a Jesus they can touch.
We have three baby Jesus-es around our house each Christmas.
One is part of a porcelain Nativity scene purchased for $15 several years ago. Though it is (technically speaking) off limits to the children, it is an almost sacred part of their Christmas. It’s the first thing they beg to have brought out of storage when the weather turns cold.
Though not realistic, it’s beautiful; with a Mary you can love and a Baby that calls out infinite tenderness. The inevitable accidents happen. Jesus’ head broke off the first day he moved into our house, but He recovered. The cow and donkey keep joining the menagerie in the next room. And the wise men have taken a few extended trips in their day. Superglue is a wonderful tool.
Number two is from a wooden Nativity set, gift of my aunt Rhonda one year. This one the children may play with, arranging and creating to their hearts’ content. And they do.
Number three is another hands-on kind of Jesus. We bought him as a $5 baby doll in a cheap pink dress. We purchased half a yard of white fleece which we cut and knotted into long strips, then wrapped as swaddling clothes around the Baby, transforming him into the Christ child.
Ryan and Aarick built a manger for him to sleep in. This year we used real dried grasses for his hay, as opposed to the golden tinsel of Christmases past, and put him in an old crate.
Kelly is in love with this Jesus.
He is good at playing Hide and Seek.
To make a hat like his, cut two large triangles out of fleece. Fringe the edges with parallel cuts. Knot together and place on infant’s head.
How do you put Jesus into children’s hands?