Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The Shepherds Played Maracas?
As I said here, I love Kids Christmas Programs with all my heart! Joseph, stumbling across the platform in his daddy’s bathrobe, with a dishtowel wrapped around his head. Mary, serenely holding her baby by his feet. Nothing can really go very wrong in a children’s nativity scene. Everything they do is just so cute that it is loved and enjoyed by all, no matter what happens.
Well, maybe not entirely enjoyed by ALL! I have a very vivid memory of a certain Christmas program that I did not enjoy watching. My oldest son was three at the time, and he was an adorable little shepherd in a blue robe, carrying his white stuffed lamb all over the stage. He sang brightly and smiled widely, standing there among the angels. I was so proud of him! He was doing better than I had expected! Yay!
Suddenly, flash bulbs began popping as other parents started taking pictures. At home he had a cute habit of saying, “Cheeseburgers!” whenever his picture was taken. But this time he left off the cheese and yelled out his version of “burgers”, which came out sounding a lot like “boogers”!
Well, surprise surprise, this got a great response from the crowd of 300. So he then proudly and loudly repeated his newfound crowd-pleasing word exactly six more times!
I was sitting in a pew way in the back along side people who did not know me, so, I admit it, I pretended I did not know my son, and laughed at the cute little boy on the front row. Unfortunately my cover was blown when an old friend sitting in front of me turned around and said, “Sooz, he’s just like your brother!”
God did not answer my prayer to have the gift of invisibility just this once. But everyone else enjoyed that Christmas program. In fact, just to let me know how much they enjoyed it, I was to hear the “B” word whispered to me in passing for several weeks to come!
The photo above is that same morning. As you can see he has abandoned his cute white lamb & found some maracas to play. What...you didn't know the shepherds played maracas?
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays Everyone!