My daughter received a Little People Nativity set today. She was pretty excited.
“Daddy I got a God toy today!”
“You did! That toy is called a Nativity.” I said
“This is an angel. She is real. She is going to help me pee. Don’t worry I won’t put her in the toilet” she said as she heads to the bathroom.
“This is a manger. It is where Jesus was born. He wasn’t born in a hospital like your brother and sister. He is born in more like a barn with all kinds of animals around him. ” I told her
“Animals? They poop and pee everywhere. That is not good.” she said pinching her nose for emphasis.
“That’s true, but that is the place he was born’ – I said
“Do you know the name of the angel?” – Jennifer asked her
“yes it is Star!” – she said.
“No, his name is Gabriel” – Jennifer said.
Understanding the Christmas story is a work in progress with little ones. It makes for interesting discussions though.