As I was trying to figure out how to get the kids to agree to go to bed at 6:30, the doorbell rang. And who, to my wondering eyes did appear? It was Greg and Lanae and their 5 kids so dear (I even got my Christmas rhyme on!). They arrived and immediately breathed new life into my Christmas Spirit.
We got out the costumes. We got out the scripts. Everyone brought their enthusiasm. With both of our families and Hank, we had just enough characters (a few non-readers needed some help) to reenact the Nativity Story.
Angel and Narrator
Innkeeper and Wife
Wisemen with gifts
Singing to Mary, Joseph, and the Baby
It was so much fun and I was so glad the Manns helped me get back my Nativity mojo. They headed out and we were left to open our one present on Chirstmas Eve. Surprise!! It's pajamas!! We all play along as if we don't know that's what I am going to let them open each year. The big boys all got pajama pants, the little boys and Elise traditional pj's and John and I watched. Then it was off to bed. A perfect Christmas Eve.