Sunday, December 09, 2007

Journey to the Manger

This weekend we went to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Plano for their 17th annual "Journey to the Manger." I had read great things about it and thought it would be fun to go. It was awesome! They had an amazing and elaborate village set up inside where we were able to walk through and learn about different customs from the New Testament days. The kids were given fake gold coins to pay taxes with-if they didn't Joey and I would've been put in jail. Good thing they paid:) The kids were able to see basket weaving, wheat grinding, jewelry making, carpentry and so much more. There were camels, sheep, donkeys and chickens outside too. The kids loved seeing those. Then the tour led to outside where there was a lighted trail of 5 different drama scenes that led to Christ's birth. It really helped us to think about Christ and the true meaning of Christmas this year. As I looked around at the crowds and crowds of people that had gathered at this huge community event, I felt bonded with them. I'm sure we are of all different faiths, but we all had something in common as Christians: a belief, faith and love of Jesus Christ.


Aubrey trying her hand at the wheat grinder

Cali was content in her stroller just watching. She tried to grab for those lights a few times though. She thought they looked fun to play with.

A view of the "village"


We didn't take any pictures outside as we thought it might be inappropriate to blind the actors with the flash:)

8 comments:

becki said...

that sounds amazing. give me the info on it, i'd like to go next year.

-Melissa- said...

What a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. I want to go next year for sure!

100 Percent Cottam said...

that's super cool! what a fun thing to do.

Anayansi said...

that is so nice. we will have to go next year. let us know and maybe we can get together for it.

Jan said...

This sounds great! I love it when you can do something like that and then realize that despite our differences, we all have something in common.

Sarah said...

Looks like it was lots of fun! I'm sad we couldn't make it. This time of year sure does get busy - with good things, but still busy!

Zim Family said...

That sounds awesome...next Christmas I am spending in McKinney..parades, journeys to mangers, WARMTH....yes, this is my next years Christmas wish.

Hacking it up said...

That is so cool! I've always wanted to go to one of those...but I keep forgetting every year...