Monday, December 15, 2008

Journey to the Manger

Saturday night, we headed out to 18th Annual "Journey to the Manger" at St. Paul Lutheran in Plano. It is this awesome, free of charge, re-enactment of the city of Bethlehem back in the days of Christ's birth. There are animals outside for the kids to see and pet and then inside you walk through a "village" where there are merchants, potters, jewelry makers, basket weavers, etc. After you walk through the village, you go back outside to watch a 6-scene dramatic account of Christ's birth. We love going to this! I love how Christians from all around come to this and I feel a sense of unity with them all. Despite some differences, Christians all have one thing in common, a belief in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It was neat to spend a night reflecting on the night of Christ's birth and what a significant event it was in the lives of us all. We went to this last year and decided it would become a yearly tradition. I would recommend it to anyone living in the area!
I loved how this chicken(or hen or whatever it is) was sitting on this goat. Just chillin.
Inside the village...
Dreidels! And Joey about to drop Cali:) She is a wiggleworm. We couldn't put her down because she is the type of kid that would run away and never come back.
The studly guardsmen keeping the peace in their studly uniforms. They looked at me weird for taking their picture. I wanted to yell at them, "Its going on the internet dudes and there is nothing you can do about it! Whahahaha!" But I kept the voices inside of my head this time.

A blurry picture of the camels outside(We couldn't use the flash. We didn't want to create a camel stampede.)

We finished off the night back inside with cookies and hot cocoa. Yumsters.

Sidenote: We go to this activity to remind the children of the real meaning of Christmas and how its not all about Santa and "getting" things. When we were driving home, we asked the kids, "What was your favorite part?"(expecting them to recall a specific scene or something fun they did). Aubrey said, "Getting cookies and hot cocoa." Then Ella said, "Getting stuff."(referring to the dreidel, rings, and jewels).
Soooooo, we have a long way to go. :)

11 comments:

devri said...

man, I vote you best mom and dad of the year!!!

Marie said...

I love that you always try to do the right things with your girls. You may not think that they are "getting" it, but I promise you they are. Your girls are the best and you and Joey are doing such a wonderful job with them!

cyndi/mom/nana said...

That was very inspiring and I have to agree with Marie the girls do get it and they will forever remember these times. Hot chocolate, cookies, dreidels and jewels well you can't beat that for sure. Wish we could have gone, wish there were something as beautiful here some day.

Tara D said...

What a great experience you all must have had. Good thing it wasn't 20 degrees like it is today. :)

Jan said...

Looks like a wonderful family event. I love reading about this one.

Geri said...

Things like this kids never forget. This will be a great Christmas memory.

I love the chicken on the goat. LOL! I've never seen such a thing.

The Kahumokus said...

That is sooo cool. What a great thing to be able to share with your kids!

-Melissa- said...

Thanks for telling us about this place. I think it was a neat experience for our boys. We plan on doing it again next year.

Emily said...

HA! They have one of these kind of things where I grew up.... Jeff and I went to it right after we were married because we heard so many good things about it, and overall it was wonderful. There was only one part that scared me a bit, it was VERY realistic, and they had people dressed as homeless roming the inside of the walk, begging for "alms" or money I guess--- but they would actually tug at the back of your coat, or grab your elbow. At one point It felt like we were in a scary haunted house or something! The alms people made me never want to go back and see the walk again! This walk also had a real baby jesus-- which I thought was interesting, he was screaming as we walked by.

The Bright Family said...

when I first saw your title I thought it said 'journey to the manager' I thought it would be another Mcdonalds ice cream incident :)

Patty said...

What a neat thing to take the kids to! I wish we had something like that here!!