Our church’s Children’s Ministry needed a manger for baby Jesus for an upcoming Bible story. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much money to spend on it. We looked online, hoping we could find a deal, but mangers are pricey these days, so I volunteered to throw one together. My version might not be awesome, but at least it would be free.
I’d never built a manger before, but I figured how hard could it be? It’s basically a wooden box with legs. Easy peasy, right? I had a pile of scrap wood sitting behind my shed and a nail gun in my garage. Give me an hour and I’d knock this thing out.
Putting the star on top of the Christmas tree is the greatest honor in yuletide decorating. Oh sure the lights are important, but there are a million lights. They’re a dime a dozen. And ornaments? Don’t even get me started. Who’s going to notice where you hang one of dozens of ornaments on your festive evergreen?
But the star? C’mon, that’s the top dog. The big cheese. The head honcho. There’s only one tree topper, and only one person can put it in place. That person pretty much dominates the entire hall decking operation.
At least that’s how my daughters saw it when they were little. That’s why we had to establish an orderly system for them to take turns each year as the designated star hanger. My wife even went so far as to put a note in the box with our Christmas star to remind us who had the distinction of hanging the star the previous year. That way there would be no dispute as to who was up to bat this holiday season.
Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but when you have kids at home, it can also be the craziest. It’s hard to find time in the busy holiday season to make sure that Jesus is the center of your celebration.
Backstage Bethlehem will make that a little bit easier. In this series of family devotions, we will pull back the curtain on Christmas and take a look at who Jesus really is, the Creator and King of the universe on a daring mission to save the world.
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