I asked Kristin if, as one of the wise men in the Christmas play they were going to do, she couldn’t wear bright pink tights and a shiny jacket with sequins. She didn’t catch the joke, and said that in the times of Jesus they wore more earthy colors, like brown. We ended up with a costume that was a bit of a compromise. She wanted to look like a poor shepherd, but we thought she should look a little richer than them. As long as it wasn’t too colorful she was fine.
She has practiced quite a lot for the one line she was going to say: We brought you some gifts, gold frankincense and myrrh. Here you are. To be honest, I was a little bummed that she got to say so little, but for Kristin is was totally OK. She was more than happy with her two sentences and the turban on her head. Her only concern was that her Rs would not come out right. She struggles with the Norwegian Rs.
When she handed the gift of Myrrh to Joseph in the play, Joseph was in such a hurry he threw the gift on the manger and it landed on baby Jesus’ head.
We are working our way through the Christmas story in the mornings, before school and work. It takes some effort to get the girls excited about “Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.” It’s a story they have heard so much and it is often performed, like tonight at Kristin’s play, together with plays about Santa and other Christmas stories. It’s hard to see something new in it when we have heard it, sang it, performed it and read it so many times. It’s a little difficult to make it more real than just another fairytale.
Today we spent time talking about this, while making PB&J sandwiches: What an interesting thing that God chose to reveal the news of his son’s birth to shepherds first, the lowest and least significant in their time. The closest we got to a current analogy was that the most important event in history would have been revealed to the underpaid Eastern European workers here in this country before it was revealed to us. Then we talked about whether angels have wings or not.
Lastly we talked about how darn difficult it is to do a good deed every day, especially when we are busy with other stuff. It’s not that we don’t want to (although that occurs too), it’s just that it doesn’t’ just happen. We need some guidelines. So today we made a list of ideas for good deeds, kind of the same format as a wish list for Christmas. Then we also agreed that we need to help each other do good deeds. It’s not a one person task. Just like in real life. We seldom can do good things alone.