Emily walked into the living room. The house was nicely decorated, with a Christmas tree in one corner. On one of the book cases, her mother was setting up a manger. There were little figures that her mother was setting up, including one that was a baby.
Emily watched with curiosity as the whole manager got set up. When she saw the baby, she was confused. “Who is that little baby?” Emily asked her mother.
The mother turned to her daughter and smiled. “That little baby is Jesus. I am setting up the manger because this is what makes Christmas so special.
Emily still looked confused. “Why?” she asked her.
“Honey,” the mother told her. “All of these figures are part of a scene in the Nativity Story. This is an extra special story because this story is about the birth of Jesus.”
“Who are those standing next to baby Jesus?”
“Those are the parents. The father is Joseph and the mother is Mary. There is also the three wise men, the shepherds and the angel, Gabriel. A long long time ago, Jesus was born into the world.”
“Are those like dolls? Can I play with them?”
The mother shook her head. “Please don’t play with them. They are fragile. This is a very old collection. This is the real meaning of Christmas, honey. The birth of Jesus is the best gift that the world has ever received, and it is through him that all of us can be saved from all the bad things that we do.”
Emily smiled, and quietly stared at the manger. She looked at baby Jesus and smiled. When she saw her mother talking, she held out her hand. “Shh!” she whispered. “He’s sleeping, mommy. We need to be quiet.”
The mother smiled, as she got the last of the scene set up. “Okay. We’ll be quiet around the manger, okay?”
The mother left the room, leaving Emily alone with the manger.
Emily smiled when she saw the baby Jesus figurine. She then approached the little figurine and began whispering to it. “When I entered the house yesterday, I forgot to take my shoes off. I’m sorry, Jesus.”
At this, she left the room. The Nativity Scene sat there, emitting a faint glow of light.
©2012 K. L. Walker