In the run-up to Christmas I made Leah a makeshift nativity scene with her Lego. We had a collection of animals, a manger for the baby Jesus, mama Mary (who was actually Lady), and three wise men consisting of Policeman, Pops and Robin. Thinking about it now, I wish I had included some wise women into the mix. I’m sure Snow White would love to have had a walk-on part in the Christmas story and the female Vet would have been invaluable.
We didn’t have a Lego Jesus and so the baby bunny had to stand in for him. And very sweet and angelic he looked too. Leah was quite taken with this and told quite a few people that “Baby Jesus was a rabbit”. My parents heard about this and were a little worried about their second grandchild who has not been baptized and who now thinks that baby Jesus is a rabbit.
They sprang into action and bought her a Nativity scene with the instructions that she was to look after it (Be Careful. It can break.) and one day pass it on to her own children.
It’s gorgeous. Leah doesn’t get to play with it very often but when she does, she rattles off the figures with ease.
Leah: There’s Joseph. There’s Baby Jesus. There’s Mama. There are the Three Wise Men. There’s the sheep. And there’s the Leopard.
Dada: A Leopard!? What’s a leopard doing there? Oh you mean a shepherd.
Leah: Be Careful. It can break.
And so she is well on her way to being a Christian. The three of us went to our local Carols in the Park where she concentrated intently on the singing and later gave us her own version of “Away in the Manger”. It’s the standard version except for a small change.
Away in a Manger / No crib for a Bed / The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head / The cattle are lowing / The baby awakes … the little Lord Jesus asleep on the ham.
Well no wonder that the Leopard makes an appearance. If there’s ham to be had, the little Lord Jesus had better watch out!
Here’s a Christmas collage. Leah loved her water table so much that she climbed into it.
And another addition to our Christmas rituals has been a Gingerbread House. My brother gave Leah a kit and so after a few attempts and some roof repairs, we — or should I say L – produced this. I think it’s rather good.