My neighbor recounted her family’s virgin version of the manger scene and told me.
She said …
Our children were having fun setting up and the hours of joy rearranging all of the items in the manger scene. (It was odd to see Barbie kneeling at the manger, but somehow it seemed appropriate). When evening came and the children off preparing for bed, I looked at their final rendition. Every item was there, in the correct place. But behind the cattle, in the edge of the crèche, was an action figure in a suit of armor with an uplifted sword. He had a piece of duct tape covering his face . . it really made no sense to me.
Tucking the kids into bed, I commented on how fun it was to remember the Christmas story thru the manger scene. Then I casually asked my 7-year old about this odd, action figure in the suit of armor. In a quiet voice he told me that he had put him in there to guard baby Jesus, and that he was really part of the Christmas story anyway.
When I asked exactly HOW he was in the story, my son said, “He’s the silent knight”.
Makes sense to me.
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