Like many of you we have the Little People Nativity set by Fisher Price. My girls LOVE it! Last year after playing with it all through Advent and the Christmas season, it was time to pack it up with all of our other decorations. As we cleaned I would put it in the storage box and my girls would pull Baby Jesus out and put him back with their other Little People. They complained that they wanted to keep playing with him and after a few times I realized just what I really was doing. As the holiday season comes to a close for some of you and you are putting away decorations, consider the lesson I learned that day–don’t put away Baby Jesus.
I have some friends who won’t even let their children play with their Little People Nativity because Jesus is one to be revered not tossed around. And while I can understand what they are saying I disagree. This past year as I watched Baby Jesus be pulled around in a tractor and attend princess parties I couldn’t help but think that this is exactly what I want for my daughters–for them to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I want my girls to feel him throughout their day-to-day lives, not just on Sunday.
Now I know my children need a great deal more in their spiritual upbringing and this is just a toy, but those toys are a great reminder for us adults to make sure we continue to make Jesus a focus in our lives as we get back into the “normal” swing of things.
So when packing up your children’s nativity set this year, consider leaving it out for a little while longer. Let your kids continue to play with the Holy Family with the rest of their play things. I hear Jesus can be a great influence on the other toys.
P.S. If you don’t have a children’s nativity, consider getting one in time for next year.