My daughter, Kari, called this week with this question:
“Mom, would you be upset if I used “Baby Jesus in a Walnut Shell” as a White Elephant gift?
Sigh. I remember the very night she made Baby Jesus in a Walnut Shell. She was four. It was at Joys of Christmas, a wonderful child focused Christmas celebration at the little church we went to. My best friend and I were preschool and children’s ministers and Joys was our solution to beginning the Christmas season focused on the biblical celebration of His birth. It was an evening of untold wonder, capped by the Hanging of the Green worship service where the focus continued on the children, who with their families participated fully in the evening worship, and decorated the church for Christmas.
“I guess not, sweetie. But…do you really want to…I remember the very night you made it.”
“Exactly. You remember it. I don’t. And don’t you still have another one?”
“Yes. I just hot glued the other Baby Jesus in a walnut shell’s bonnet back on last night.”
“Mom! That’s the point. Baby Jesus didn’t have a bonnet.”
Sigh. “Whatever. It’s yours.”
The next day I got this text: Titus found Baby Walnut Jesus and would like to hang him on his tree in his room. (Titus is three) Thought that would make you smile.
Then thirty minutes later, this text: Now he is hanging walnut Jesus on Elli’s pigtails. o.k. walnut is a keeper.
Hope your Christmas is a keeper, and likewise makes you smile.