Hello Depth Explorers....
I've been MIA from the blog for time to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with my beautiful family. I hope you all had an amazing weekend, and for my friends abroad and beyond the contiguous US who do not celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope the upcoming holiday season fills you with warmth however you celebrate.
Back to topic....We believed we were on a roll with our Nativity scene...
Time to find our "participants". My brother, Sam, was baby Jesus at a Christmas play back in 1984, so, when he volunteered again, although we appreciated the offer, a 6' tall baby Jesus might not fit in our cradle.
He has to get back to Stillwater anyway, where he is a Senior in college. (shameless plug here for OSU, GO POKES!)
Our own kids are really too ADD to sit still each evening for a live Nativity, so, we opted for "artificial" actors.
The Husband perused online and before he found anything viable, he found the ridiculous.
And, he found the "I guess if we absolutely HAD to...."
Because I live in the now, not the Amazon--we ship anything future-- I suggested we visit the store and buy something to bring home that day.
Let the disappointment begin.
We visited not one, not two, not three, but, five HUGE stores, that carry everything from condoms to celery to concrete and beyond.
NOT ONE NATIVITY SET TO BE FOUND....oh wait, I digress, I found a few miniscule sets suitable for the desk, mantle, or coffee table. Kroger came the closest with a fully lit Nativity, constructed of strictly lights and that "chenelle stuff", one dimensional-one piece construction. Not really our vision.
Then, you would be in luck. We found more renditions of secular outdoor displays than we could shake a stick at. But, NO Nativity.
Not even the cheesy plastic bubble-looking Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus.
Nothing, Zilch, Nada
I realize there will be a mass of folks out here that shrug and say, "What's the big deal?" Well, to us, the big deal is, without Jesus, there is no Christmas and the fact commercialism took over and took out the basic spirit of Christmas is more than appalling, it is very very sad.
I'm no Bible thumper, but, have a faith more expansive than my current home state and hope that even in my raciest of books, posts, blogs, etc, you see my message coming through that Jesus is more than the reason for the season, He is the reason for MY life.
I'm putting Christ back in Christmas at least in The Locker. I hope He is present in your heart as well.
Merry Christmas my friends! And to all, a good night, I mean day! And, wish us luck that we finally find an acceptable Nativity, even if it is for next year....sigh....