This is my nativity:
As you’ve probably noticed, something important is missing. This is not an oversight, or blasphemy, or a statement about my spiritual life.
This is tradition.
You see, Baby Jesus is not in the manger because, well, it’s not Christmas yet. And if it’s not his birthday yet, how could he be in the manger? It was a tradition in my home to set up the Jesus-less nativity and then, on Christmas, Mom and Dad would bring Jesus out of hiding and my brother and I would sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus and place Him in the manger.
Then it was time for gift-opening and then aebleskiver.
What Christmas traditions did you have and still cherish?