Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hey! Unto you a Child is born!

Christmas is for reflecting.  
Looking back at your own life and remembering special, warm, happy times.
It's for remembering the story of Jesus' birth.
What that means to you and your faith.
The story of baby Jesus and Mary and Joseph is important to me
because it is where my faith begins.  And when I get overwhelmed with this crazy world,
and theology and stuff  I think about that that little baby in the manger and I think about Mary and the Angel and I ask myself, 
is it true?   

And my heart calms and I know all will be well.

Because in my heart I know it is true.

 from The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson,

"But as far as I'm concerned, Mary is always going to look a lot like Imogene Herdman - sort of nervous and bewildered, but ready to clobber anyone who laid a hand on her baby. And the Wise Men are always going to be Leroy and his brothers, bearing ham. When we came out of the church that night it was cold and clear, with crunchy snow underfoot and bright, bright stars overhead. And I thought about the Angel of the Lord - Gladys, with her skinny legs and her dirty sneakers sticking out from under her robe, yelling at all of us everywhere:
                                                       'Hey! Unto you a child is born!'

Love you,


  1. Anonymous12:36 PM

    Well, this just made my day! Love those images of Christmas, and Best Christmas Pageant Ever is one of my favorite stories! Thank you!

    Krista in Missouri

  2. If not for that baby in a manger........

  3. Anonymous3:17 PM

    Those old Christmas images or should I say vintage images, just always make my heart swell with joy. I like them, thank you! And, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is one of my all time favorite books. Little children are precious and hilarious at times, too.
    love and prayers, jep

  4. Thank you for all this beauty today. The images are so special and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a favorite. Love, love, love. It's all we need.

  5. Particularly timely for me today as our pageant is this Sunday and it is hilarious. Seriously hilarious. I write the script each year and build it around our Wednesday evening worship songs. So interspersed with the 'away in a manger' moments, we sing 'build your kingdom here', 'you will never run' and hillsongs 'everyday'. It is so stinking fun to lead these kids, and the days of a growing church with young families coming out of the woodwork - well, it's beyond words. And in between my asthma flares and prednisone pills and coughing jags and unending little gigs over the last 2 weeks, I can still squeak out "hey! Unto you us a child is born!!" And my 7 year old Ezra, who memorized Luke 2 for just this occasion, runs around singing the songs all. day. long. So no matter what, it's a good week.

    Love you all! Gloria in excelsis Deo!!

  6. Anonymous4:19 PM

    what's that first little person eating? It almost looks like a big ol fish.

    I like this. the Christmas story is the best story.

    1. Emma, I wondered the same thing! The part away from the mouth almost looks like a pig's head. She is completely adorable, no matter what she's munching on. :)

  7. I think she is eating the tail end of a gingerbread cookie PIG!

  8. I love that book. And at first I thought the little girl was eating a fish skeleton! ;)

  9. Anonymous8:42 PM

    You always have the best images. LOVE. Karen F.

  10. I love love the vintage Christmas images you shared, esp. that sweet little last piece. Such pretty graphic design -- but assuming it wasn't called that then! My daughter is reading Best Christmas Pageant Ever right now! Your quote makes me want to reread it when she's done! :)

  11. I love everything about this post! LOVE :-)

  12. awww gee, this is the best! in word and pic. and Feeling!!!

  13. This is so perfect. The pictures from long ago are beautiful. I also love that quote from the movie. Thank you for reminding me.

  14. When my kids where young, we used to read the Best Christmas Pageant Ever before school each day leading up to Christmas. Then we would watch the movie. We also watch the Homecoming every year at Christmas time.

    Thank you for sharing all the vintage Christmas images.

  15. Love the vintage pictures, and The best Christmas Pageant Ever is my fav story :) a very Merry Christmas to you and your family!


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