Last Updated on March 11, 2024

Each year around this time we lovingly unwrap the nativity set that my mother made for our family a decade ago. Each fired piece of clay is simply painted with a brown stain that highlights the details of each figure without defining their actual appearance.

This glimpse without a clear outline adds to my delight in pondering as we unwrap the gift that is the nativity.

As the shepherds are unwrapped, I contemplate their rapid heartbeats as an angel appeared to them. Lowly shepherds, out in a field visited by a heavenly host. I imagine they dropped to their knees in their simplicity, humbled to the core that they were being chosen to draw near to the Holy of Holies.

Then the wise men are gently freed from their protective bubble wrap, and I smile at the reality that those so wise were not so full of their own importance that they missed the truth of who they were to travel “afar” to see. Interestingly, they presented gifts to the greatest gift of all.

The angel is easily found because broad wings are easily discernible even when they are wrapped protectively tight. At times, in my life, I have sensed broad wings wrapped protectively tight around me and I ponder the imagery.

Joseph and Mary are unwrapped, and as I contemplate all that had transpired for them as they made their way to shelter, resting alongside animals, surrounded by hay, I marvel at their ability to trust and obey with faith. Ignoring appearances.

Finally, the baby Jesus is revealed. That simple statement the cry of my heart – that He be revealed to all so that none should perish.

No doubt you, too, have a nativity you will be unwrapping this year.

Have you unwrapped Jesus to reveal Him to all those who enter your home?

Consider the truth that Jesus is wrapped up in each of us and we have a choice daily to keep Him hidden or reveal Him through word and deed.

Imagine that … we are a living nativity.

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  1. I never thought of my life as a living nativity before. Love that. Thanks, Tracey.

  2. Tracey this is beautiful. I have a few nativities out. The first is seen right when you walk in our home. It’s a light porcelain collection my Grandma gave me. It sits on a table in our foyer. Up our stairs I have a table at the top of the stairs with another nativity. Throughout our kitchen and living room I have mini sets up. I love to gaze upon the nativity and think of what it would have been like to visit the newborn King. I look at Mary’s expression and it reminds me of how I feel when I check on my sleeping children at night. When I first set up Christmas this year I had to glue a porcelain music figurine that plays the Little Drummer Boy. As I glued his little arm I thought “how would it be to approach the newborn Savior as a little drummer boy. So humble, yet full of love and awe for my Savior” I so often get off track this time of year when really, my heart just longs to sit near the King underneath the Star. Thank you for sharing, I needed this 🙂

    1. Thanks Erin…and thank you for sharing about the wonder of the season that is reflected in your own home and in your tender heart! Big Hug and a Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours!

  3. I love the challenge presented in this post. Beyond becoming a living nativity, it challenges the reader to make the simple act of setting up a Christmas nativity an act of worship. It’s easy (maybe even natural) to rush through the routine of Christmas traditions without intentional contemplation and purposeful worship. Your post reminds me that there is always an opportunity to worship the Christ of Christmas in the everydayness of the season. Thank you for that!