Last Sunday, Katherine joined the other big kids in church in acting out the Christmas story. She was a bit shy, but she practiced singing “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World” in the car for over a week to prepare. She also liked joining Anna in breaking out the flower-girl dresses so that they could look like angels (technically, Katherine was “Head Star”). And she liked holding the star high so that Anna’s three brothers (the three wise men) could follow her to the stable.
Nathaniel was too wiggly to take part, but he surprised us all by regaling us with Christmas songs on our drive back from Ohio later in the week. He’d apparently been paying attention during rehearsals! He also wasn’t about to be out-dressed by his sister; he insisted on wearing his tuxedo (also from his uncle’s wedding this summer) to church. Needless to say, Sydney and I were outclassed by our children, but nobody was looking at us anyway.
When the kids got home from church they played quietly by themselves for a long period of time. It took us awhile to figure out that Nathaniel was carefully bringing Katherine every blanket in the house and she was sitting perfectly still: they were playing Mary and Joseph. They apparently figured out that Mary’s job is to sit demurely and Joseph’s job is to take care of her.