10 December 2008

Christmas Traditions

This is supposed to be the post in which I explain to you why your family traditions are inferior to mine, but I've stayed up too late watching MI-5 tonight (why does Tom keep dating idiots? Date the CIA agent!), so this post will be brief and I'll be properly insufferable with familial pride tomorrow (unless the call of the TV is too great; it's hard not to curl up on the couch and fritter away time in the winter).

1. Nativity - We have two nativity sets in my parents' house. One is the beautiful fragile set that's kept at the top of the tallest bookcase in the living room all year long. The other is an indestructible set my parents bought when they lived in Germany that is set down low so that children can play with it. I especially like the sheep. It's a very sturdy set except for the manager, which only has three legs because one snapped off, so now it has to be propped against the back wall of the barn-thing. I noticed that recently my mom's been replacing the original manger and Baby with some from a different set. This is wrong, wrong, wrong because the nativity set is lowly looking and the new pieces are fancy. When my sister was a little girl, she always made the Baby run away to the top of the roof. I don't know why. I just liked to rearrange the sheep.

Marmot Dad's parents recently gave the marmots a nativity set. Tuey immediately identified one of the wisemen as a vampire and started growling at the Holy Family that he was going to eat them up.

6 comments:

rebekah said...

the cia agent IS an idiot! what are you talking about?!!!

MBC said...

Don't tell me anything about the CIA agent! She hasn't been around very long, and she hasn't done anything idiotic yet.

ben said...

"It's a very sturdy set except for the manager, which only has three legs because one snapped off, so now it has to be propped against the back wall of the barn-thing."

Three-legged managers are indeed odd and annoying.

Maren said...

Loved the bit about the vampire. I can just see him growling at the poor defenseless wisemen. They do travel by light of star - maybe they are "creatures of the night."

Moo said...

Our manger has only two legs.

MBC said...

Ben--Oops!

Maren--Very good reasoning. Balthazar was probably the vampire.

Moo-I hope yours is one of those low to the ground kind. Ours is tall, so there's no way a child will stay in it with three legs.

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