In sprite of changing over twenty-five thousand diapers, never eating a hot meal and never sleeping for more than thirty minutes at a time, Linda was so grateful for her four children – three sons and a daughter. Her proudest moment came during the children’s Christmas pageant. Her youngest daughter was playing Mary, two of her elder sons were shepherds and her other son was a wise man. This was their moment to shine.
Her six-year-old shepherd had practised his line, “We found the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.” But he was nervous and said, “The baby was wrapped in wrinkled clothes.”
Her four-year-old “Mary” said, “That’s not ‘wrinkled’ clothes, silly. That’s dirty, rotten clothes.”
A wrestling match broke out between Mary and the shepherd and was stopped by an angel, who bent her halo and lost her left wing.
Lisa slouched a little lower in her seat when Mary dropped the doll representing Baby Jesus, and it bounced down the aisle crying, “Mama-mama.” Mary grabbed the doll, wrapped it back up and held it tightly as the wise men arrived.
Her other son stepped forward wearing a bathrobe and a paper crown, knelt at the manger and announced, “We are the three wise men, and we are bringing gifts of gold, common sense and fur.”
The congregation dissolved into laughter, and the pageant got a standing ovation.
“I’ve never enjoyed a Christmas program as much as this one,” Father Brian laughed, wiping tears from his eyes. “For the rest of my life, I’ll never hear the Christmas story without thinking of gold, common sense and fur.”
“My children are my pride, my joy and my greatest blessing,” Linda said as she dug through her purse for an aspirin.
Note: Gifts that were presented by the wise men to Jesus are – gold, frankincense and myrrh.