Sweetest Christmas Moment of the Season So Far...
and quite possibly the Sweetest. Moment. Ever.
Just look at Sydney as Mary.
When she and Holden (the boy being Joseph) walked into the church and I saw how tightly Sydney was clutching Baby Jesus, it just made my eyes well up with tears. And then the other kids followed in after her and all just stood quietly around the manger. And, while we all sang "O Come All Ye Faithful," she kept holding him so sweetly and looking down into his face.
That right there is what the Christmas season is all about.
And nativity scenes.
And baby Jesus.
Just almost too sweet for words.
A few other pictures from the practice the day before and the play last night, which was called "Bethlehem Treasure." Sydney sang along with the rest of the children (did her songs and motions perfectly!) and then was Mary too. She was pretty excited about her stage appearances!
After the show, I had one woman say to me, "That girl is going to end up on Broadway!" Another said that she was "lucky enough" to sit behind my parents, grandmother, and in-laws at the play, because Sydney "played up" to them all night long. And earlier in the day--when the kids sang one of the song selections in the morning worship service--our preacher commented from the pulpit, "I just wonder where Sydney got that rhythm from." It was all too cute!
The children's Christmas play is always the perfect kickoff to the holiday season for me. (If you don't have children, get to a church's play and you will catch the spirit. If you have children and they aren't in church, this is one of the reasons getting involved is so awesome!) If I wasn't in the spirit already, it gets me there quick. This year was no different!