Mary and Joseph and the donkey started beside the coffee table, and every day they made it a little closer to the stable. Every day the children, and the dogs, played with all the characters, and every night, they were all put back in their place.
Christmas morning Mary and Joseph arrived, Jesus was born, the angel was set on the tree above the stable, and the wise men and shepherds made it to the stable to worship Jesus. We said a prayer, and then it was time to open the gifts.
This was our way of keeping the message of Christmas prominent in our home, and every year my boys always enjoyed their part in putting all the figures in their places for everyone's journeys to begin another year.