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This is the first year I have actually read a Christmas book, I think. For my book club, someone chose the book The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere. I’ve heard parts of the story before, partially from the The Christmas Shoes by Newsong:
Some of you may have even seen the movie The Christmas Shoes starring Rob Lowe and Kimberly Williams.
This story is super emotional and cliche but a good story. My favorite part was actually the lessons to be learned about being a good spouse, as well as the value of family.
One of the best teachings on Christmas itself came in this paragraph however (emphasis and division done by me):
When we were little boys, Hugh and I helped my mother set up the Nativity. She had bought the hand-crafted Nativity years ago at a yard sale. Though my mother’s home was filled with magnificent antiques, she always claimed the twenty-dollar Nativity was one of her most prized possessions. As kids, my brother and I saw the set as little more than a collection of large wooden dolls, but each year Mom would explain the meaning of the Nativity to us.
“This is the most miraculous thing about Christ’s life, boys,” she’d say. “The most miraculous thing isn’t that he rose from the grave. He’s the Son of God–you’d expect God to be able to raise His own son from the grave. Don’t you think?” And we would eagerly nod our heads in agreement.
“But that’s not the most spectacular thing at all. What’s spectacular and mind-boggling is that God would want to leave the beauty of heaven to come to live here as a man. And you’d think that since Jesus was the King of Kings that he’d at least be born in a castle somewhere, not in some dirty barn. That’s what’s amazing!” she’d exclaim, turning Joseph ever so slightly toward Mary.
“That’s why Christmas is so special. Jesus came as a baby to Bethlehem–a baby that would grow up to live as a servant, not as a king.” Plugging in the floodlights that beamed over the back of the shepherds onto the baby in the manger, she’d continue, “That’s the beauty and wonder of Christmas, and that’s why we’ll set up the Nativity for as long as we can–to remind us. Isn’t it a nice reminder boys?” And we’d earnestly nod our heads again.
And I agree — that is pretty spectacular.
Have you ever read The Christmas Shoes or heard the song or watched the movie? What did you get from it?