Charis has four manger scenes that we set out at Christmas (we seem to add at least one more each year). She asked me to play manger with her the other morning, and the picture below is what we came up with. She wanted to get all of the figurines from two complete manger sets all onto one small cardboard stable. She kept rearranging everything for about five minutes in an attempt to get everyone on the board. Near the end of her arranging, she said, “This chicken needs to be next to the tiny baby Jesus,” and then moved Joseph away to make room for the chicken. When she was finally finished, she looked over her work and said, “Dad, this manger is really, really crowded.” And I guess she was right.

Crowded Manger

Crowded Manger Overhead