For the past seventeen nights, waiting for supper to end has been torturous for my children. They can’t sit still (ha, they can barely ‘sit’ at all) as they anticipate the moment when my husband and I will finally finish eating.
No matter how fidgety they’ve been during the meal, when the time comes they are all attention.
My husband lights the candles in the little Advent wreath my two smallest ‘helped’ me construct, hand dodging the sharp barbs of holly.
I scan the rows of miniature drawers in our Advent calendar, finding the one with the proper date. Inside is a treat for one member of the family, and a small slip of paper, bearing a portion of the Christmas story.
Though my children are small, they know the story well. The two oldest helped to tell it in their school’s Children’s Service, and recite the parts they know as we read.
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy, that will be for all people…”
It’s a familiar story to many, and has been retold many times, (as might be expected after around 2,000 years!) I love discovering retellings in art, music, film or writing that give me a fresh perspective on the tale- something beautiful to add to our Christmas traditions.
Koine’s “A Son, Emmanuel” is just that.
The music alone is lovely, but combined with Jason Jasperson’s stop motion sand-art, it becomes something special- a reminder of just why the night my family will celebrate in one week is sacred to so many people around the world.
I hope that you enjoy it, too.
I wish you all a blessed and peace-filled Christmas.
I’ll be offline for a bit, enjoying some family time, but I look forward to reconnecting with you all in the New Year with fresh articles on writing, history and whatever else 2018 brings!