Monday 14th December 2015
Somehow the donkey got left out when I packed the figures for a visit to the pre-school. The children had just decided that Mary would get to Bethlehem by going on a donkey; so I had to find one. There he was in the stable scene. So I perched Mary on that version of a donkey. "She's riding the cow as well," they said. "She's just practising in the shed before they go to Bethlehem" -- and all was well.
I hope that's not their lifelong picture of the Christmas story. But it wouldn't really matter, given that St Luke and St Matthew have their own totally different versions!