We are not a Christian family. The story about the birth of Jesus is however part of Christmas for our family. At my son’s Waldorf school they are hearing the story and learning songs that celebrate this aspect of Christmas. We have a number of books about the story and we read them.
And now we have the most amazingly beautiful nativity set. Beautifully handcrafted by my close friend Andj. Needle felted with warmly vibrant wool roving. I don’t quite know how to express how grateful I am to receive this beautiful gift. It gives me great joy.
The children are tempted to play, and I have said they can tell the story using the set soon. But I want them to understand the beauty of the nativity and to hold it in reverence.
I am thankful for the tradition of storytelling in Waldorf schools, where children experience a story through the warmth of the words of the story teller and the use of magical props to capture their imagination with beauty. I am grateful that this leads to the children following in this story telling tradition themselves. So I will await their call that the story will soon be told.