One of my favorite places to go to during the Christmas Season is the Creation Museum in Kentucky. My entire family loves going to see their outdoor presentation of Christmas lights, Manger, Magi, Camel Rides, etc.
The environment is peaceful and enjoyable. Every year they do something different in their presentations.
This year they had different Bible characters walking around, like the Shepherds telling the story form their experience. They also had Simeon and Anna sharing how they knew the Christ child had entered the Temple.
The cast stays in character the entire time. They answer any questions from that time period and do not answer from a 21st century perspective.
Just last night, during our visit, Anna happened to walk by us and said: “Shalom.” I replied by saying “Shalom” back and then she asked me a question: “Do you folks have any questions?” To which I replied (with a smile): “Anna, how old are you.”
Now, I know better than to ask a lady her age, but I figured I could get away with this ancient Temple abiding woman who at the time of Christ’s birth she was 84 years old.
I figured she would reply back to me with a smart-Alec answer like: “Well, I’m around 2090 years old” or something to that effect.
Instead, this cute little lady (who looked like she was around 75 years old – in reality) was so sharp! She stayed in her roll and with the nicest smile you’ve ever seen, she responded by saying: “Well, I am of advance age from long ago, but let me share with you an experience I had.”
At this time, Anna went on a 10 minute dissertation of her encounter with baby Messiah. Her story telling had a genuine heart-felt passion like no other. At times I thought she was even going to cry at the emotion she portrayed – the excitement of holding baby Jesus in her arms.
Anna and her love for the Christ child was one of the highlights of the night.
Just because this regular lady (who’s not a professional actor), acted her roll so well that she had, not just me, but my entire family captivated by her authentic presence.
Unfortunately, she never told me how old she was… she managed to wiggle her way out of that one.
The other highlight of going to the Creation Museum was the time we spent with our friends of 30 years. We were all touched by the presentations given at the Creations Museum and their way of reaching out to the community with the beautiful Christmas lights and the different presentations of the love displayed for the Christ child.
This season, my hope for you is that Jesus will be the purpose of your Christmas celebrations with family and friends.
Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birth, the one who was born of a virgin. Please keep in mind that while growing up He knew exactly why He came-to die as a perfect sacrifice for humanity’s sins that we may be able to enter into relationship with Father God.
What an amazing reason to celebrate Christmas. This season is of great joy, great fun, with great families and friends.
Question: I wonder, what is one of your favorite things to do during Christmastime?
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Alex Colón, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Teacher, Pastor, Blogger and best of all, Husband and Father of 4. Living the re-Branded life