It is the first Sunday of Advent and the girls are very excited. We unpack the nativity set, and we place Mary and Joseph in the stable, next to the empty manger. They are waiting for the birth of Jesus.
I know a family who have a slightly different tradition. Mary and Joseph travel around their house before they arrive at the stable on Christmas Eve. Then the Wise Men set out on their own journey, following the star until they too reach the stable on the Feast of the Epiphany. I rather like this way of doing things. It makes more sense than our way. But I guess it doesn't really matter if we continue to do things as we've always done them...
In our house, Mary and Joseph wait... and the Wise Men set out on their journey at the beginning of Advent. For the next few weeks, the first question our children will ask each morning is...
Where will the Wise Men be today?
They could be anywhere.
Who will find them first?
When do your Wise Men begin their journey, following the star to the stable at Bethlehem?