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December 21, 2006 at 9:23 pm 23 comments

My friend, Clay Guy, is remodeling a house on Main Street that used to be occupied by two single girls.  Last weekend another friend of ours who happens to have a full white beard, was doing some work on the roof, diligently watched by the small boy next door.  As he was coming down the ladder at the end of the day he heard the little boy talking to his mother:

     “Momma, what did those girls next door do?” he asked.

    “Do?  What makes you think they “did” something?”

     “Well, Santa’s been on the roof all day sealing up their chimney!”


The Zanesville Community Theaters Angel Tree Project beat last years record!  More toys for kids who wouldn’t have any without their help.  The show was really nice, even (especially) without me.  It is the theater’s tradition to include a nativity scene in every Angel Tree production.  Since this year’s show was totally a musical, Mary, Joseph and the baby came out during a series of nativity related songs.  It was choreographed so beautifully.  A simple tableau of young parents in traditional nativity garb, totally focused  on their newborn baby, oblivious to the choirs of contemporary people in jeans and sweaters singing and moving around them.  Towards the end of this scene, it was the teenagers who were singing.  Mary made eye contact with  the girls closest to her for the first time and then gently handed one of them the baby, who handed it to another, each of them rocking and cuddling this newborn king.  What a simple, powerful way to illustrate the timeless message of a savior’s birth.  Bravo ZCT!


Speaking of Nativity Scenes.  nativityscene.jpgI’ve always owned one and when my kids were small we used to assign each of them a character.  Their wise man, shepherd, angel, whatever…would start in the middle of the table on December 1st, for every day they were good, their character moved closer to the creche on the window, when they were bad, they moved backwards away from the manger scene.  The goal was to be in place to see the baby Jesus on Christmas Eve.  The girls loved this tradition and would kill themselves being good to move their character.  My son…well there’s another story.  We had to discontinue the tradition when he was six and he’d misbehaved so much that his character had back stepped its way to the neighbors by Christmas Eve. 


Entry filed under: Holidays, Music and Theatre.

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  • 1. J.  |  December 21, 2006 at 9:53 pm

    Sealing up the chimney!!
    OMG that’s too cute.
    And I love the bit about the nativity! Great idea. Even when the characters end up outside. LOL…

  • 2. DaveM  |  December 21, 2006 at 10:47 pm

    Funny you should comment about nativity scenes, ours has just been brought out and my wife has said how tatty it looks. Its only kept now because my daughter doesn’t want to get rid of it.

    I’m sure the play would have been even better with the addition of your dulcet tones. agh.

  • 3. sandy  |  December 22, 2006 at 3:29 am

    Lol, great stories Kat. Oh the wonder of the world through a child’s eyes. lol
    And, as DaveM says I’m sure you were sorely missed in the play.
    Hope you have a very Happy Christmms Kat.

  • 4. katcampbell  |  December 22, 2006 at 3:34 am

    J. – The Nativity was a great idea until Christmas Eve and then his little heart was broken. Silly boy never did make the connect to JUST BE GOOD!

    Dave & Sandy – They didn’t miss my singing, but those people are so nice, many of them mentioned that they missed “my cheerful attitude”. Tactful to a fault, that’s why I love that theater.

  • 5. Shelli  |  December 22, 2006 at 4:32 am

    I always have high expectations for finishing the Christmas Puzzle, and most years are missing a piece or two. I hear you on that one and your solution to that is very admirable. I love the way you put it.

  • 6. Shelli  |  December 22, 2006 at 4:38 am

    Shoot. I’m sorry, I meant that previous comment to go on the previous post. Here’s my comment for this one:

    The description that you gave of ZCT, gave me goosebumps. How beautiful. I wish I could have seen it but having you describe it to us is the next best thing. Thanks.

  • 7. Quilldancer  |  December 22, 2006 at 7:01 am

    Sealing the chimney! Too funny.

    The Nativity reenactment echos with silent eloquence.

    As to your son … boys will be boys?

  • 8. sandyw554  |  December 22, 2006 at 10:15 am

    Kat…I loved your Christmas tradition with the nativity and that santa story on the neighbors roof was really funny. May your Christmas be merry.

  • 9. starbender  |  December 22, 2006 at 11:48 am

    Kat- I would like to wish U a Fantastic Christmas, and a Very Happy New Year!


  • 10. Catch  |  December 22, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    I had to laugh when I read about your sons character being moved over to the neighbors…lol. I am not that far from Zanesville….as a matter of fact, my brother was LT at the Zanesville state patrol post, he just retired 3 or 4 years ago. Have a great Christmas Kat!!!! God bless

  • 11. Mr. Fabulous  |  December 22, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    I like that tradition you had, very cool!

  • 12. Stacy  |  December 22, 2006 at 5:13 pm

    The thing with the Nativity characters sounds like a cute idea, though I’m afraid my daughter would have been right out the door with your son.

    Merry Christmas, Kat!

  • 13. jackie  |  December 22, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    I love plays, and this one sounds very moving, wish I could have seen it.

    Oh, you were brave with the Nativity tradition – all three of mine would have been at the neighbors. 🙂

  • 14. FatWhiteMan  |  December 23, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

  • 15. Twobuyfour  |  December 23, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    TOO FUNNY! You just can’t beat the way kids look at things and piece things together in their brains and come up with conclusions that are out of this world!

  • 16. The Rev. Dr. Kate  |  December 23, 2006 at 9:43 pm

    Out of the mouths of babes – and the gestures of a mother. I loved that the Christ Child was passes from person to person – sharing Christ in a whole new way! Blessings to you and yours this holiday season – and we expect to see pics of the grandgirls opening presents under the tree!

  • 17. guyana-gyal  |  December 23, 2006 at 11:48 pm

    Children say the darnest things, haha…I was talking to my brother the day before yesterday and what he told me his little boy said had me cracking up.

    Speaking of bad, that same brother of mine, he was so bad my mother despaired. And look at him now, so good. I am still in shock 🙂

  • 18. Quilldancer  |  December 24, 2006 at 2:05 am

    Merry Christmas, KAt! Pop by may place and you can “meet” me!

  • 19. Janet  |  December 24, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    That’s a funny story about your son!

  • 20. gela  |  December 27, 2006 at 6:56 am

    I probably shouldn’t but I found the story about your son so funny. lol.

  • 21. katcampbell  |  December 27, 2006 at 7:42 am

    No worries Gela, it was supposed to be funny.

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