This afternoon our Secular Franciscan Fraternity once again hosted our Living Nativity at Greccio celebration.
It was a little different this year. Actually, it was very different this year. First of all, we had it in a new location, as our parish merged with another parish and has leased the property where we used to hold this event.
Second, we held the celebration indoors because of the morning's very nasty weather: ice and freezing rain and then damp cold.
Third, we had to cancel the animals as we could not have a pony, a llama, two sheep and two goats in our parish gym.
BUT we found a four-year-old boy who was there with his grandparents and willing to put on a fleecy costume and walk along with the shepherds--even if he did have to exit the scene before it was over so he could take a potty break.
This year, "Baby Jesus" was a very happy little one, so Middle Sister (as Angel Gabriel) and "Mary" didn't have to go looking for the Holy Binky as in years past.
We had a nice big choir and the audience actually sang along. And there were tons of little angels and shepherds.
I did have to zip home to pick up a forgotten costume part, but made it back in plenty of time.
Our indoor Greccio was better than I expected--especially since I didn't have to freeze my fingertips off while playing my guitar.