I started not to share this Texas tradition because this year I didn’t learn about the Living Nativity display at the First Baptist Church of Burnet until too late this year.
I changed my mind, though, and here’s why…
Though living nativity displays may not be unique to Texas, they are uniquely appropriate to the true Reason for the Season! By posting, I can enjoy a video of the event and bookmark it in my memory to be sure to go next year. (The narration of this video is in Spanish, but much of the audio is in English. THAT’s uniquely Texan, for sure! Definitely well done and worth watching.)
As a child, I used to pray fervently for a White Christmas like I saw on Christmas cards and movies and heard about in songs. It never snowed. Most Christmases we played outside with our new toys wearing shorts. It was quite disappointing to a little idealist like me.
Then I realized that there probably was no snow in Bethlehem, either. Since the shepherds were sleeping out in the hills, there’s a good chance the weather was warm and spring-like, which would be a good thing for a baby born in a stable. The snow is Hollywood. It doesn’t so much matter whether Jesus came “in the bleak midwinter” as that He came as light into our darkness.
By some fluke of nature (and in complete irony to fears of “global warming”), I finally got my white Christmas in Texas in 2009. It was lovely. But now that I’ve satisfied that childhood dream, I think I almost like Texas’ traditional balmy “Bethlehem” Christmases better.