This is the figure of Baby Jesus that is used in the Church of the Nativity Christmas Eve Mass that is televised around the world. As beautiful as it is, it’s a poor, artificial representation of the true Jesus. How real is He in your life? Is He stiff like a plaster statue, or does He sit beside you and chat with you and listen to you with deep compassion and understanding and wonderful guidance?

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.(Luke 2:4-7)

Click on the bed of straw in this photo to see the place where His manger used to be.