Once again, the slips have been drawn, and this year’s cast of characters have been assembled.

Every year, for the past several years, our family has endeavored to emulate the virtues displayed by the various “characters” of the Nativity of our Lord. Slips of paper containing the names and virtues of each are folded and placed in a hat.

The toughest role?  Definitely the Blessed Virgin Mary.  My son, Gawain, is the only family member anxious to be Mary because he says “it’s easier to be good.”  Ouch.   I’ve often dreaded drawing that particular slip because of the high standards expected of Our Lady!

These are the slips as they were drawn:



The Christmas Star
: Mom (same as last year)
Virtues: Provide a steady light to guide the weary pilgrims. A source of guidance and illumination.



The Angel
: Arthur
Virtues: Proclaims the “tidings of great joy”. A source of inspiration. Obedient to the will of God.



Blessed Virgin
: Gareth
Virtues: Meek, humble, modest and pure. Full and complete obedience to God. Holiness.



St. Joseph
: Emily
Virtues: Humility, leadership and humble trust in God. Chastity and patience



The Shepherd
: Gawain
Virtues: Leadership. Listens to God. Kindness to the “lambs.” Goodness.


The Lambs (2):Galahad and Clementine
Virtues: Docility, innocence, obedience and trust.


The Ox: Charlotte
Virtues: Hardwork and diligence. Patience and sacrifice.


The Donkey: Dad
Virtues: Humility and docility. Patiently bears the burdens of others.

I’ll keep you posted on our progress…this activity remains one of our favorite Advent-ures!