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.

This year’s selections truly seem to reflect changes that we all really need.  For the first time, Mom has to be a lamb.  Helpless and dependent.  Innocent and trusting.  Ouch!  This is going to be really, really hard…but good, right?  A holy Advent season stretches before us and we must stretch, too.

Here are the slips as they were drawn:

The Christmas Star: Arthur

Virtues: Provide a steady light to guide the weary pilgrims. A source of guidance and illumination.

The Angel: Dad

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

Blessed Virgin: Galahad

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

St. Joseph: Charlotte

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

The Shepherd: Emily

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

The Lambs (2):  Mom and Gawain

Virtues: Docility, innocence, obedience and trust.

The Ox: Gareth

Virtues: Hardwork and diligence. Patience and sacrifice.

The Donkey: Clementine

Virtues: Humility and docility. Patiently bears all burdens.

We’re on our way, journeying towards Bethlehem…meet you there!