Christmas Dream, starring the Edwards-Eiring Family

24
Dec

 

Christmas Dream

We strode into Bethlehem looking for the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes. Bobby said, “Geez, it’s dark here.” Jeff, evoking a fatherly tone, said, “Yes, in Jesus’ day they didn’t have any electric lights, so it got really dark at night.” Kate and Andrew exchanged a look, rolling their eyes. Sarah was wondering where you could get a good cup of coffee in this backwater town.

It was Bobby who said, “Keep an eye out for the shepherds; they’ll know the way.” No sooner had he said this then we saw them — shepherds, five or six of them — riding in the back of a pick up truck. “That’s got to be cold,” said Kate. Kate knows cold. Jeff pointed out that the pick up truck was historically inaccurate, evoking another roll of the eyeballs by Andrew and Kate, joined this time by Bobby. We flagged them down, asking for the way to the baby, but, of course they didn’t speak English, so they had no idea what we were talking about. One of the shepherds was sipping a cup of coffee from a paper cup, and Sarah pointed at it, making a universal gesture for, “Where’d you get that?” The shepherd pointed down the road in the direction from whence the pickup had come.

“I think they must have just gotten off work as dishwashers,” said Andrew. A couple of them were still wearing their white aprons. One was still drying a mug, as though he couldn’t help himself. He looked absolutely exhausted. “I’m guessing they just got off the 3 to 11 shift,” said Jeff.  “They’ve been working a lot longer than that,” said Kate, who knows exhaustion when she sees it. We thanked the shepherds, saying, “Gracias,” which evoked a Si, Gracias” in response, and we headed on down the road to the diner. Coming inside we took seats at the counter. Sarah and Kate ordered cups of coffee, while the boys all enjoyed a slice of peach pie.Just then an old man, a few years younger than Jeff, came in the door. He too, looked exhausted, and somewhat desperate. He asked the manager of the diner a question, and the manager just shook his head. “That’s Joseph,” said Andrew, with absolute certainty.

Just then an old man, a few years younger than Jeff, came in the door. He too, looked exhausted, and somewhat desperate. He asked the manager of the diner a question, and the manager just shook his head. said Andrew, with absolute certainty.  “What makes you so sure?” asked Sarah.  “He’s trying to offer frankincense and myrrh for a couple of take out dinners.”  We quickly paid our bill and headed out the door, following Joseph. He seemed too tired to notice us trailing after him, and we followed him all the way to a cave on the outskirts of the village. We could hear the waves breaking at the ocean off in the distance, which, Jeff noted, didn’t make any sense because Bethlehem isn’t anywhere near an ocean. This time even Sarah rolled her eyes. Following Joseph, we ducked our heads and entered the cave. There were cows and pigs and a dog with only one eye. We pet the dog, and then heard the baby. He was cooing. It was sweet.We quickly paid our bill and headed out the door, following Joseph. He seemed too tired to notice us trailing after him, and we followed him all the way to a cave on the outskirts of the village. We could hear the waves breaking at the ocean off in the distance, which, Jeff noted, didn’t make any sense because Bethlehem isn’t anywhere near an ocean. This time even Sarah rolled her eyes. Following Joseph, we ducked our heads and entered the cave. There were cows and pigs and a dog with only one eye. We pet the dog, and then heard the baby. He was cooing. It was sweet.When we first entered the cave it stank really bad, but the stink turned to a lovely perfumed fragrance. Mary was sitting there, softly humming to her baby boy who was having himself a really good time taking in the wonder of it all. Bobby, who is really good with little kids, fell to his knees and started making faces for the baby. This made Mary laugh, and the laughter was the music of the angels. All we had with us were some wheat thins and Gatorade, which we gave to them, and they seemed pleased.

We quickly paid our bill and headed out the door, following Joseph. He seemed too tired to notice us trailing after him, and we followed him all the way to a cave on the outskirts of the village. We could hear the waves breaking at the ocean off in the distance, which, Jeff noted, didn’t make any sense because Bethlehem isn’t anywhere near an ocean. This time even Sarah rolled her eyes. Following Joseph, we ducked our heads and entered the cave. There were cows and pigs and a dog with only one eye. We pet the dog, and then heard the baby. He was cooing. It was sweet.When we first entered the cave it stank really bad, but the stink turned to a lovely perfumed fragrance. Mary was sitting there, softly humming to her baby boy who was having himself a really good time taking in the wonder of it all. Bobby, who is really good with little kids, fell to his knees and started making faces for the baby. This made Mary laugh, and the laughter was the music of the angels. All we had with us were some wheat thins and Gatorade, which we gave to them, and they seemed pleased. We stayed there a good long time, until the sun was just beginning to rise. Even though we weren’t a bit tired, we said our goodbyes, figuring that the holy family could use some private time. Joseph gave us pats on the back. We pet the one-eyed dog and headed down to the ocean for an early morning swim.

We quickly paid our bill and headed out the door, following Joseph. He seemed too tired to notice us trailing after him, and we followed him all the way to a cave on the outskirts of the village. We could hear the waves breaking at the ocean off in the distance, which, Jeff noted, didn’t make any sense because Bethlehem isn’t anywhere near an ocean. This time even Sarah rolled her eyes. Following Joseph, we ducked our heads and entered the cave. There were cows and pigs and a dog with only one eye. We pet the dog, and then heard the baby. He was cooing. It was sweet.When we first entered the cave it stank really bad, but the stink turned to a lovely perfumed fragrance. Mary was sitting there, softly humming to her baby boy who was having himself a really good time taking in the wonder of it all. Bobby, who is really good with little kids, fell to his knees and started making faces for the baby. This made Mary laugh, and the laughter was the music of the angels. All we had with us were some wheat thins and Gatorade, which we gave to them, and they seemed pleased.

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