And when you think about it, I think there was probably a fair amount of activity going on in the nativity that first Noel; animals, straw, a mother in labor for the first time, a father standing by, one or two blessed midwives. And that's before the shepherds started showing up. (Technically the wise men appeared a while after the birth, but we need them in the picture since they brought the gifts.)
There is a lot of activity going on as we get ready to celebrate those events. I need to remember take a little bit of time in between the activity to really think about those who were a part of that nativity, and why it's so important to me.