( to continue) The children quickly dressed and got in the car. Mom drove cautiously1 through the snow and the children wondered what she was going to show them. It was the same route they drove for their music lessons but then Mom turned down a different street.
"I found this place by accident as I went to pick you up from your music lessons." said Mom. She stopped the car in front of a house. The children were puzzled as to why she stopped.
"What do you want us to see?" asked Emily.
"See the nativity scene in the corner of the yard?" said Mom. "It's just like a real stable. Let's go look at it."
"I'm staying inside." said Bradley.
"I want to see it." said Emily.
"I'll race you there!" said Brian.
The children ran to the stable.
Brian knocked on the boards. "Mom, it's real wood."
"Yes, someone took a lot of time and care to build this." said Mom.
"But it doesn't have Mary or Joseph statues." said Brian.
"Do you feel like pretending?" asked Mom.
"Yes, yes!" cried Emily and Brian.
"Let's pretend we're back in the olden days when Jesus was born." said Mom. "Emily, go get your doll and put it in the manger. You can be Mary. Brian, get the window scraper from the car. That will be your cane2 and you can be Joseph and I'll be the innkeeper. Who remembers how the story goes?"
"I do!" yelled3 excited Brian. "Dad read us that story before he left on his trip. Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem to get sentenced."
Mom laughed. "No Brian, I think you mean for the census4. Do you know what that means?"
"I can't remember." said Brian.
"That means that the government wanted to find out how many people lived in the country." said Mom. "Go on with the story."
"Mary and Joseph have to stay overnight5 but all the hotels are full." said Brian.
"And Mary is going to have a baby, right Mom?" said Emily.
"That's right. Very good, you remember." said Mom. "Okay, here is my hotel. Lights, cameras, action!"( to be continued )