"And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger;
she had to take care of herself,
things that must done after bearing down and birthing a baby.
The babe couldn't have laid on that bed of hay for long.
Mary brought the Gift of Heaven into her arms. She was holding Jesus.
The first time I saw this nativity my heart melted. I had never seen the scene created with the Christ Child in his mother's arms. She held him and He holds me. This redemption by God's Son for those he created for relationship, was pure love. It truly is the "greatest story ever told."