This will likely be the last post for 2015 so I thought it should be particularly poignant.
Setting: present-day America in the Bible-belt south.
Scene: A father is sharing some quality time with his three girls (4, 5, & 9yrs) a couple of days before Christmas. Sitting on the couch with his youngest daughter, the two are rehearsing the Christmas story.
4yr old: When I have a baby I’m going to name them “Stable.”
Dad: Would you name the baby “Stable” if they were a boy or a girl?
4yr old: If it’s a boy I’d name him “Stable”; if it’s a girl I’d name her “Manger.”
5yr old (standing nearby): You should name her “Jesus.”
4yr old (with a wrinkled face): That’s a horrible name.
Press on, parents. Merry Christmas!