Each year as Christmas approaches, nativity scenes start to appear in homes, churches, and even businesses. At the center of each scene stands a manger waiting to hold the Christ Child. Throughout Advent, we heard the call to “Be the Manger” ourselves so that Christ could truly be born in us this year. In order to “Be the Manger,” we need to be like a manger: be ready, be sturdy, be empty, and be still. Now, we behold him! As we welcome the birth of Christ on this most holy night, the manger of our hearts can both hold and behold him – this precious gift.