"Do not be afraid!" -- rethinking our Advent traditions in 2020 can lead to some terrific innovations and teaching opportunities.
We love the idea of "rethinking WHO" the shepherds, angels, and Magi are in "Live" or "Virtual" Nativity performances. It's another way to see ourselves and our neighbors participating in God's story, and ask questions like "what does Jesus want from us" this particular Advent season. Who are we and what do we "bring" to the manger this year?
What other neighbors are like "shepherds in the field" this Advent? How about
- postal carriers
- delivery workers
- daycare workers
- nurse' aids
- waste haulers
- who else?
See a related idea about having members come dressed in their OWN costumes for a "Nativity Photo Shoot." These costumes do not have to be traditional, but in fact, can be the "uniforms" we wear in our daily lives (sports, work, hobby, Christmas).