Our local Waldorf School puts on a wonderful Shepherds Play every December, hosted in the barn of one of the families / farmers who is associated with the school. This is another one of our favorite Christmas traditions. It is such a nice break from all of the shopping, cartoons and stress that seem to make up far too much of the season. It is a beautiful story of Jesus Christ's birth, made all the more magical because of the setting. It always amazes me when I go to this type of event - you can only imagine how much fun the kids were having running, climbing and hiding in all of the hay bails that were piled up in the barn as seats. But as soon as the actors came in, all of the children settled in with their families, nice and warm in blankets and laps, and watched mesmerized for the next hour. With the exception of one little babe who was not likely more than 2 - 3 months old, every single child was quite, still, and respectful during the whole play. It was such a lovely story, with guitars music and singing throughout. What a beautiful, beautiful way to spend an afternoon.