Gates also had a speaking part. He quoted scripture. He said, "Fear Not" loud and clear. He was also a Wise Man (not to be confused with a king) in the nativity. His great grandmother, Edith told him; (You were a great king, Gates!" Response....."I not no king; I Wise Man!"
Unfortunately, his wise man crown was too big so he spent a lot of time on stage taking it off from where it fell around his neck and putting it back on (usually upside down). This was one time he needed Hubs ears to keep the thing on his head. Hubs took the pictures and totally missed all those photo opportunities.
Santa came to the party afterwards and Gates told him: "I want Wowboy boots, a Wowboy hat, and a Wowboy gun!" His parents were quite surprised because he had told them he wanted an electric Police Car he could drive around his yard. Good thing Santa and parents aren't the same people!
I am reading a small book a student gave me in 2001 called Jesus in the Reason for the Season. I always put it out as a decoration and never read it until this year. :( Here are a couple of quotes.
"Blesses is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love" Hamilton Mabie
"Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect." Oren Arnold