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The Nativity Scene Goes Digital (Video)

The story of the Nativity, as told by social media.

We’ve all had those moments as parents when we accidentally sound just like our parents did. I don’t know about you, but whenever it happens to me, I find it horrifying. I constantly catch myself telling my daughter things that begin with “when I was your age.” Those sentences usually end with some derivation of how little technology I had access to.

So imagine how shocked she was the other night when I asked her if she wanted to see what the past might have looked like if it had been digitized!

And imagine her shock when, upon saying yes, she saw me pulling up YouTube on my laptop—the very site I constantly monitor whenever she’s on the computer.

Well, that’s exactly what happened on Sunday when I showed her this fantastic video, “The Digital Story of the Nativity.” Because she’s only nine, she didn’t get all of it. She’s not on Facebook yet, nor is she on Twitter, but she gets the broad concept of both of them. An unexpected bonus to the video was that I got to explain how social media is so beneficial.

She delighted in seeing what the Nativity might have looked like had it gone down with the help of Google, and I must say, I loved it, too. As a parent, I tend to lament the advance of technology, to a certain degree at least. Odd, if not hypocritical, given how much this digital age has helped me professionally in the past few years. But I just can’t help it. I get worried about all the dangers that are just a mouse click away.

But as this video says, both figuratively and literally, “times change—feelings remain the same.”

I hope you enjoy this as much as we did! Happy holidays!

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