Beautiful essay. I have a memory—maybe part imagination—that in your childhood home, the Magi figurines would start far off (several feet away, on a mantle or shelf, I think) and move closer gradually until they joined the rest of the crèche at their big moment in the nativity story.

Now I do this with my crèche each year. However incomplete my memory, I credit your parents with a lovely way of playing with the real.

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