At Christmastime, we change up our lullabies. I usually suggest singing a Christmas Carol at bedtime instead of the usual songs. For Camilla, though, “Jingle Bells” has become a favorite “usual lullaby” and she’ll ask for it year round, which cracked me up at first. Now I'm used to it. My favorite Advent lullaby is “Away in a Manger". After all, it is also known as “Cradle Song” and the verses are beautiful as a bedtime prayer.
Last week, I asked Adrian if we could sing “Away in a Manger” instead of “Father”.
“Yeah,” he said.
I proceeded to sing and rock my snuggly boy.
After I finished all three verses, he looked up at me and said, “Father.”
“You want to sing ‘Good Night my Father’, too?”
I laughed—and complied.
Apparently he just can’t go to sleep until we sing it.
|Photo by April Roskos|