We're sitting at dinner, eating pizza obviously, and Allie says to me "Mom, tell me the story about the baby Jesus." "Okay," I say, and start... "A long time ago, there was a woman named Mary..."
Then we get to the part about the shepherds sleeping in the fields and she says "But why were they sleeping in the fields?"
"Well, some people have theorized that Jesus was born close to the Passover celebration. The shepherds were in the fields because they needed to be near the sheep to watch them and protect them to make sure there would be perfect lambs for the sacrifice."
"Pay attention, kiddo" Brian says, "You're getting the deep theological stuff here."
I then go on to tell her about the wise men, who were not there at Jesus' birth, but who followed a star to find him. Then how Joseph had to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt to escape Herod.
"But Mom," Allie says, "Tell me about the sheep."
"The sheep? That was like the most uninteresting part of the whole story."
"But were the sheep sleeping too?"
"Time for bed."