Animals are a big part of the Christmas story. Animals shared the stable with the The New Born King, so long ago, keeping Him warm. The donkey carried the Holy Family to Bethlehem. This donkey is a light color, almost white, because in those days when an albino animal was born it was a sign that a miracle was going to happen. Animals have also made their way into our modern Christmas celebrations. They accompany Santa Claus on his journey and remind us that all God's creatures are to be treated with love and respect.