A home at Christmas time can never have to many nativities. Don't you agree? And this is the real meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. This Precious Moments nativity was my first. Almost 30 years old and all the pieces accounted for. This little set stays out all year long in my curio cabinet.
Years ago I made this one of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. I don't know how many of these I made, but it was several. I made them to sell at craft boutiques. I have never seen anything like them since. Consider yourself lucky if you have one, I've searched high and low in the sewing room for the pattern with no luck. One day I will stumble upon it and who knows, just maybe I'll make some again. The Fisher Price nativity is one we have had since Hatch was a baby, so that's been coming out of the box for almost 10 years. This is the one the kids are able to play with when they come to the White house during the holidays. I know they still sell these in the Fisher Price catalog or online. And when we were in Target today I noticed they were selling them.This is the Willow Tree nativity that I started collecting when I worked at Heritage Woodworks. I have some of their very first pieces, like the trees. Those are discontinued pieces now. This is one of my favorites. The creche was given to me right before Christmas in 2003 when my dad passed away on December 16th. This piece holds a special place in my heart as it brings back such fond memories of him.This nativity was a gift several years ago from Stuart's sister in-law, Pam and her husband Doc. I remember them bringing it the first of the month so we could enjoy it all month and we sure have been enjoying it every year since.This nativity is made from olive trees from Jerusleum. It was also a gift. A gift from my parents many years ago. I haven't had this one out for a few years but this year I ran across the box in the very back of my Christmas storage room. Time to display it again, I thought. Once again, this one also brings back many fun and everlasting memories of my mom and dad. I miss them every day but it seems that I miss them more this time of year. Christmas is a time of giving and that's what my mom and dad were, always giving. Merry Christmas to both of you.
How about you? Do you have a favorite nativity at your house?