Another post from back when the only people who read my blog were my mother and amphibian lovers who accidentally found it via a Google search.
One of my favorite parts of decorating for Christmas is unpacking and displaying my Nativity collection. It started when we got married and someone gave us the Fontanini collection Holy Family. Since then, we've added a new piece every year or two to that set.
And I've added other Nativities to the collection. I love having Nativity sets around as a reminder of the reason for the season. And because the collection gets packed away in January every year, I don't have to continually dust it, which is definitely a bonus.
Since this is my blog and I can do what I want to, I thought I'd share with you some of my favorites from the collection...
There's the Peruvian Nativity:
the George Carruth stone-carved Nativity from my friend Claire:
the fireplace Nativity screen I bought as a gift to myself for my 35th birthday:
the "Rita" Nativity, a collection handbuilt by artist Rita Jackson and given to me by Mike's grandmother:
though several of the pieces are broken and are waiting for me to fix them with Mighty Putty.
And of course the Fisher Price Nativity. Though in our version, Joseph has gone to the local watering hole with a shepherd and a couple of wise men, leaving Mary to look after the Savior of the World and a bunch of animals by herself:
There are more, but I didn't have the energy to unpack them all this year. I'll be scouring the after Christmas sales for my next favorite and maybe next year I'll put them all out.
What is your favorite part of Christmas decorating?
Originally posted December 23, 2008.