Christmas is about the birth of the baby Jesus, even though I know he wasn’t born in Winter, but Spring as there were baby lambs in the fields at night. We choose to celebrate His birth at this time of year. I believe He left heaven and chose to be born of the virgin Mary, in a town called Bethlehem.
Although I usually have a tree set up as well as some little Father Christmas’ ornaments and angels and other goodies the children have created through the years.A nativity set has to hold pride of place. Jesus came to this earth as a baby and I want that to be the focus of our decorations.
Through the years we have had a knitted set, made by a lady called Mary, that I bought many years ago. I paid R100 for it. I had started a knitted set myself, made one shepherd and then lost the pattern. This lady had the pattern but wouldn’t let me have a copy as she made her money creating these sets to sell. The pattern was from an old living and loving magazine. Long story short we have had this knitted set for years. I have allowed the children to touch it and Rosie has loved playing with it and making the people talk. Last year the boys kept moving baby Jesus and hiding him all over, under the manger, behind the wise men etc and she would get upset and shout at them.
This year I have a new nativity set. It is a Willowtree figurine set and I am sure that it will become a family heirloom in many years to come. I ordered it while visiting Shayne in June I love it so much already. It is precious and gorgeous.
I am not so sure I’ll be as free with letting the children touch it...we’ll have to see.
Do you know I haven't got any ornaments that I would call favourite. I recently spent a weekend with some scrapping friends, and one of the girls buys her daughter a new ornament for the tree every year, with the plan that when she leaves home she'll take them with her, I wish I'd thought of that .....or that my Mum had thought of that.
Perhaps it's something I could do for my grandchildren! (Some years off yet!!)
This is from my 2009 Christmas journal, I love the new reindeer we got for our garden last year - can't wait to get them out again. They looks so pretty all lit up at night, especially when we have snow.
A favourite Christmas ornament It's origins, where you got it, who you got it from why it is special how you display it it's imprtance to you the story behind it This is a suggestion by Julie (www.lagrandecupcake.blogspot.com)
It might not be very old but it is very precious. My Nan bought this for Stanley Christmas 2003. She saw it in her sheltered housing and bought it. She gave it to him before Christmas ( while we were out of the room) because she couldn't wait to see his face. Nan won't with us the next year so it is a precious reminder of the time they had together