Ok! Besides, you are getting a post for December 6th too, just not the night before. It's a special day tomorrow! Anyone want to guess what it is?
Back to business though, I thought I'd share some pictures of my nativity set today. That's right: for the first time ever, you will see pictures on this blog that aren't Pinterest perfect; they are instead taken on my extremely high-resolution phone!*
*please note: sarcasm
I really like the story behind my nativity set; it wasn't a family heirloom, or smuggled from a far-away land, but it was collected piece by piece by one of my aunts, who gave me one new figure each Christmas.
My first figure, of course, was Jesus. It wouldn't make much sense to have all these people standing around and worshiping nothing, would it? Then followed Mary, Joseph, and an angel. Then my mom got me a stable to put them in. It actually has a music box that plays Silent Night.
Then followed the shepherds, one by one. I was now well into my grade-school years, and still anticipated each year's new arrival. That shepherd girl sitting down is named Naomi, and I thought "huh, what a nice name!" And lo and behold, a year or two later, I met a real live (nice) Naomi! :)
And last but not least, I got the wise-men. I wondered and kind of hoped I'd get one riding a camel, but I loved the ones I got! Besides, by the time I got my last wiseman, the manger scene was getting a bit crowded!
I'm so happy my aunt did this for me. It's something I'll keep for the rest of my life, and instead of having to buy an expensive nativity all at once, I had the joy and anticipation of collecting one every year, as I experienced another Christmas, remembering the true reason for the season.
Do you have a nativity set?
Is there a certain present you have "collected" over the years?