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November 29, 2007

Manger Scenes

Filed under: Christmas — Kathy @ 6:16 pm
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The most iconic Christmas decoration of all, the nativity scene, reminds us of what Christmas is really all about.

Nativity, procelain bisque
This porcelain bisque set was given to me in increments, over 8 years, for my birthdays.

Holy Family, porcelain bisque
It looks pretty when the sun shines through the window onto it.

Shore nativity
I like this set because of the quilt patterns on every piece.

Child friendly nativity
My kids played with this one when they were little. The pieces in the set go to a carol.

The Friendly Beasts

Jesus our brother, kind and good
Was humbly born in a stable rude
And the friendly beasts around Him stood
Jesus our brother, kind and good.

“I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown,
“I carried His mother up hill and down;
I carried her safely to Bethlehem town.”
“I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown.

“I,” said the cow, all white and red
“I gave Him my manger for a bed;
I gave Him my hay to pillow His head.”
“I,” said the cow, all white and red.

“I,” said the sheep with curly horn,
“I gave Him my wool for His blanket warm;
He wore my coat on Christmas morn.”
“I,” said the sheep with curly horn.

“I,” said the dove from the rafters high,
“Cooed Him to sleep that He should not cry;
We cooed Him to sleep, my mate and I.”
“I,” said the dove from the rafters high.

“I,” said the camel, yellow and black,
“Over the desert, upon my back,
I brought Him a gift in the Wise Men’s pack.”
“I,” said the camel, yellow and black.

Thus every beast by some good spell
In the stable dark was glad to tell
Of the gift he gave Emmanuel,
The gift he gave Emmanuel.

Miniature nativity
This really tiny set belongs to my mom, but it is here in the house. I particularly like it because it is plain and humble.

I have a book of “creches” and I know there are millions of different types out there. In a store just the other day I saw them from Thailand, Africa, Jerusalem, Italy, Mexico and the US, all very different in style. What is yours like? When you think about it, it’s rather amazing that the message transcends nations, cultures, languages, and customs. The baby born in a stable and laid in a manger brought redemption to all mankind. No wonder people everywhere make their physical representations of the event.

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4 Comments »

  1. Jo’s mom! Where oh where did you get that quilting nativity set?

    Comment by Jory — December 4, 2007 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

  2. Jo’s friend Jory! or jfj for short, it was purchased at a Hallmark store in Logan. I just checked there today and they are still selling it this year. It comes in two sizes, big and little.

    Comment by Kathy — December 6, 2007 @ 1:27 am | Reply

  3. Ohhh, vielen dank! I just found me the best present for my aunt — who is a hardcore quilter!

    Comment by Jory — December 7, 2007 @ 2:49 am | Reply

  4. Jory, can I be your aunt too?

    Comment by kathy — December 7, 2007 @ 5:00 pm | Reply


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