Setting up a Nativity has always been a huge part of my Christmas, and this is the tale of my three Nativities.
This looks like the one I grew up with. Setting up the tree was the most important part of Christmas decorating, but the nativity was a close second. My parents made sure we took turns, but my brother and I usually squabbled over Baby Jesus. When I was 13, my little sister came along. She was lucky...she got all the turns.
This is the Nativity my kids grew up with. It wasn’t Christmas till we set up the tree, and the Nativity. I have a new one, but this is the one my kids prefer. I guess, with Nativities, older is better!
This is my newest Nativity, and probably my last. I’ve been searching for a grown-up version for years. I found this one, this year. I was looking at another one, but this one said, “I’m the one.” So, it came home, and sits in my kitchen window. Every time I look at it, I’m happy.
Happy December! This is my parent’s Christmas tree. Growing up, it always looked pretty much like this. But, you can’t see why it’s so special. I have to tell you…
The tree and one ornament spoke! The tree’s voice was low and grumpy. He was always mad about something. Either he needed a drink, or Santa was being too nice to us kids. Mean old tree! Santa’s voice was high and squeaky. I loved Santa! He told us not to listen, especially when the tree told us, repeatedly, we were getting only coal for Christmas. (We never did!) Looking back, Santa and that tree were the best part of Christmas. They spoke loud and proud as long as I believed.
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Here’s this year’s tree, all lit up. I love it! Mostly because of the ornaments. All my favorites are here, the ones my kids made at school, the ones my schoolkids gave me, and the ones I picked out. I used to buy a new ornament every year. Not any more, there’s no room! Now I look at my tree and see memories. If you look closely, you’ll see my Santa. He was one of the first ones I bought. Unfortunately, neither this tree or Santa talk, but I have great memories of the ones that did. And best of all, our family presents are already waiting for Christmas morning under the tree. Merry Christmas!
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When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!