I have a beautiful nativity set.
The manger actually belonged to my grandparents; I believe my uncle made it for them. When I got it, it was in a bit of distress, but a little hammering, plenty of polish, and a lot of love made it as beautiful as ever.
When I moved out of my parents’ house I started collecting figures for my nativity set. Over the years I’ve amassed quite a collection of figures to visit Baby Jesus and his family. Not only do I have the three Wisemen and a handful of shepherds, but my collection also includes a drummer boy, a grandmother, several children, baby angels playing instruments, and many, many more. I couldn’t even tell you how many figures I have.
I really can’t.
Not only because there are so many, but because I haven’t actually seen my nativity set for several years.
My daughter is a climber. And my son is really starting to live like a two year old. In order to preserve my nativity set, I have chosen to keep it in storage until the kids are a little older. I’m pretty sure if I had it displayed in the kitchen, where it used to go, I would come out of the shower one day and find Baby Jesus missing. I would probably find him laying next to one of the Fisher Price dollhouse babies. The camels would also probably be M.I.A., along with all the baby angels.
I miss my nativity set, but we do have an alternate one, and thanks to Fisher Price, it is definitely kid-friendly.
My son loves to ask me to “do the story” for him – I tell the story of Jesus’ birth, from Mary riding the donkey and having no room at the inn, to the Wisemen bringing gifts.
I guess my son figured he should give Baby Jesus a gift too, so he treated him to a ride on one of his trucks. Hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?
What about your house? Do you put up a nativity set each year?
Written in response to Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop prompt.