I finally, finally got the white tree put up as well as my manger scene. The white tree always makes me smile. It's really beautiful. I don't think it shows up very well in the photo and I still need to make a star for the top. I usually have an angel I put up there, but she decided to take a trip to Bermuda with Mrs. Claus so I'm going to work on plan B.
I also managed to get the manger scene all arranged. I love putting up our nativity scene. It's a combination of three different
sets. One I made in a ceramics
class years ago. Remember ceramics? Does anyone do this anymore? Some
of it turned out well, others not so well. My sister
always said that the Mary I made
looked more like a hooker instead of the Virgin Mary. She was more of a Madonna-esque sort of Mary only she actually predates the singer Madonna. She's buried in the bottom of the box now. I use a much more suitable looking Mary.
This Mary does not have the 70's eyeliner that I put on her.
I also have lots of animals. I didn't put them all out. I have a fox, and a bear, and a skunk, and chickens, rabbits and 3 little mice thatI put up on top. The list of animals is quite extensive. A friend even gave me a manatee one year to add. It's kind of ridiculous, really. It became a Noah's Ark type of manger scene. I exhibited restraint this year. That is hard for me. Really, it is.
This is the side with lots of shepards. I always liked the shepards in the Christmas story. My favorite part of Christmas is Linus from Peanuts reading the Christmas story. I can hear his little voice reading the King James version:
|And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the|
watch over their flock by night.
|And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,|
and the glory of the Lord
shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.
|And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold,|
I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
|For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,|
which is Christ the Lord.
|And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe|
swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
|And suddenly there was with the angel|
a multitude of the heavenly host praising God,
|Glory to God in the highest,|
And that's how it should be. Peace to you and yours.