Christmas Memories

christmas-nativity-sceneWhen I was a child, the nativity set was the first box we brought up from the basement, long before the Christmas tree was selected and presents were wrapped.
          Mother cleared the lower of four shelves  built into the diningroom wall. Ever so carefully, I unwrapped each figure. I arranged the shepherds and their sheep at one end and the wise men astride their camels at the other end. The centerpiece, Mary and Joseph and the baby, was carved from a piece of marble so I could not move those figures. Every day I would rearrange the shepherds and inch the wisemen closer to Bethlehem’s stable. And I moved the two angels to different locations in the tableau.
          Today that mismatched nativity set occupies my fireplace mantle. The mismatched figures have a few more chips and cracks but they remind me of fond Christmases past. And they still tell the same story.

Published in: on December 23, 2013 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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