About a year and a half ago, after we cleaned mom’s house, I reclaimed my nativity mentioned here and learned that it was just too large for my small house and my less-than-tidy family. Last year was the only year I put it up.
My family had sent me a wooden nativity the first Christmas I was on my mission. The nativity consisted of five pieces: Mary, Joseph, two lambs and the baby Jesus. My brother Patrick had painted each of the figures.
Two years after I had returned from my mission, I had purchased a bunch of Christmas items that went on clearance following the holidays. One of the items I purchased was a three-piece wooden set with painted camel, the three wisemen and a shepherd. I added those to my existing nativity. That is what I used for several years after Roland and I were married.
My mom had given me a small nativity sometime before we had moved to West Valley. It was smaller than my wooden set, and often I displayed both sets. I hope that they are still in the shed, but it dawned on me that since I haven’t run across either, that they may have been in the same box with my dip n drape nativity – never to be seen again. Except for a wooden lamb that somehow drifted from the rest of the set, and a small Mary from the other.
Randy said he wished I had given him the nativity – which is odd, because of all my children, I figure that he really wouldn’t want it. Thus I thought I would give him one of the missing nativities, should I have come across them. But alas, it is still not discovered.
Last year Roland purchased another nativity set and put Biff in charge of picking out the figures. I have Mary, Joseph, three wisemen, a donkey, a lamb, a camel, an angel and surely you’ve heard of the Christmas rooster – which by the way is almost the same size as the sheep. And so this year I added Ooki’s elephant to the set. The rooster actually looks more out of place than the elephant does.
Well, somebody has decided to give each of our activity girls a nativity set – one piece at a time. Jenna received Mary on the 16th I believe. I noticed one of her friends had taken a picture of her Mary and posted that someone had left it along with the scripture. The scripture that came with the first nativity figure was Luke 1:26-31.
The following day Jenna received Joseph who came with a verse from the children’s songbook. The third day was a donkey. The forth day was the Stable. The fifth day was a cow. And the next three days were wisemen.
Jenna had diligently taken pictures. The last she took was of the cow. She had borrowed my LG cell phone – which I had to replace as it cut the conversation. I still use it as a directory and had told Jenna that she could borrow it to take to school for a brilliant idea she had wanted to make as a gift for her teachers. Unfortunately it did not work out. I had forgotten I would need a chip to transfer pictures, but did not have a chip on hand nor do I want to invest in another after losing two chips already.
Unlike the nativity that I received last year, Jenna’s includes a shepherd – which came next and was followed by a sheep. We’ll have to see what the next two days bring. I imagine that Christmas Eve will come with the Christ Child. Pics will come – eventually.