Today's Wonder of the World is...the Nativity Scene!
Photo from jdmelaine.etsy.com
Like this one!
You can buy it at Etsy, here, but it's the same exact one my mom sewed for us when Sarah was born. It's made of fabric and all the pieces are stuffed with fluff, so Baby Jesus and the gang can be chewed on by little mouths or even fly across the room without a single worry! My kids played with the set for hours, and oh, if he could only talk, the stories that Baby Jesus could tell! Like his piggy back rides on the king's back, or the time the sheep got together and demanded their turn in the manger. Or the day he tiptoed away and went camping with Barbie and GI Joe.
(Don't worry. He could tell his birth story too.)
I've always admired the importance that the Jewish tradition places on all the hands-on stuff--the menorah, the dreidels (I love that song, even if I'm not Jewish,) the Seder meal--so full of meaning and tradition.
Handling the parts of a story (and sometimes even eating it) is such a great way to teach the story and remember it.
St. Francis of Assisi knew all about that. He's the one who introduced the whole idea of Nativity scenes back in 1223.
Nativity scenes can be beautiful. Plus, they're fun!
After Sam stopped swallowing Barbie shoes, we added a more detailed nativity scene to our home.
Try to set this out in your house and not play with it. It's irresistible.
Nativity scenes don't have to be full of little pieces to be meaningful. Here's one of my favorites.
So simple and tiny.
The Christmas after my sis-in- law Swanee joined the family, she gave me this Nativity set for Christmas.
Isn't it amazing? She made it in a ceramics class! Can you believe it?
She gave me a handmade 15 piece Nativity set, which she poured and sanded and glazed herself, and do you know what I gave her?
It's sad but true.
One last nativity scene to share...
I found it in a French antique/junque shop back in our French life. I LOVE the pure white of the set Swanee made me, and I also like the wild colors of this one.
And the faces! I'm not sure which piece is my favorite. Baby Jesus, who looks so comfy in that manger?
Or a shepherd...
Or a king...
Or this mystery man with the red hat.
Do you know who he's supposed to be? I've always thought he's another shepherd, but I could be wrong. That beautiful face always reminds me of a French translation of one of the beatitudes, Heureux les débonnaires, Blessed are the debonair.
I love that! I hope you're feeling pretty debonair yourself today!
Before you go, tell me, if you're celebrating Christmas, do you have a special nativity set that you treasure? Or have you ever been part of a live Nativity scene? I've never done that and I'd love to hear about it!
Have a wonder-full Friday and a super weekend, y'all!
PS. Since I can't seem to let go of yesterday's post on holiday weirdness, enjoy these singing cats!
PS again...Don't forget Angela's give-away!