Wednesday, December 14, 2016


I've had a tradition of setting up a Christmas stable scene since my kids were tiny, about forty five years now.  It has grown bit by bit until it now occupys my six-foot long breakfast bar and has become my Bethlehem village.

My granddaughter Sarah now sets it up yearly and knows where every piece belongs.  From left to right, the story goes.

First are the shepherds coming with their sheep to the stable and Angels announcing Christ's birth.  There in the stable are Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, some animals and the Wise Men.  These are all from my original collection.

The second view is of the townspeople.  You can see the food vendor with his wares, the town well with people coming for water and a group of singers celebrating.  These begin my Fontanini collection which adds new items yearly, each with a name and a story.  Sorry that I could not edit out my kitchen in the background.

The third area is the temple with a rabbi,studying his scrolls.  You can also see the Roman soldier reading from a scroll the edict about the census which brought Jospeh and Mary to Bethlehem to be counted as David's descendants.

The last scene is the Wise Men's camp where their laden camels are resting and a meal is being prepared for them.  A woman is bringing another dish to add to the feast for the honored guests.  This includes little old dishes set out on a rug and other food items.

I invite my friends and children to visit and enjoy the scene, which tells the true story of Christmas, the birth of God's Son sent from heaven to bring us to salvation.

God bless all of you dear friends during this holiday season.  This year Hannukah falls on Christmas as well.  May you all have health and happiness in abundance.

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  1. It's wonderful Paula, I haven't seen a Nativity that big before and it is lovely to see it. My Nativity is very small in comparison and more of an ornament type rather than individual pieces. Yours is beautiful, thank you for sharing.

  2. It is so special. I like that you have a tradition, continue to collect special pieces, and have it on the breakfast bar to look at all day. I saw many nativity scenes in Newport in the mansions, and know the people must have waltzed past them without pause. LeeAnna

  3. Hi, Paula! Your Nativity is wonderful! I really enjoyed looking at it. I have a special one that my dad made for me many years ago. I'll have to share it next week. Have a wonderful Thursday!

  4. you certainly have a wonderful scene here and it has taught all your children, gradchildren etc the real meaning of Christmas, it is a delight

  5. What a wonderful tradition to share with your granddaughter! Such an impressive display!!! Have a wonderful holiday!!!