Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Most Important Part of Christmas

There is so much fun when it comes to Christmas - all the activities, decorations, music, food - the list goes on and on.

But it's alway important to remember what Christmas is all about.
Our simple (and small) nativity set must always have a special place.

Well we did a bit of rearranging this past summer so we needed to find a new spot.
We're using the dresser turned sofa table so you see it right as you walk in the front door.
Then I got to thinking about my grandparets' little toy barn I got from my mom during the Great Downsizing and thought it would make a sweet little livery.
I added a sweet vintage postcard. 
(Yes, the stand is waaaay too big, but it's what I had on hand.  They have very inexpensive ones at Wal-Mart so I'll pick up one soon.)
Worker Bee's childhood bible is open to the Gospel of St. Luke.
(That poor bible has seen better days.  You'd think it was at least 100 years old, but it's only about 40 years old.)

My favorite part----Mary in the stable with a lone little sheep and the angel above.
Please don't ask about Joseph - somehow we lost him - but he's there in spirit.

I wasn't going to use the angel this year, but Baby Bee said, "You can't leave her out!" 
The roof of the barn is NOT flat and every time I balanced her one there, she would fall.
I asked Worker Bee what he thought I could do and he said, "It's too bad you don't have some of that earthquake wax."

And, lo and behold, I DID have some.  I think I've had that stuff from the time Worker Bee and I were married (21 years ago) and I've never ever used it.......until now.
This is so old, the packaging probably doesn't look like this anymore.
You can see, it works fabulously.  Now my fingers are crossed that it comes off cleanly when it's time to put all the Christmas away.
Hang on little angel, hang on!

Where do you set your nativity?

What else do you display with it?

Christmas blessings,


  1. Cute. We set ours inside our advent wreath.

  2. Love your decor. I have 4. My Belleek stays on the living room mantle year round. There is one on the mantle in the den/office year round. The 3rd one moves around all year round. My favorite one sits in my kitchen window all year round.

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  3. Its a wonderful Nativity....and the cute barn made a great stable. My Nativity is sitting in a little prim cupboard which is on top of my desk top. I am going to add my little collection of sheep around about it. Blessings on your week....

  4. That is so sweet! We put our Nativity scene in the living room on an old buffet that belonged to Mr LC's aunt.

  5. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit and for your sweet comment!
    Happy Holidays:)

  6. I agree, we need to remember the real reason for the season! I have 4 or 5 nativity sets on display in the living room, dining room and family room. And several tiny ones hanging on the tree too. They were selling some olivewood creche decorations at church today, so I picked up a new one this morning. I just love them!
    I have used a similar sticky wax on some of the tippy decor here at my house too. I didn't know it was called earthquake wax, but that's a great name :-)

  7. That is so sweet. I hope the angel hangs on for you.

  8. How very sweet sweet! I love your darling little Nativity and the olden barn is a perfect place for Mary, Baby Jesus and the lamp. Poor Joseph. Glad you found a way to keep the angel steady as she watches over all! I have quite a few Nativities and display most of them in my living room. This was a precious post.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. I would NEVER have thought to use a little vintage barn for the SWEET is that? I'm going to be on the lookout now for one for myownself... :-) What a darling little nativity. I have three up... well, one is a flat, sparkly one... and, of course... that precious little one from my boy. I am over the moon about it. It will be packed safely away and used every single year. I love how the little camel has his legs folded in so he can lie down... and that little Baby Jesus just makes me smile.

    Warm Christmas hugs to you and yours Sweet Bee...


  10. Oh I love that! But I think my favorite part is the open Bible--in all the nativities I've seen, I've never seen one with the story right there for you :)

  11. You know what they say: Bibles that are falling apart are usually owned by people who are not. :-D

  12. Love that you used the old barn. I'm sure it has some good memories.
    Next time try glue dots. You can find in the scrapbooking supplies. Works great and won't leave a mark.

  13. Your nativity is adorable! Maybe Joseph will magically return.
    I place my nativity at the front door where everyone sees it when they walk in :)

  14. Good morning! Thank you for coming by and introducing yourself to me at my blog Simplify. You say you are 200 miles North of me? Whereabouts? Love your home. I will be back!

  15. I love seeing a Nativity in homes. We always put ours up early, but the baby Jesus doesn't come until Christmas.

    You just reminded me of the wax - I bought some too!

    Enjoy the season!


  16. Sweet and family style! :) Our's goes right up front on the side board in the living room. It just isn't Christmas with out the Nativity!


  17. I have our nativity set up in the foyer so that it's the first thing you see when you enter our home:)


  18. Love the vintage tin toy barn. It makes a cute addition to the nativity scene.

  19. This is so beautiful and sweet and yes it the reason for the season.


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