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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Decorating For Christmas

We did our decorating over the weekend.  **Note.  I am not a fan of decorating.**  I'm sure that you thought that I would be...since I'm kind of a crafty and such.  But no.

Anywho, we put up the tree.

That really wore Bikey out...
I had a very LOOOOOOONNNNNNGGGGG talk with the children - Q in particular - about not touching my nativity set.  I haven't had it out in years - first the girls were too little and then Q was too little....big sigh...for as much as I hate decorating, I love this nativity.  LOVE.  Like, it makes my heart sing, kind of love.  And I find myself walking through the foyer instead of the kitchen just so that I can look at it some more.

When I was a mere babe and foolishly decided to get married (and divorced) while in college (undergrad), my dear wonderful Aunt Judy MADE this nativity set for me as a shower gift.  While I was completely blown away by it, being that I was young and foolish, I don't think that I ever expressed my proper gratitude to her.  The time that this must have taken her.  Sheesh.  I can't even begin to imagine.  She poured the molds, fired them in the kiln, painted each piece by hand...amazing.

You want to see it, don't you?  Good.  Because I want to show it to you.  (Don't mind the table.)

Here's the whole crowd....

Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus.  Joseph looks kind of shifty, doesn't he?  Like he might be looking for a way out of this deal?  Just askin.

Here's the shepherds and the animals...

And here are our friends, the Three Wise Men.  They are my favorite.  She bejeweled them...even the camels (who are oh so cute).  Again, the time and attention to detail...blows me away.

So, say an extra prayer that Q resists the urge to touch any of them.  {We're a few days in and so far so good.}

After all the decorating, we watched White Christmas.  This is the first year that the girls REALLY loved it...and that makes me REALLY happy!

ps - Have you shopped the Belle Chic sale????  There's still time!  Go.  Shop.  And may the force be with you.

1 comment:

sharonp said...

Beautiful! I gave them their own fisher price nativity. Maybe that would help? Casey talked about White Christmas -well mostly the dancing and we sang 'Snow'.