It will come as no surprise to anyone when I say here that I love Christmas. I enjoy everything about it, the shopping, the baking, the decorating, and even writing out cards to people I haven’t seen – or sometimes even heard from – in years.
One of my most favorite things about the season is arranging and displaying my nativity scenes. I have one for every room in my house which is a total of nine. Last year I actually gave two of them away to my daughter who now lives in her own apartment. I still have enough that I can set up one in every room, this includes bathroom!
I put all the animals in the stable along with the shepherds and the angels. Mary and Joseph are set off to the side until Christmas Eve when they will make their appearance. Baby Jesus, all nine of them, are tucked away in a drawer in my breakfast nook cabinet until Christmas morning.
When my children were very young I would hide all the Baby Jesus’ much like I did eggs at Easter and have the children find them and place them in the manger before we opened gifts. And, just like the hard-boiled colored eggs of spring, there were a few times where one or two Jesus’ were hidden so well even I couldn’t remember where they were. Now I keep them snugged together so it’s easy for me to put them in their places. No more empty managers!
What decorations do you take the most joy in displaying? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to follow me here and on my Facebook page at Kimberly Kurth Gray – Author.