“Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.”
Lisa WeedYesterday was a busy day. Madison and Jack had some errands to do and even though their car was driveable, I wanted them to be safe, until they got the official word from the insurance company, so I drove. The windows don’t close and the door is strapped closed with a dog leash, but driveable. It was a nice day, just the three of us. It was their days off and we went to lunch at Valley Dairy (yum!), on to the Zebra Stand and then to TJ Maxx. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to any of these places. Of course I found some things. Mostly fiber related. Then they dropped me at home and I gave them my car for the rest of their errands. I think they get a rental car today. I headed to hoop in Jay’s car and boy did it feel good to hoop again after not having it on Thanksgiving. Seemed like forever.
Today, I’m going to show you our Nativity set and Advent calendar. Jay reminded me that I could start it today since it’s December 1st. Here’s our calendar. I got it from a catalog when Jack was just a baby and it’s one of the first things that comes out this time of year. I think it will be a good day to put up outdoor lights? The sun is shining and it may warm up. I hope.
Another staple in our family is this. This Nativity set I think, dates back to the late 40s or early 50s. The figurines are chalk ware and the stable itself is cardboard. It’s a bit worse for the wear. The stable is a little bent and torn in a few places and the figurines have some dents and dings despite being wrapped lovingly in tissue paper for storage and later bubble wrap. I can’t bring myself to replace it. We were allowed to touch it and move it around and it was never off limits. When it became a part of my family now, we treated it the same way and Jack could touch it and play with it. It was special, but not untouchable. It was part of our family. Growing up, it was placed under our Christmas tree with my Dad’s train set running around the bottom, because, you know, they had that in Bethlehem. 😉 Our tree was right in our living room where everything happened so the Holy Family and their entourage were part of our every day lives at Christmastime. Over the years, we’ve added a few characters, but I’ll introduce you to the main cast.
I had an adult friend (here in Jtown) who looked at this set and said it was the scariest thing she’d ever seen. We aren’t friends anymore. Thank goodness. I look at this set as the most beautiful interpretation of God’s love for my family. My mother wanted it to be special and she left her imprint on it. Every time I look at it, I think of her love and how she must have enjoyed using what she had to make what she needed. She’s been gone more than 20 years and would get a kick out of the fact that it’s still going strong. Let’s start with the Angel. Yes, those are real feathers. My dad loved birds so we always had a parakeet. He wanted a parrot, but the parakeet repeated all of the prayers (just joking about them being prayers 🤫) he said-my Dad had a habit of saying “Je-sis Key Riste” yes, that’s the way he pronounced it) and “goddammit”, and Tweety, the bird picked it up and repeated it. Tweety was always molting and my Mom couldn’t let those feathers go to waste, so they became Angel wings. She repainted the Angel’s face and added glitter and a touch of velvet and to me, became the most beautiful Angel that I’d ever imagined.
We’ve introduced a few things over the years from Jay’s family too, like these little cherubs who stand guard over the Holy Family. What traditions do you have, or special decorations that mean something that only you and your family can see and understand the meaning? I’m sure you have one or two and I would love to hear about them.
The gangs all out enjoying the sun today. I’ll be out soon to join them. Lots to do today.
Tomorrow I’ll introduce you to another character in our Nativity set, and a special addition to our family decorations in honor of our sweet Madison. It’s a Godwink for sure.
In the meantime, do something you’ve never done before. Find your passion and explore it. Every single day is a gift. I’m off to tend my passion.