Each year, certain items remain a part of my core Christmas décor and the merriment of my heart.
Some of those items I have put out for more years than the others. For instance, my friend Linda gave me the book Christmas Blessings, by Helen Steiner Rice, over 10 years ago (the sweetest collection of rhyming poetry ever). Whereas the plaid bear I only purchased a couple of years ago at the Oasis Senior Center Gift Shop (I just fell in love with his little plaid self and blue button eyes).
When I traveled to Israel for the first time back in 1998, I knew one souvenir purchase I was going to make for sure and that was a hand-carved, Olive Wood Nativity. As you can see, I was victorious!
Consequently, since that time, there have been some casualties, key players have been broken and gone missing–like Baby Jesus (what?!?! Yes, I know, it’s horrible.) I confessed it publicly, right away actually, on Facebook, sharing how I had dropped Him and His arm broke off (I know–how could the story get any worse, but I repented, and I’m forgiven, so don’t hold it against me.) 🙂
Then, (and I won’t name any names), but a very kind, creative, and generous soul said she would fix Him for me, but she lost Baby Jesus in her garage, and He has yet to resurface (it’s been two years).
So…because Jesus is “the Light of the world”, (John 8:12) a candle now burns in front of the manger as a memorial to the Baby born King, the Living God (Yes, He’s alive, and all-powerful and all-knowing and all-present, just missing from my manger scene. So don’t hold this against Him.) 🙂
Ok, well, that’s probably all you can handle about my core Christmas décor at this time.
How about, by way of encouragement, I leave you with a heart warming sentiment from Helen Steiner Rice entitled, “The Presence of Jesus.”
In all seriousness, her writings about Christmas, and the celebration of Jesus’ birth are the merriment of my heart and I pray yours too. Enjoy.
“Jesus came into the world
one glorious Christmas Eve.
He came to live right here on earth
to help us to believe.
For God up in His heaven
Knew His children all would feel
That if Jesus lived among them
they would know that He was real
And not a far-off stranger
who dwelt up in the sky
And knew neither joys nor sorrow
that make us laugh and cry.
And so He walked among us
and taught us how to love
And promised us that someday we
would dwell with Him above.
And while we cannot see Him
as they did, face to face,
We know that He is everywhere,
not in some far-off place.”