Here is my second "installment" of my favorite Christmas memories...to read yesterday's post about the Birthstone Ornament go here!
My brother and I both had a Nativity scene. When the time came to set up them up, I would find the perfect spot on the shelf. I would slowly unwrap each figurine, gently placing them to the side until they were all free from their storage cocoons. Then, I would place each piece in just the perfect place. I loved the fact that my Nativity had animals too, they were my favorite part! (I know, I should have like Baby Jesus the most, but hey, I was a kid who loved animals, can you blame me?) And the years my brother did not want to set his up was like an early Christmas present! You mean I get to set up TWO Nativity scenes? Score!
Even as I grew older, I still looked forward to setting up the Nativity scene each year. Every year the same excitement would wash over me and I would be like a kid again. My old Nativity scene is packed away in a box at my parents house. It makes it out every so often at Christmas, but I am not usually around when my parents decorate. The first few years, when I was no longer living with my parents and I had my own Christmas decorations, I often missed setting up the Nativity scene.
Then, after Hubby and I got married, his Pop and Nanny gave us the most beautiful Nativity scene as a Christmas gift. I was so excited to have a Nativity for my own house. Although this one will never take the place of my childhood Nativity, I still have the same excitement each year when I drag the Christmas decorations down from the attic. I slowly open the boxes for each figurine, unwrap them and place them in the perfect spot. I still feel like a kid when I set it all up and step back to admire the scene. Not to mention, this Nativity scene has animals too! As an adult, I now truly cherish the meaning of the Nativity scene and what it represents...but I have to admit that the animals are still one of my favorite parts!