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Thursday, December 11, 2008

O Holy Night

As I've mentioned before, one of the things I get the biggest kick out of with blogging, is watching the little map on the right side of my blog light up. I am amazed that someone on every single continent with the exception of Antarctica has viewed my blog. I find it even cooler to see all the countries represented when I click on the map. So, it occurred to me the other day, as I was pulling out my 1,457th Christmas decoration, that all those Chinese people who make so many of my newer Christmas decorations and ornaments most likely do not even get to celebrate Christmas, or even know why we do, and I felt a little twinge of sadness that they labor making such beautiful things, but don't even get to celebrate. So, if any of you are looking at my blog today, I hope you will be able to translate it into English. (I'm not smart enough to do that for you!)
Our Christmas, in the U.S., is the celebration of the birth of Christ, many, many years ago. Christians believe in the Bible and it says....

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:10, 11

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called wonderful...The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

That's why many of us display nativity scenes in our home. Here are a few of mine. If you should have any questions about our traditions, feel free to go to my profile, and send me an e-mail, and I will try to answer them.

This one use to go on my mantel, but since we have one of those tv holes above the fireplace, so we can no longer put it there. It's now in the dining room, and the table is placed so it's hard for me to get a good photo, but here it is...(click on it to enlarge)


As I mentioned previously, I never knew my grandmothers because they died before I was born (not a good sign for me, is it?), but this was given to me by a friend that was like a grandmother to me, a few years before she died. (It's pouring rain here today, so sorry for the shadows!)

This water globe is one of the 1st decorations I bought when we first got married (in Smithfield, Lynette :O) ).

And an ornament....

Now, if you get the chance, please go over to my Australian friend, David McMahon's blog, and take a look at this story http://david-mcmahon.blogspot.com/2008/12/christmas-angels-in-sky.html. It will link you to a touching story he did about Christmas, but this tells the background 1st. If you haven't already, please feel free to sign my guestbook below!


AND REMEMBER............................

27 comments:

ann said...

WHAT LOVELY DECORATIONS YOU HAVE.AND I LOVE-----THAT SIGN.HAHA...ANN

ann said...

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BACK UP YOUR BLOG?ALL I CAN TELL YOU IS TO CONTACT AN OLDIE BUT GOODIE,LIKE NIKKI AT BLAH,BLAH,BLAH.I AM SOOOOO NEW.I CAN BARELY GET GY.I STILL KEEP ERASING MY STUFF.BUT I'M A LEARNIN.HA///ANN

Not Your Average Belle said...

Hahaha! The sign is perfect!

Lynette said...

Been missing you - we were wondering where you've been - glad you're back!! Loved your nativity scenes and your stories to go along with them (and the little shout out to the JoCo Girl!!!)
Have a good one ~

Darlene said...

I LOVE your nativity scenes....just BEAUTIFUL!!

Kristen said...

I love nativity scenes and yours is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your friends blog, he had a very touching story.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Just so.. pretty!! And I love that sign!!

squawmama said...

Hey Tar... What a beautiful Nativity.... I love all your decorations... and as far as that sign it is a must have for me... where did you get it???? I will bop right over to your friends blog and check it out... Have a great day... Love ya

(((HUGS)))
Donna

An Atlanta Bride said...

My mother loves navitity scenes. I grew up seeing one in the house every Christmas :)

tam said...

I love your nativity scenes-the big one is amazing-very pretty! I am going to check out your bloggy buddy's blog too-thanks for the link. That sign is a good one!
~Tam :D

mbkatc230 said...

What a great post, it's amazing to think of all those people making ornaments for us who have no idea what they represent. Your nativity scene is beautiful. Thanks for this. Kathy

Melissa Miller said...

Soooo pretty! :)

Bo said...

Awww, precious Tar...these were meaningful memories you shared and I love them! ♥ Bo

laurie said...

Your nativity sets and ornaments are so pretty. And, I'm so glad I'll never have to worry about being dull (I need that sign)! laurie

nikkicrumpet said...

Pretty things you have. And if that sign is right...then I am one EXCITING chick!!!!

Happy To Be said...

Hey Mama I glad I'm not a Dull woman..anything but..great post today..loved it all...hugs and smiles Gloria

Gail and the Kramer Angle said...

LOVE THE SIGN! And so timely too! I'm decorating for our annual Christmas party and I have stuff everywhere!

I'm heading to the Australian blog to check it out now...

Thanks for the great post!

Gail

Miss Janice said...

Love you nativity scene!

An Atlanta Bride said...

You are so sweet to leave me a comment on my blog with the link to a navitity collector. I will be sure to pass it onto my mom :) Thank you!!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Lovely nativity...love the sign. A thoughtful post! :-) Susan

profenretraite said...

Your nativity scene is just gorgeous! And I love all of your other decorations, especially the snow globe...beautiful!...Debbie

Rebel said...

Love your nativity scenes. Good post. I like the bible verses you chose. Sometimes we do get caught up in all the preparation and miss the true meaning. Great sign. I need one of those.

Carrie said...

Beautiful post. I enjoyed viewing your nativity scenes. Thanks for entering the giveaway at Carola Nativity Gallery blog.
Carrie

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is such a lovely post!

I love your Nativity sets. They are all beautiful!

Kristen said...

Thanks for sharing the story about the Kelly family. This just breaks my heart

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a sweet thoughtful post! Love your nativity set.

I certainly ain't dull!! I've got a gazillion dust bunnies to prove it.

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Julie said...

Nice post :)