A big part of our Christmas decorations is the Nativity Set
As much as I liked the tree when I was a child,
I think I was most fond of the Nativity Set.
I think, perhaps, because Grandma let me play with it!
Ours is hers
And is in our dining room
As was hers
Away In the Manger . . .
Mary and Joseph and an Angel
Watch over Baby Jesus
When I got the set, there was no stable
And there was no Mary
(time has a way of making things disappear)
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks . . .
There was but one shepherd, the dog and a sheep
(It was fun adding more shepherds and sheep -
for it doesn't say "The Shepherd" it says "Shepherds"!)
We Three Kings of Orient Are . . .
Two of the kings were missing
And there was only one camel
I found the other two wise men
(and I know the one that was Grandmother's -- it's the one with a chip on it's nose --
I told you I liked to play with it)
I also felt that each wise man should have his own mode of transportation
And so I added two more camels.
They are laying down camels
While Grandma's stood up.
She got the set, I am sure, in the 50s
Perhaps it was Aunt Pearl who bought it
But every Christmas it was put out
And I was fascinated by it.
I'm sure that it was bought at the dime store
Several of the pieces are marked 29
I think the original set was 11 pieces plus the stable
It probably cost just over $4.00 brand new
Which wasn't all that expensive but wasn't cheap either!
The First Noel . . .
Grandmother's Nativity Set (plus)
I have a picture of the set at her house
Back in the 50s
(It may have been new which was why Aunt Pearl took a picture)
When we were first married,
I bought a German nativity set
Old, not antique but old
for it was pre World War II
(which would mean to me the 20s or early 30s)
I really liked the set but as we like one Christmas tree,
I like one nativity set,
so I just keep it stored
Last year, I gave it to Daughter Sarah
for it is the set she grew up with
(and she is the reason that the camel has a broken leg!)
A Nativity set has always been part of Christmas
And there has always been a Nativity set at Linderhof
since our first Christmas in 1988.