I never intended to collect nativity scenes. I would really like one out of olive wood, but I'm afraid I'd have to buy it one piece at a time in order to afford it.
What we do have is a strange bunch of very different sets that have been acquired in meaningful places or handed down to us from others. The two that I bought are the little wooden one and the pyramid that I bought in Germany. It's nothing fancy, but it reminds me of my Christmases spent there. Those Germans know how to celebrate the advent. The Christmas markets were so much fun and everybody seems so happy during that time. The plaque type one was given to us for Christmas one year and the shiny ones were my Grandmas. I noticed as I put them out that my aunts initials are on the bottom, so I should find out if she wants them. We also have a set that I let the kids play with, and boy they have. It's been fun to listen to their play and their version of the story. I thought that having their own would keep them from playing with the others, but it didn't. The pyramid is now up high and the shiny ones are all lined up dangerously on the dressers edge. I found Joseph down the hall. I remember wanting to play with my mom's set and sometimes she would let me.
I love how magic this time of year is for children, and not just because of presents. They seem to sense that there is something different and special about it. We talked a lot at church today about Christmas being the birthday for Jesus. I was impressed by the children and their knowledge of the reason for our celebrations.
Twenty days left to complete my projects! I'd better get organized, and quick!
Happy second advent!