It seems like I've been posting all Christmas decorations, recipes, and crafts since before Thanksgiving, and in all that time, I've never mentioned the Reason for the Season! I'm not all about the gifts and the food, but I haven't made that clear to my blogging friends.
My vintage item this week is my nativity set. My mother bought this for herself in the late 1950s. I love it because I haven't seen some of the elements in other nativities. It has a great feather tree and the angels are made of a tulle wrapped around wire. The shepherd is attached to his camel with a reign made of hemp, and there is a woman honoring baby Jesus who is not Mary. I've only ever seen shepherds and kings, so I think she's a neat element. The set is in pristine condition except for a small chip in the baby's manger.
Although they are not vintage, these two really nice picture books also celebrate the true reason for the Christmas season. I like to give these as gifts for christenings, births, Christmas, and other important religious occasions. The first is The Christmas Star by Marcus Pfister, who is best known for writing The Rainbow Fish.Children love these books because of the Mylar elements in the illustrations, which looks wonderful as the stars in this story.The story follows the star as it flies through the skies, being seen by shepherds and kings on its way to Bethlehem, where it shines over the barn.
The Tale of Three Trees is written by Angela Elwell Hunt and illustrated by Tim Jonke. This Appalachian folktale is about three trees who want to grow tall and be chosen for something great. When woodcutters are looking for trees, they are never chosen because they aren't tall enough.One day all three are finally selected and cut down. They are cut into planks and sold to various carpenters. Each tree is made into an important wooden element in the life of Jesus. I'm not going to tell you what they all are, but here's a hint of one.If you would like to add The Tale of Three Trees to your personal library, leave a comment on this post about one way your family tries to keep Christ in Christmas. A winner will be selected by random.org and announced Monday, December 15 at noon, Eastern time.
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