I collect pieces of them, whole sets - I especially love the cardboard ones with chalkware figures.
They are placed in the built-in bookcases on either side of the living room fireplace.
These figures were part of Chuck's family.
Here is a tour of the rest.
Just a few words.
Just some gentle thoughts.
I saved this one from the trash. It is the oldest. It was my cousin's grandmother's when she was young.
Angels and lambs watch over Him.
On the right side I have a collection of six - some came complete, some are a hodge-podge of pieces I have found.
So not one was slighted, I have provided photos of each below.
(Someone let their children paint on these and sign them on the bottom.)
Chuck's mother's nativity scene was passed on to us after her death.
The most special one of all. My nativity scene from when I was very young. Cardboard and straw stable, plastic figures, and chalkware animals. The camels still have their ten cents prices marked on their bottoms. It has always been placed right inside the door to greet guests. The figures are always placed in the same positions.
I just noticed I have misplaced the star for the top of the stable. I hope it is in the box!
The question is: does your Baby Jesus appear on Christmas Eve or does He stay in the manger the whole season? In our house we always placed Him in there when we took out the creche. Friends never put Him in the manger until the correct time. I actually don't think He minds either way. Just as long as we remember what is being celebrated!