I look forward every year to putting up "my" manger with the emphasis on the MY!
You see about 15 years ago, I joined a ceramics class at a very low ebb of my life.
The weekly fellowship with those my age and several older ladies was life giving...
I made a deviled egg platter, an African Violet planter, a bank but what I most enjoyed
was making "My" manager....and it took months to make.
First you pour each mold, let it dry for a week or so, then clean each piece, paint, then fire.
I worked on all 19 pieces with joy and thrill and was very sad when I had it all completed.
I started with Mary, Joseph and the Baby and ended with the angel.
I used the same pretty soft shades of pink for Mary and the angel...guess they were kinda my favorites.
The wise men took a lot of effort because I painted each with different colors of clothing and then coordinated the camel bags. The camels are big so they took time to complete.
Another favorite was all of the animals...two sheep, a goat, one cow, a donkey (of course) and the three camels.
There are a three pieces that I have never been too sure about...a beggar and a young man/boy with a horn and a man looking off in the distance. Some years I use them and some not. I need to look in the scripture and see just who they are....any suggestions?
There is also a sweet little shepherd boy and I usually place his sheep in the manger and one beside him.
Sweet baby Jesus and his special parents...my manger on the mantel...in our den.
My close childhood friend's mother helped me pack each piece in a box lined with shredded news paper.
And here it is empty for a few months and all ready to be filled again...
Special time in my life.
Special time in the life of all.
What preparations are you making for the