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A relaxing Sunday

November 26th, 2017 at 01:44 pm

It's a lovely warm Sunday here in Central Illinois. It is almost 55 degrees and sunny. Amazing for the end of November.

After church we came home and had brunch. We cleaned up and DH went to nap and I worked on the church's Facebook page, paid bills, and then reconciled the checkbook.

A local church advertised that they were going to show a large collection of Nativity scenes. Nativity scenes have always had a place in my heart. When I was a little girl, a neighbor had one and I was just amazed by it. My parents bought me one for Christmas when I was eight. I still own it and I still put it out. That was 49 years ago. Yikes, I'm old! Smile Anyway, we toured the display and there were all kinds of them in all different styles. I didn't know Fisher Price came out with one.

The church had it well planned with tables set up and arrows to show you and each one had a card telling who owned it and any history that was known. Funny thing, I have never seen one like the one I own. Some of the ones we saw today were as old if not older. So, maybe mine is unique. After the tour, they had a table with home made cookies and punch and a grand piano with an excellent pianist. All in all, it was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon and best of all, it was free.

I noticed that most of the people coming through were in their 60s and 70s. I commented to DH. I said I guess it is the older folks who realize what a lovely way to spend an afternoon and one doesn't have to spend money to do it.

Now that I have viewed them, I'm ready to get mine out. Other than the gas to drive to the church and back home, it was a reasonably priced way to spend the afternoon and makes me appreciate what I have even more.

9 Responses to “A relaxing Sunday”

  1. laura Says:


    That is such a lovely outing. I love my Nativities (we have several: one is a set of porcelain from Spain - Lladro; another is a set that the kids love and is by Fonatini). My family tradition includes using straw that my great-grandmother brought from her family home in Hungary when she came to this country in 1920. Every year it comes out and then goes back into a baggie. I have also stitched a 5 x 7 Nativity and we have a snow globe that one child got as a gift from their teacher.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I like that outing! I have a puzzle nativity that I should post. My mom bought it at a craft fair at the elementary school I attended. Mine is likely at least 30 years old.

  3. NJDebbie Says:

    I have three nativity sets and a tiny one in an ornament. The tiny one is my favorite but if you see the knitted one you'd probably fall in love with it.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Maybe we should take photos of our Nativities and post them so we can admire each other's...have our own show.

    NJDebbie -- we saw two crocheted Nativities, but not a knitting one. Cool!

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I love nativities. I only have two because of clutter, a traditional one and one in a giant snow globe. I especially like going to see the live nativities the week before Christmas. Do you have any of those where you live?

  6. rob62521 Says:

    LuckyRobin, there used to be a church which did one, but I don't think they do it any longer. I'm sure like most places, volunteers are harder and harder to come by.

  7. My English Castle Says:

    Years ago I bought one in Vienna, and it's one of my favorite memories. It's a carved wooden set--and the lady who sold it to me was ancient. I just bought the pieces I wanted, and we puzzled through together the names for the animals, kings, and "die heilgie Familie." I love it still.

  8. PatientSaver Says:

    My grandmother always put out a nativity scene around this time of year, and I was fascinated by it. When my grandmother died, my sister volunteered to empty out her condo with her boyfriend and his truck and said my mother and I could go through it later to take whatever we wanted.

    I did not get around to doing this for some time, I admit, but I trusted my sister to keep her word. When I finally got around to saying I wanted to come over and look through it, she curtly informed me she had gotten rid of everything and there was nothing to look through. She could have given us some kind of warning to do it soon, but no, nothing. Yet another reason I don't talk to my sister.

  9. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    My church does a drive thru living nativity. I'm helping get everyone costumed. Smile

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