The Christmas Creche
Trust me... I still could be shopping. I still could be wrapping. I still could be in
the kitchen creating another dish needed for the "Who" feast on Christmas day.
But I have to share something with you. As the hours draw near to the
dawn of Christmas day, I am feeling a stillness.. a calmness ... come over
me. A peacefulness. And don't you think that this is the reason? That the
real reason for the season is all said right here in this photo? I am feeling
This creche was bought years ago when we lived in Geneva, Switzerland.
Actually, it was pieced together as the carved figures were purchased in
Grindenwald, a charming village nestled at the base of the mountain range.
There were so many variations to choose from but as simple is my style, these
hand carved figures rang true to my vision. We couldn't afford to purchase the
whole set ... too pricey even then! So we left the store with Mary, Joseph, baby
Jesus, the Wise Men and camel.
Three Wise Men and Camel
Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus
And the barn? It came from Migros.. a grocery store that offered a sundry of
items on the basement level. It was perfect and very Swiss! Plain, unpainted,
unstained... a beautiful barn complete with ladder leading up to a loft..
swinging barn doors enclosing one side while on the other was a sliding rail
fence to contain the animals. A child's plaything but I saw so much more! I
lifted it into the grocery cart and there it sat along with the bread, yogurt,
cheese, chocolate and fresh vegetables!
the animals were also bought at the grocery store!
For years, I left it in the condition I purchased it in. But last year I knew it was
time for a change. I painted it a creamy white, distressed it, and added an
antiquing glaze. I embellished with moss, and glued sheets of grass/straw on
the roof. Stepping back, I had now taken it to a whole new level and I was
Last year, while visiting a local antique mall at Christmastime, hoping to spy
some new bauble to add to holiday decorations or some vintage lace to add
to my stash, my eyes lighted on these .......
plaster of paris creche figures! All chippy and so amazingly beautiful..
painted in vintage colors that no one could ever duplicate. The mystery
behind how all this came together is that I initially spotted the donkey. Oh!
he was adorable.. and the grey color was perfect! Next to him was the angel.
Ok... I clutched them in my hand but how would they make sense? Ah-ha!
The next booth had two sheep... no other pieces, just the sheep. Hmmmm..
As I clutched all three in my hand, never giving a second thought about
putting them down, my mind got to thinking... no wishing... for baby Jesus.
Wouldn't that make the perfect story??! I knew it would be like finding a
needle in a haystack to be so fortunate to complete this scene. But I kid you
not ... there is no embellishing as I tell you this... in the NEXT booth there
He was lying in a cardboard manger. So explain this to me. How is that last
year I found these few pieces, that captured my heart, in such close proximity
to each other... requiring little effort to gather them together? And even more
mysterious, I can't find a single one this year! I think I see you all reading
this with a bit of a smile on your face. I think you and I know when God can
touch us just when we need to feel His hand.
So, with that, I wish you all a blessed and merry Christmas! Enjoy this time
with family and friends and rejoice in the reason for the season!!!