I collect Nativity scenes. I don’t have an extensive collection, but I do have a much-loved assortment that includes a hand-sewn cloth Nativity that little hands may play with. I also have a treasured olive wood set from my mission trip to Israel in 2000, when my husband and I chaperoned a high school trip that our son went on. My husband and I brought back matching Nativity sets for each of our children, including our then-to-be-born “caboose kiddo,” Christa, who arrived later that year on Christmas Eve.
And then there’s the one tiny Nativity scene I keep out all year-round, perched atop my armoire, right next to my daughter Amy’s origami bridal bouquet. I started the tradition several years ago when a pastor challenged his Christmas Eve congregation — me included — to not pack Christmas away with the ornaments and the Advent wreaths and the snowmen collections. Yes, I have one of those, too.
And so, I display this one reminder of Christmas — or, as my husband reminds the family every year: Christ-mas: the celebration of the Messiah — all year long. It’s a purposeful way to honor Christmas in my heart. A reminder to keep Christmas all the year. I look up as I’m putting clothes away, and I remember that God is Immanuel … God with Us. God with me. Every day. All day long. All year long.
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- Signed copy of Where Treetops Glisten by Cara Putman and candy cane ornaments because the heroine makes those in the novel
- Signed copy of Paper Hearts and a hot off the press ARC of Change of Heart, both by Courtney Walsh
- Signed copies of Amish Christmas at North Star and The Art of Losing Yourself, both by Katie Ganshert
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