One late fall, my aunt and uncle invited us to their home in Flint, Michigan. They insisted that we go with them to the quaint town of Frankenmuth for a German chicken dinner and a stroll through the world’s largest Christmas store, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland.
Bronner’s truly had more Christmas decorations in one place than I could have imagined. But, what most amazed me were all the different nativities and sizes, some but an inch tall to larger than life. And of course, I came home with a small piece, the holy family and a star and an angel, to begin my tradition of decorating with nativities for Christmas.
I had no idea what I was going to do with those three pieces. But, one year I arranged them in one of my Longaberger baskets and loved it.
The angel was wired to the edge of the basket which became the rooftop of the “stable,” and the holy family was placed inside the basket/stable, surrounded by some golden threads of ribbon. The star became a fixture on another nativity.
Last year, I placed the nativity basket on my piano with a few other things.
Since that trip, I have gone back to Bronner’s on a few occasions, and each time I came home with a nativity. Decorating with nativities can be a time to express your creativity. Just like the darning or button baskets sheltering the holy family, I’ve used baskets to display my nativities in fun and unusual ways.
I love decorating for Christmas. Even more, I love including things in my decor that remind me why I’m decorating. Yes, the reason for the season.
Decorating with nativities each Christmas has a way of helping me to pause….and ponder.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. ~ Luke 2:19
May your heart be filled with the joy of the season,
Disclosure…I shared about Bronner’s because it is a unique place to visit and I love decorating with nativities each Christmas, especially the unusual ones I purchased there. I received NO compensation for this post or my thoughts. The Longaberger link is to my consultant website (Diane Miller) and I will receive a commission for any sales placed there. (The darning or button baskets are retired.) Thank you!
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