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Okay, now let’s get to this very special post that I have for you today. I thought it would be a perfect time to share our family’s treasured “Vintage Nativity Scene”. I’ve never shared it, not even on my own blog, but I’m ready to do that now, so I hope you enjoy not only it’s beauty, but the story behind it.
My only brother, Bobby, was the talented young boy who created this beautiful hand crafted ceramic nativity scene. It was 1975 and Bobby was 15 years old, and I was 5. I remember when my older siblings would all go to “ceramic class” at night. I wasn’t old enough to go, so you can imagine how excited I was when he brought his beautifully painted nativity set home for my Mom & Dad to display at Christmas. To me, it was like one big play house that I could re-arrange (almost like a decorator would).
My Mom would display it on her cedar chest, and I remember her explaining to me the meaning behind the nativity scene, how fragile the pieces were, and how careful we must be. I remember picking up the delicate ceramic pieces and examining each one. Baby Jesus being my favorite one. To this day we kiss him when we set up the manger, and we kiss him goodnight when he is wrapped up for safe keeping after Christmas.
As we grew older, I never got the chance to ask Bobby how he managed to create such beautiful shades of color, and I still often wonder. My brother passed away in 1995 and I know he is so happy that I keep his nativity scene safe. His initials are engraved on the bottom of all of the pieces. He was so proud of his work, and very well should be.
Here’s a handsome photo of Bobby I thought you might enjoy.
Merry Christmas from my family to yours~