October 20, 2021


Joseph was a friend everyone called on to help with decorating for Christmas!  Several friends of his mother’s actually hired him to decorate their homes each year, including putting up and trimming the tree. Fortunately for me, he was available to help when needed with special decorations for parties and my least favorite task of putting the lights on the tree.  

He also gave me some lovely ornaments over the years, many of which I still use.  But this terracotta nativity scene he gave me was a particular favorite.  When we first moved into our Williamsburg West home, the living room and dining room walls were painted pastel peach—and the terracotta blended perfectly.  For several Christmases, I displayed the nativity scene on our hearth with candles and greenery behind it.

After I moved to my Nashville home, there isn’t as much space for all the figures.  One year I set it up on a chest in the Florida room, and once in the garage den.  The past few years I’ve left it carefully packed away in a plastic box in the outside storage building.

On Monday, when I had the storage building demolished, I was delighted to open the box and look at the terracotta nativity figures—three camels, one cow, one sheep, two shepherds, three wise men, Mary and Joseph, one angel and the manager with baby Jesus. I took this photo of it on a table in the garage den today. I’m going to send the picture around to a few people to see if they would enjoy having it.  Hopefully, by this Christmas the nativity scene will have a new home!

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