But my favourite Christmas decoration was the manger scene that sat on our television set. It came in a rectangular box which said MADE IN ITALY on the bottom. The roof folded up to fit inside the box as did the stable. Plastic figurines lay under the roof. Mom would set up the stable, open up the roof to go on top, and place the figurines carefully in their spots. Mary and Joseph sat on either side of baby Jesus, sleeping on what looked like a tiny stool lined with hay. The donkey, ox and lamb gazed at the baby Jesus from a distance. The three wise men, their gifts in their hands, waited in a single file line to see the newborn king. The angel hung from a nail at the peak of the roof. And the best part of all was the miniature light bulb poking through the back of the stable to serve as the Star over Bethlehem.
There was something so peaceful about that creche. When Rob and I bought our house we tried to find a nativity scene just like it, but to no avail. It was one of a kind. For more information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nativity_scene.