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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Traditions




  With just a few days until Christmas, we've come to the end of our Christmas Craft and Gift Series. I hope you've enjoyed these posts, and perhaps found some that you would like to add to your own family traditions. Today, I'll be sharing one final project, as well as a slideshow.


  This project is a wood craft that we made over twenty years ago, and have used every Christmas since then.

Our Christmas Manger Scene

  This manger scene started out with a simple line drawing cut out of cardboard. The scene consisted of Mary and Joseph, three shepherds, a few sheep, and a tiny manger. Brian took that pattern and using his scroll saw, cut the forms out of wood. I used a wooden bead, and a scrap of fabric to make the little baby Jesus. I considered painting these figures, but decided to leave them plain. We usually string lights behind them, creating a silhouette.


Manger scene
  
Hanging up the sparkling lights around our manger scene,
 to show the birth of Jesus is what Christmas truly means, 
was our tradition every year, to give God all the glory.
Songs of Jesus coming retold the Christmas story.

Manger Scene
When we lived in town, I covered the cardboard set with tinfoil 
to make a silhouette for the window.


  Many years ago I wrote a song celebrating all of our family's Christmas traditions. A group of young people recorded the song on a Christmas CD by the same name. I collected various pictures taken over the years, to create this slideshow. The lyrics are below the slideshow.


Traditions







Manger scene, Luke 2:12

Hanging up the sparkling lights 

around our manger scene,
to show the birth of Jesus is what Christmas truly means,
was our tradition every year, 

to give God all the glory.
Songs of Jesus coming retold 

the Christmas story.
~

Gingerbread and candy canes,
cookies baked to give away,
singing carols, Christmas plays,
gifts and going to Grandma’s place.
While some traditions come and go, 

others we hold dear.
We cherish all the memories 

we’ve created through the years.
~



Mom was always first to wake, but soon us kids would rouse.
We’d snuggle under blankets, as we gathered all around.
This one tradition never changed, for every Christmas morning,
Dad would take his Bible, and read the Christmas story.
~
Gingerbread and candy canes,
cookies baked to give away,
singing carols, Christmas plays,
gifts and going to Grandma’s place.
While some traditions come and go, others we hold dear.
We cherish all the memories we’ve created through the years.

~
While some traditions come and go, others we hold dear.
We cherish all the memories we've created through the years.




 Have a wonderful Christmas, and remember,
 Jesus is the reason we celebrate the Christmas season.

4 comments:

Kim Smith said...

Nice manger scene. I remember our living manger scene at church. I was always so fascinated as a child.

Kathi said...

I love your manger scene, especially that it's handmade - that makes it a very special tradition!

Deborah said...

Thanks Kim and Kathi! Yes it IS special, because my husband made it, and also because of what it represents. We've always tried to keep the birth of Jesus at the center of our traditions, and having this manger scene to set up each year, I think has helped our kids, and now grandkids. One of my daughters also has a set made by her dad.

Michelle said...

I, too, love your manger scene. I love that you and your husband worked together to make it, and the different ways you've used it through the years. I also like its simplicity. Thank you for sharing!