Thursday, December 21, 2006

Around the House

Twenty-seven years ago Don brought home our first manger. Since then we have added mangers for each of our children. This year, after Christmas, Don will be packing them up for the first time and dividing them so that Quanah can take his to his home in Indiana. Since Q is getting married in June and he and Erin will be traveling through here during the summer to pick up some things from the storage locker, this was deemed the perfect time to say good-bye to a few of our mangers. Next year I will be buying mangers again but this time it will be for us. After all, we will need to restock.



A gift from Francine after a trip to Terra del Fuego, Patagonia, Chili, and Peru. This is one of my favorite mangers scenes, if not my favorite. It is hand painted on a clay flower with little hand painted figures carefully set into it.





Two more of many


This Fontanini creche is the one that started it all. When Quanah turned seven we started buying individual figures for him. Now 20 years later, the figures will be packed up and sent home with him next summer. He and Erin can pick out their own central manger figures and we have the pleasure of starting our collection of figures all over again.


10 comments:

Star said...

What a lovely tradition; each is so different from the others.

Susie said...

Beautiful Nativity sets. It will be fun to collect a new one just for the two of you!
:)

trailbee said...

What a wonderful tradition, Anne.These scenes are beautiful.

Janet said...

A thoughtful tradition for your family, and now you're passing it on to your son and his family to continue. That's what makes it all worthwhile. Beautiful.

Naturegirl said...

A lovely tradition of the true meaning of Christmas!

One Crabapple said...

Hi Annie - Turlock Girl !

Love the Manger pieces. You have so many special ones !

I know this is a strange Christmas for you without your mom now...

I am thinking of you. Just wanted you to know.

Much Love, S.

miss*R said...

thankyou dear Annie, for the kindness, care and concern shown to me this past year. I appreciate your friendship alot & hope it continues to grow in 2007 - wishing you every blessing & peace to you this season xoxo

Kara said...

Annie, I think that little flower Nativity would be my favorite too. I few years ago I was inspired to buy one little (3inches) Nativity scene from Peru. The manager sits cradled in these two hands and it is made of clay - so of course your flower attracts me.
Merry Christmas to you and your family - may you have sweet memories and enjoy your traditions.

Paris Parfait said...

These are all beautiful and meaningful. How wonderful that your children can enjoy them in their new homes, continuing the tradition.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

what fun to take a little peak inside your house!

It has been fun getting to know you this year. Wishing you a happy holiday and a peaceful new year!