You have 10 nativities in one parsonage and you are always looking for more! I knew that Beth and I had an unnatural attraction to nativity sets, I didn’t realize how bad it was. As Beth opened number ten, (or at least the start of #10) we were both talking about other sets we had seen this season. The kids have enjoyed “playing” with them over the years. Many of them have a piece broken or missing. They are each special and most have a special story that goes with it.
This is a complete St. John’s set. At my current appointment, St. John’s UMC in Davenport, they have a great tradition. A small group of people make these ceramic pieces by hand and then early in Advent each child receives a piece in worship. As infants they receive Jesus and get additional pieces each year through sixth grade. The hope is that the set will be a beautiful memory of their childhood for years to come. This set was given to Mackenzie by the group that works so hard on them since we got to Davenport when she was in sixth grade. It is displayed under our Christmas tree.
I hope you enjoy seeing these as much as we enjoy displaying them.