Monday, December 28, 2009
It is a plate from the Spanish firm, Lladro, and shows Mary with the Baby Jesus on her lap and the ox and the donkey behind them.
The soft blue border frames the raised figures on the plate. The clothing has great patterned detail.
Tha plate has all the grace and perfection that is a Lladro hallmark.
This post is being linked to Blue Monday, sponsored by our gracious Sally at Smiling Sally.
Friday, December 25, 2009
He didn’t owe
Because we owed a
Debt we couldn’t pay.
Inside the cover is a familiar quote from Matthew 1:23 KJV,
"Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth
A Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel…God with us."
May you see
And know anew
Just how great His love
Is toward you.
This is my wish for each of my blogger friends and for their loved ones.
All my best to you this glorious season,
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Each ornament a blue tag announcing the maker of the beautiful ornaments:
"Cedar View Gifts
Quality Christian Craftsmanship
Made in the USA
The first ornament shows Mary on a donkey led by Joseph with a Star above. The text is Luke 2:4-5:
The next shows the familiar scene of Mary, Baby Jesus in Manger and Joseph, with Star above. The text is Luke 2:11:
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord"
The third shows the shepherds with Star above. The scripture is Luke 2:8,9:
"And there were shepherds abiding in the field, And, lo,the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them."
The fourth ornament in the set depicts the Three Wise men on Camels, with Star above. The text is Matt. 2:1-12:
"There came wise men from the east, Saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? We have seen his star in the east, and come to worship him."
The top of each ornament has its original fixed small brass style metal loop for hanging.
The first three ornaments are in a short arch:
Virgin Mary - approx. 2-1/2" across x 2-7/8" high
Baby Jesus - 2-3/4" high x 2-3/4" across.
Joseph - 3" across x 3" high.
The two musicians are also in a pointed arch – each 4" high x 1" across. Many Italian nativities feature musicians. This set has two:
Musician with long horn
Musician with bagpipes
Note the cross above the heads of the figures in the narrow frames:
Since Christmas has now become more and more secular, most of the ornaments available cover non-religious themes. However, each year more and more artists and manufacturers focus on the theme of Jesus’ nativity. This helps us to focus on the Christ of Christmas.
May You Each Enjoy a Blessed Christmas!
This post is linked to Vintage Thingies Thursday. See more Vintage Thingies Thursday posts listed by Suzanne at Coloradolady.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The calendar I used in 2007 and 2008 is a vintage Advent calendar printed in West Germany. The first slot reveals a Messianic prophecy "The people that walked in darkness, have seen a great light." Is. 9:2. This made me smile and think, “Yes, thank you, Jesus; may we always walk in your light!"
Next is a children’s calendar from Oriental Trading Co. I found it at a local thrift store last week. The special was your choice of a bag-full of Christmas things for $2.00; so this only cost me about a dime.
This felt calendar had numbered pockets with one figure for the nativity scene to be taken out each day and placed in or around the stable – Shepherds, Wise Men, animals, and the Holy Family.
The Baby Jesus figure is in the last pocket, December 24th.
The calendar I am using this season is a new one from Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. It features the town of Bethlehem and has 24 windows scattered across the scene.
Each window reveals a Bible text and a color illustration:
A fold-out section at the front forms the town wall and gate.
A fourth calendar, one I received as a gift, has The Nutcracker as its theme.
Each day a mini book numbered for that day, tells one segment of the story of the Nutcracker, until it culminates on December 24 with the Magic Sleigh.
This calendar was published in 1993 by Workman Publishing Co. The story is retold by Mary Packard and illustrated by Nan Brooks.
The custom of using an Advent calendar to look forward to the coming of the Baby Jesus is a nice way to mark the family's anticipation of Christmas Eve.
Thank you for stopping by today.
May you be blessed this Christmas season and into the New Year!
My felt Advent calendar qualifies for Second-Time Around Tuesday which Diane hosts at A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words. See more participants at her blog.
Monday, December 21, 2009
I didn’t take a before photo of the bare walls but did find a 2002 holiday photo showing the staircase with a few pieces of framed artwork.
Now I decided to dedicate it entirely to the nativity collection, since to the right at the bottom of the stairs is the room where the collection is displayed.
Here are views of the stairwell now.
On the left side looking down:
On the same side looking up:
On the right side looking down:
On the right side looking up. The first three pieces are embroideries:
This post is linked to Metamorphosis Monday, hosted by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch. Go there for a listing of more transformations.
Thank you for visiting today. I wish you a wonderful Christmas and urge you to "keep Christ in Christmas"